Apr 10, 2022 14:00 PM PST

The Tornadoes Lose Steam in 1-3 Loss to Stingers

Led by starting opposite Jorge Mencia (14 PTS | 9 Kills, 1 Ace, and 5 Blocks), the Utah Stingers defeated the Dallas Tornadoes, 3-1 | 21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-14. Outside Hitter Storm Faagata-Tufuga added 13 PTS (12 kills, 1 Ace, and 1 Block) for the Stingers in the victory, helping to hold back the Tornadoes Outside Hitter, Felix Chapman. He tallied a team-high 19 PTS | 18 kills, and 1 Ace for Dallas in the losing effort.

The Stingers came un-prepared in the first set for the Tornadoes' hot streak after their 3-0 win over the Colorado Kraken. Even with a hitting percentage of 37%, the Stingers could not overcome the Tornadoes' 50% hitting efficiency as a team. Additionally, the Stingers matched all of their points with their own errors, allowing the Tornadoes easy work in the first set.

The Stingers regrouped fast, getting their offense in check, with both middles, Russel Holmes and Sean Dennis, each hitting 100% efficiency. Additionally, the teams blocking (2, 3, 3, and 8) and reception (68%, 69%, 84%, and 90%) increased each set, slowly bringing the Tornadoes down to size. Michael Vellutato kept his team firing on all cylinders, becoming the highest-rated setter in the league thus far based on his team's hitting efficiency at 60% for the match.

The Dallas Tornadoes saw their new Middle Blocker, Angel Rivera, really shine in this match, gaining the highest hitting efficiency at 77% (10 kills on 13 attempts). Felix Chapman also has continued to lead his team as the kill leader of the match and opposite Nick Serowski maintaining his strong start in the season with 12 points of his own. The Tornadoes fought hard but came up short, struggling to set up consistent blocking as a team and managing their errors on the attack after a positive pass, only scoring a point 34% of the time on a positive pass compared to the Stingers, who scored 64% of the time on a good pass. The Stingers are now 2-0 on the weekend leading the American Central division, with the Tornadoes now 1-1. The Stingers will face a solid yet familiar opponent in their next match against the Las Vegas Ramblers, who are also 2-0 on the season thus far. While the Tornadoes look to push their record to 2-1 against the Inland Empire Matadors, who are currently sitting at 0-2 in the American Coastal Division.

- NVA Staff Writer