Panthers Drop GLIAC Opener at Northwood

Kristy Birkemeier
Kristy Birkemeier

MIDLAND, Mich. – Ohio Dominican's volleyball team couldn't muster enough offense as the Panthers fell 3-0 (17-25, 18-25, 20-25) in their GLIAC opener at Northwood on Friday.

ODU hit just .115 in the match and finished with 26 kills, while the Timberwolves hit .298 as a squad.

In the opening set, a kill by senior Rachel Billing (Anna, Ohio) put ODU on top 10-9 after trailing 4-0 in the early going. The Timberwolves, though, took control with an 11-1 surge, as the Panthers were plagued by five hitting errors and a pair of service aces.

The Panthers had a stronger start in the second set, taking a 5-2 lead early before another big NU run put the home team in charge. Northwood built a 15-10 advantage midway through the set and ODU would draw no closer than three points the rest of the way.

The third set was a back-and-forth affair, with neither side leading by more than two points throughout the majority of action. Tied at 16, NU scored three straight to make it 19-16. The Panthers trimmed the deficit to two on a pair of occasions, but the Timberwolves held on to claim the set.

Junior Kristy Birkemeier (Columbus Grove, Ohio) led ODU with nine kills and Billing finished with seven, along with seven digs. Senior libero Stacy Rogg (Cincinnati, Ohio) paced the Panthers with 12 digs and freshman Kelsey Snyder (Macomb, Mich.) had 11 assists and six digs. Freshman Caitlin Kusan (Westerville, Ohio) had another strong performance with a match-high six block assists.

Ohio Dominican closes its opening weekend of GLIAC play at Lake Superior State at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Contact: Scott Miles

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