American Midwest/Great Plains/Kansas Tournament Quarterfinal
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College men's volleyball team concluded its season with a 3-0 loss to Park on Saturday.
The Pirates took an 8-5 lead early in set one. The Defenders rallied to tie things at 12, but a 5-0 run by Park put things out of reach. The Pirates took set one 25-17.
Set two followed a similar pattern to set one. A 13-6 start for Park was enough to keep Dordt at bay. The Defenders cut it to 14-10, but couldn't muster any more offense and the Pirates won 25-18.
The Defenders fell behind 12-3 in set three and couldn't spark a rally. The Pirates walked away with the 25-13 victory and moved on to the next round of the conference tournament.
Ben Tiemersma led Dordt with 11 kills and five digs.
Garret Vander Zee had seven kills and three digs in the loss.
Tyler Postma and Austin Clark each had 10 assists.
Felipe Guirau led all players with 12 digs.
Andrea Maggio was close behind with 11.
Mateus Martens had 12 digs to lead all players.
COACH HANSON SAID
"We wrapped up our season today against a strong Park team that played hard and executed well. Some successes at points in this match were exciting for us yet challenging to sustain. We will miss our senior men who helped lead us through our most successful men's season to date. Ben played a powerful role and led our conference in kills per set through much of the year. Austen led our conference in digs per set through much of the year. That kind of production from these two men was phenomenal and we relied on them each time we took the floor. Further, their heart to serve God and their teammates is what will leave a tremendous legacy for the future of this young program."