Students from Jim Strode's Sport Communication class played the role of sports information director Wednesday night, writing a recap of ODU's volleyball victory over Lake Erie. They had to submit their recap immediately after the game, and senior Bobby Franks' was selected as the best of the bunch. You can read it below.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Dominican Panthers were led by Rachel Billing (Anna, OH) who contributed 17 kills and 15 digs as she finished with 18 points, while Kelsey Snyder (Macomb, MI) seemed to find everyone on the floor as she led the way with 40 assists en route to a victory over the Lake Erie Storm (25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 25-13) Wednesday night at Alumni Hall.
The win helped increase the Panthers record to 8-3 overall (3-3 GLIAC) on the season as Lake Erie drops to 2-6 (1-5).
In the first set, it was a back in forth battle when the Panthers rallied off 6 straight points to give them the advantage as the Storm couldn't mount a comeback as Ohio Dominican won the first set 25-17. Sophomore Tara Winner (Versailles, OH) led the Panthers with 6 kills while adding a block. Snyder led the way for the Panthers with 10 assists respectively.
In the second set, errors hurt the Panthers as they committed 9 total errors in a tightly contested second set, 23-25. Senior libero Stacy Rogg (Cincinnati, OH) led the way with 4 digs. Their offense seemed to subside as they only hit .238 from the floor.
In the third set, ODU put together a couple of rallies to make the score 24-16. They managed to hold off a quick surge from the Storm as they took it 25-21. Billing put together a series of sharp shooting kills as she commanded ODU with 6 kills and an assist. Junior Kristy Birkemeier (Columbus Grove, OH) helped the Panthers defense with 3 key digs.
The fourth and final set was no contest for ODU as they managed a 10-1 run to wrap up the match 25-13. The "go- to" players tonight turned it on as Snyder was fabulous with 10 assists, and Billing finished the set with 7 digs and 5 kills.
The Panthers return to conference play Saturday, September, 24th at 2 p.m. as they will play host to Ashland University.