(Friday, April 5; Sioux Center, Iowa) Ben Tiemersma (Senior; South Holland, Illinois) and Austen Scammon (Senior; Dayton, Wyoming) have earned post-season honors in voting done by the coaches in the American Midwest/Great Plains/Kansas Conference.
Tiemersma earned second-team honors after averaging 3.75 kills per set with a .220 kill efficiency. He also had 1.5 digs per contest and was in on 32 blocks. Tiemersma ranked second in the league in kills per set and graduates from the Dordt program with 717 kills.
“Ben has had an incredible year and career for our men’s volleyball program. He is the first graduate from men’s volleyball to have played all 4 seasons. This season, he not only led our team in kills/set but also led our conference for most of it. He had a huge impact for us in the front row as well as the backrow, attacking and digging, passing, and serving. We relied on Ben regularly and he produced greatness all the time. His impact off the court was just as instrumental in his captain role and spiritual leadership for our program. We are blessed for Ben’s continual involvement and selfless love he showed his teammates,” said Dordt coach Chad Hanson.
Scammon earned honorable mention honors after leading the team in digs per set with a 3.08 average. He had the second best digs per set average in the league and had 286 digs during his career with a .926 serve reception efficiency.
“Through most of the season, Austen led our conference in digs per set. For the intensity of our conference schedule and the national ranking opponent’s that we faced on a routine basis, this statistical category is quite significant. Austen is an incredible athlete and played many different positions over his collegiate career. He not only absorbed himself into each position to learn it fully, but he gave each position an exciting amount of energy that enhanced our court dynamic and led us to new heights of success this season. Austen gave us great leadership in his role as team captain and shared his faith in Christ regularly throughout the weeks,” said Hanson.
The Defender season came to a close in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament on Saturday, March 30.