Volleyball Faces Briar Cliff Tonight

Volleyball Faces Briar Cliff Tonight

WHERE AND WHEN… Dordt College will travel to Briar Cliff in Sioux City, Iowa on Monday, March 20.  The match will start at 7:00.  Results will be posted to www.dordt.edu/athletics and https://twitter.com/dcathletics and also at https://www.facebook.com/dordtdefenders

THE OPPONENT… Briar Cliff is 8-8 overall and 3-6 in conference play.  The Chargers are 6-1 in their last seven games and Robert Morris is the only team to have beaten Briar Cliff since February 21.

Briar Cliff is led by Peyton Schirman’s 6.09 kills per set average and he has a .292 kill efficiency. Jacob Ewart is averaging 2.13 kills as well and Enrique Barajas puts up 9.02 assists per set.  Noah Marasco-Ayau leads the team with 2.0 digs.

Briar Cliff averages 12.45 kills and allow 12.16.  The Chargers have recorded 43 service aces to 58 for opponents and Briar Cliff gets 2.26 points per set on blocks while opponents average 1.94.

THE DEFENDERS… Dordt is 1-16 this season and 0-6 in the conference.

Ben Tiemersma leads the team in kills per set with 2.54 and Danny Beaton has lifted his kill average to 1.63. Tyler Postma assists on 5.68 kills per set and Mark Schussler is the leader in digs at 2.16 per outing.

The Defenders are averaging 7.23 kills and allows 13.77.  Dordt has 44 service aces and allow 99 and the Defenders own a 1.83-1.78 blocks per outing advantage.

LAST ACTION…Briar Cliff beat Graceland 25-18, 25-22, 25-19 on Saturday.  Schirman had 12 kills and Cruz put down 11 and Barajas had 37 assists.

The Defenders lost to Graceland 3-2 on Saturday.  Dordt lost sets one and two 25-20, 25-23 and came back to win sets three and four 25-23, 25-23.  Set five went to Graceland 15-6.  Ben Tiemersma had 13 kills and Danny Beaton had eight with Caleb Brandsma and Davis Konynenbelt each recorded seven.  Tyler Postma put up 35 assists and Alex Durbin was in on six block assists.

WHERE WE GO FROM HERE… The Defenders will be off until March 29 when they face Morningside on the road.  Dordt’s final home match is March 30 against Lindenwood-Belleville.

HISTORY…Briar Cliff dropped Dordt 3-0 on February 21 by scores of 25-9, 25-21, 25-16.  Tiemersma had 10 kills and Beaton had four in the loss while Schirman and Cruz each had 11 for the Chargers.  Barajas put up 34 assists for the Chargers and Postma had 15 for Dordt.