COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican volleyball team heads west to Indianapolis this weekend for three matches in the 12th annual Midwest Region Crossover.
The Panthers are slated for two matches Friday, Oct. 18, facing McKendree at 11 a.m., followed by a 6 p.m. contest with Wayne State. ODU will then face Lake Superior State at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19.
ABOUT THE CROSSOVER: The regional event is in its 12th year of existence and will take place this fall at The Academy Volleyball Club. The crossover features teams from ODU's Great Midwest Athletic Conference, as well as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). The G-MAC won nine matches a season ago, with the Panthers and Lake Erie tying for the best record in the league at 2-1. After wins over Maryville and Purdue Northwest last fall, the Black & Gold have posted a winning record at the Crossover in three of the past four years. All-time, ODU is 11-16 at the event, and since joining the G-MAC in 2017, are 2-4.
LAST TIME OUT: Ohio Dominican is coming off a 1-1 road weekend in conference play, defeating Alderson Broaddus, 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 16-25, 25-15, and 15-6), before falling at Ohio Valley by a score of 3-1 (20-25, 25-16, 25-20, and 25-17). In the win over the Battlers, the Panthers held AB to a hitting percentage of .037 or worse in the three sets they won. Sophomore Abbi Gillson (Canton, Ohio) was in on five of the team's nine blocks in the match. Freshman Emilee Fecht (Hilliard, Ohio) led the way with 14 kills. Against the Fighting Scots, Gillson and classmate Amanda Remmetter (Springfield, Ohio) tied for the team-high with 12 kills.
AT THE NET: The trio of Remmetter, Fecht and Gillson have been strong for the Panthers in the front row all season long. Remmetter leads the team with 2.82 kills per set, while her 3.37 points per set rank inside the top 10 in the G-MAC. The sophomore also has 32 blocks, 21 service aces and 159 digs (2.34/set).
Fecht has a team-high .267 hitting percentage, which also ranks 10th in the conference among qualified participants. As a result, the freshman has averaged 2.26 kills per set. Fecht also ranks among the top in the G-MAC in total blocks, 46, and service aces, 22.
Gillson has been ODU's top blocker this fall with 49, which is eighth-best in the G-MAC. The sophomore transfer is the third Panther averaging over two kills per set this season, currently averaging 2.07.
BACK ROW AND ASSISTS: Senior Allie Rutter (Fostoria, Ohio) has been key in the back row defense for ODU, as she leads the team with 245 digs. Her dig total ranks sixth in the conference, while the senior's mark of 3.66 per set are eighth-best. Rutter, who has posted 10-plus digs in 10 consecutive matches, is seven digs shy of breaking her season-high best at ODU.
Freshman Carleigh Deitsch (St. Henry, Ohio) has stepped into the setting role for the Black & Gold, averaging 8.22 assists per set. With nine straight 20-plus assist performances, Deitsch has 378 helpers this fall. During her recent stretch, Deitsch has topped 40 assists three times, including last Friday at Alderson Broaddus.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: ODU's three opponents bring in a combined 21-31 overall record this weekend. McKendree is 8-10 overall, including a 3-4 mark in the GLVC to earn their league's ninth seed for this weekend. The Bearcats have yet to face a G-MAC opponent this season and went 2-1 at the Crossover last season. ODU is 2-3 all-time against MU, last falling twice during the 2014 season. The Panthers' last win in the series came in 2009.
Wayne State hoists an 8-9 overall record. The Warriors are the GLIAC's ninth seed with a 3-6 start to league competition. Wayne State opened the season with a 3-1 win over McKendree and is 1-1 against G-MAC opponents this fall. The Warriors were 0-3 at the regional tournament last season. The Panthers are 2-8 versus WSU, falling in the most recent meeting in 2017. The last Panther win came in 2014, 3-1.
Lake Superior State is 5-12 overall and 2-7 in GLIAC play, which earned it the 11th seed. The Lakers are 0-0 against the G-MAC this fall but did go 2-1 against the conference's schools at last season's Crossover. After falling to LSSU during the 2017 Crossover, ODU's all-time record against the Lakers is 6-2. The Panthers did win a meeting between the two sides in 2016 by a score of 3-0.
Contact: Tyler Jester