A team focused on growth: Dordt Men’s Volleyball

Sawyer Strelnieks–Staff Write

The Men’s Volleyball team at Dordt focuses on building mental toughness and improving relationships on and off the court. Despite some obstacles with injuries and tough opponents, the Defenders still show great energy and improvement in every game they play this season


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Photos By: Sawyer Strelnieks

The team got their first win this season in the second game at home against Lindenwood-Belleville on February 2. The gym was full of excitement as the two teams extended the game to five sets.  Even President Hoekstra got up and led cheering for the student section


The Defenders clinched a crucial win in the fifth set after an error by Lindenwood.


“We demonstrated, in spurts, many of the traits that we will need to have a successful season by external standards,” said Chad Hanson, head coach of the Men’s team. “It was great for our guys to see the result of a match win come from some right mindsets and teamwork.

Beating Lindenwood, a GPAC opponent, gave the defenders an idea of what it takes to compete with teams in their conference. Having many injuries early in season has strengthened and added depth to the bench

Ben Tiemersma shined in Friday’s game against Lindenwood with 19 kills. Tyler Postma set the Defenders up for success with 35 assists and had 13 digs while Mark Schussler also had 13 digs

sawyerstrelnieks-sports-mensvolleyball-(photo by sawyer)-2“Last Friday’s win was huge for us,” Tiemersma said. “It was big in giving us confidence for the rest of the season.

Winning isn’t the Defenders goal this season. Their focus is to get better in every game and show energy on the court. Win or lose, the team focuses on what to take away helping the team grow for their next match

“Our goal isn’t to win every game, but to be active in every game,” said Tyler Postma, Defender Setter.

The JV team have also given the incoming freshman a chance to play as well as get some experience under their belts for the following years

The Defenders lost on the road to third-ranked Briar Cliff on Feb. 6. They hope to come back strong playing their next five games on the road in Parkville, Missouri against various teams in a 2-day tournament. The Defenders next home game is March 1 against Missouri Baptist at 7:00 p.m.

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