Men's Volleyball To Play In GPAC Semifinals Friday Night
- Posted Thursday, April 8, 2021
WHERE AND WHEN…
Dordt will travel to Jamestown on Friday, April 9 in GPAC men’s volleyball tournament play. The Defenders will face Ottawa on Friday at 5:00.
Ottawa was 6-10 this season and 2-4 in league play with wins over Dordt and Morningside in the conference.
Ottawa is averaging 11.8 kills per set with a .192 kill efficiency and they average 2.0 points per set off of blocks.
Ashan Jordan averages 3.1 kills per set with a .210 kill efficiency and Brennan Hagar puts down 2.87 kills per set with 1.89 digs per contest and has 19 ace serves. Cade Berg averages 2.1 kills per outing and has 11 ace serves. Tyler Gardenhire averages 7.5 assists per set with 2.1 digs.
The Defenders are 7-10 this season and Dordt turned in a 3-3 GPAC record.
Caleb Kulesza leads the Dordt effort with 4.2 kills per set and a .265 kill efficiency and he also has a 2.1 digs per set average. Andres Guzman has a 2.5 kills per set average and has a team high 19 ace serves and averages 1.7 digs per set and has handled 94 percent of his serve receptions cleanly. Luke Nelson is good for 1.4 kills per set and leads the team in blocks with 1.1 per contest while Shavon Barker is also good for 1.1 blocks per outing. Boris Le’s assist average is 4.7 and Jeremy Van Belle is averaging 3.1 assists as well. Levi Ewald is tied for the team lead in aces with 19 and gets to 2.2 digs per set.
Dordt has a .189 kill efficiency and 10.27 kills per set and the Defenders get 2.3 blocks per set.
Dordt split with Ottawa this season while absorbing a 3-0 loss on February 5 and the Defenders came back with a 3-1 win on March 12.
Ottawa was led by Berg in the win with 10 kills and Gardenhire had 18 assists. Kulesza led the Defenders with 11 kills and Van Belle had 11 assists. When the teams met in March Kulesza had 16 kills and Guzman 14 as the Defenders took advantage of 23 attack errors by Ottawa. Jordan led all players with 17 kills and Gardenhire had 33 assists.
Ottawa leads the series 10-2.
Ottawa split with Viterbo on back to back matches with a 3-1 win on March 26 and a 3-0 loss on March 27. In the win Ottawa got 15 kills from Hagar and 14 from Jordan while Hagar had 13 and Jordan 10 in the loss.
The Defenders lost a pair to Jamestown on March 25 and 26. Kulesza had nine kills the first night and Guzman had 12 the next night with Kulesza recording eight.
The winner of this match will face the Jamestown-Morningside winner in the finals on Saturday, April 10 at 2:00 pm.
GPAC…(April 8, 2021)
The Defenders will have a new conference affiliation for 2021 with the league comprised of:
Ottawa (Kansas) 2-4/5-7
Hastings and Central Christian (Kansas) were scheduled to have teams in 2021 but have put their debuts off until 2022. Briar Cliff disbanded their program in August 2020.