COLUMBUS, Ohio – A balanced offensive attack, featuring four players with double digit kills, was not enough for Ohio Dominican volleyball Friday evening, as the team fell at home to Great Midwest rival Lake Erie, 3-1.
The Panthers dropped the opening two sets, 27-25 and 25-16, before earning a 25-19 decision in the third set. Despite a chance to serve for the win in the fourth set, ODU fell 26-24, which secured the overall victory for the Storm (5-11, 1-2 G-MAC).
Freshmen Emily Fecht (Hilliard, Ohio) and Kamryn Maxwell (Norwalk, Ohio) each had six kills in the first set, as they tied for the team high in kills with 13 apiece. Both players also finished with a team-best three blocks, with Fecht adding four service aces and Maxwell recording 13 digs.
Sophomores Abbi Gillson (Canton, Ohio) and Amanda Remmetter (Springfield, Ohio) had double-digit kills as well. Gillson posted four kills in the first and third sets, while Remmetter had three or more in the final three frames. Remmetter registered a team and career high 23 digs as well.
Overall, ODU had five players with double digit digs. Senior Allie Rutter (Fostoria, Ohio) and freshman Emily Amore (Newark, Ohio) finished with 13 and 12, respectively. Freshman Carleigh Deitsch (St. Henry, Ohio) posted 12 digs, as well as 38 assists, giving her four consecutive matches with 30-plus helpers.
The Panthers (0-14, 0-3 G-MAC) trailed by as many as six points in the first set, but a kill by Maxwell capped a 5-0 run and tied the frame at 22-all. Errors would cost the Black & Gold down the stretch though, leading Lake Erie to a 27-25 decision in the opening game. The Storm then closed the second frame on a 9-0 scoring run to win 25-16, and take a two-set advantage in the match.
ODU, however, responded by hitting .290 in the third set and forced the Storm into a .080 hitting mark to win 25-19 and keep the match alive. The Panthers had 16 kills in the set, while also forcing seven LEC hitting errors. After taking an 8-1 advantage, ODU found itself in a 13-12 hole, before rattling off 5-1 and 7-2 runs to close the frame.
A tightly contested fourth set was opened up by the Panthers, who used a 10-1 scoring spurt, capped by a kill from Fecht, to take a 23-16 lead. With a possible winner-take-all fifth set on the horizon, Lake Erie rallied to pull within two points, 24-22. The Storm then registered two kills and took advantage of two ODU errors to score a 26-24 victory.
The Panthers finished with 67.0-66.0 edge in points for the match, which marks their highest total in a G-MAC outing this fall. The Storm though, held a 10-6 advantage in total blocks, while also logging 21 attacking errors to ODU's 35.
Ohio Dominican will look to bounce back quickly when they welcome Ursuline for another G-MAC contest inside Alumni Hall at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5.
Contact: Tyler Jester