COLUMBUS, Ohio – The home opener and start of Great Midwest Athletic Conference play headlines the week of competition for Ohio Dominican volleyball.
The Panthers will welcome Mount Vernon Nazarene for their home opener at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24. Then conference play starts this weekend with road matches at Walsh and Malone. ODU and Walsh are slated for a 7 p.m. start, Friday, Sept. 27, and the Panthers and Pioneers will square off at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28.
Ohio Dominican is coming off a 0-3 run at the Southern Indiana Invitational, but did win three sets over the three matches. The Black & Gold fell to the host, USI, 3-0, before taking two sets against Kentucky State and one versus Shorter.
After several strong defensive performances at the net, ODU is ranked fifth in the G-MAC with 1.77 blocks per set. For the season, the Panthers have 62 rejections and have posted at least five blocks in each of the past five matches.
Leading the way on the front line of defense are freshman Emilee Fecht (Hilliard, Ohio) and sophomore Abbi Gillson (Canton, Ohio). Both players are tied for ninth in the G-MAC with 0.77 blocks per set. Fecht also has a team-best .282 hitting percentage, which has resulted in 74 kills, as well as 22 digs and an ODU-high 12 service aces. Gillson has 53 kills, averaging over 1.5 per set.
The stretch at USI was highlighted by the five-setter with Kentucky State, a match that saw three Panthers produce season-high marks. Sophomore Amanda Remmetter (Springfield, Ohio) had a season-best 24 kills in the match, as she leads the team with 92 on the season. Remmetter has also registered 10 aces, 63 digs and 17 blocks.
Senior Allie Rutter (Fostoria, Ohio) and sophomore Zoë Carmichael (Wooster, Ohio) each set career-high totals in the contest with the Thorobreds. Rutter posted 27 digs, while Carmichael had 52 assists. The senior has 128 digs on the campaign, averaging just under four per set. Carmichael logged 57 helpers over six sets last week, improving her team-leading season total to 150 (7.89 per set).
ODU's first opponent of the week, MVNU, is off to a 14-4 start in 2019. However, the Cougars have lost back-to-back matches, both to nationally ranked teams in the NAIA. Prior to the setbacks, MVNU had won eight of its last nine matches and are 40-4 all-time against ODU. The two sides have not met since ODU became an NCAA Division II institution.
Walsh is 6-4 after going 1-2 at the Gannon/Edinboro hosted tournament over the weekend. The Cavaliers have won three straight in the series with ODU, including a 3-1 decision last fall. The Panthers' last win came in the 2016, a conference-opening 3-1 home victory. Walsh leads the overall series, 35-16.
Malone was also at the Gannon/Edinboro tournament last weekend, going 2-1 to improve to 5-8 this season. The Pioneers have taken each of the last two meetings with the Black & Gold, including a 3-0 mark in 2018. ODU does lead the all-time series though, 22-21.
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