- 7:00 PM - Friday, February 1, 2019
- Ottawa, Kansas
- Conference Match
Ottawa def. Dordt 3-0 (25-21, 26-24, 25-13)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Ottawa Braves used a come from behind win in set two and used that momentum to secure a sweep from the Defenders on Friday night in Ottawa, Kansas. The Defenders fell to 0-3 this season with the league decision.
The Braves took the lead in set one at 6-5 as part of a 6-1 run that ended with the Braves up 10-6. The Defenders rallied to within 22-20 with an attack error by the Braves but the Defenders got no closer before falling 25-21.
The Defender bounced back to take a 5-1 lead to start set two and the Defender were still up 13-10 after a Brandon Vaags kill. The Braves rallied and took a 15-14 lead and the teams played back and forth up to a 20-20 tie as neither was able to take more than a one point lead. Ottawa took a 22-20 lead and got to match point 24-22 after a Dordt attack error. A service error by Ottawa got Dordt within one and an attack error tied the set. The Braves scored back to back points on kills by Ashan Jordan for a 26-24 win and a 2-0 match lead.
Ottawa had a 5-2 lead early in set three but Dordt came back to tie the set 7-7. The visitors were unable seize the lead and Ottawa scored six of the next eight points for a 13-9 lead and eventually won the match 25-13.
Ottawa had a .255 kill efficiency while Dordt had a .128 kill efficiency. Ottawa had a 41-17 kill advantage.
Ottawa had seven ace serves and recorded seven points by block and Dordt had three.
Ben Tiemersma had 10 kills and one ace serve with three digs.
Garret Vander Zee had nine kills and two digs.
Tyler Postma had 24 assists and a team high nine digs
Ashan Jordan had 13 kills and Fa’a Tafua had 13 and 10 kills respectively.
Bryce Thompson had 30 assists and two ace serves.
COACH HANSON SAID
“We entered this match with a focus and competitiveness that was impressive to watch. The focus petered out in the third set but the spirit and unity stayed strong. We must grow in our mental focus to execute plays and stay sharp in our court responsibilities. With another match tomorrow we have an opportunity to implement what we’ve learned from tonight.”