INDIANAPOLIS – The Ohio Dominican volleyball team dropped a pair of 3-1 neutral site matches to McKendree and Wayne State during the opening day of the 12th annual Midwest Region Crossover.
The Panthers won the second set in both matches but could not convert on their other opportunities at The Academy Volleyball Club Friday. ODU dropped the opener to McKendree by a score of 25-18, 22-25, 25-15 and 25-20. The night cap saw the Warriors defeat the Black & Gold 25-18, 23-25, 25-13 and 25-19.
Leading the offense were sophomore Amanda Remmetter (Springfield, Ohio) and freshman Kamryn Maxwell (Norwalk, Ohio). Remmetter paced the Panthers with 25 kills over two matches, while adding 17 digs. Maxwell logged 13 of her 20 kills in the second match, where she hit a team-best .300. The freshman also pitched in 14 digs defensively.
Freshman Carleigh Deitsch (St. Henry, Ohio) led the team in assists during both matches, tallying 24 and 19 for a total of 43 on Day One of the regional tournament. After a seven-match absence, sophomore setter Zoë Carmichael (Wooster, Ohio) returned to the court in the second half of the doubleheader, recording 11 assists in three sets. Leading the back row with 24 digs was senior Allie Rutter (Fostoria, Ohio). Rutter had 10 digs against the Bearcats, a match that also saw her go 33-of-35 in receptions.
The Panthers conceded the opening five points of the day to McKendree and were only able to pull within four, 9-5, during the first set. The Bearcats, who took advantage of a combined 19 ODU attacking, serving and receiving errors, eventually won the frame, 25-18.
ODU responded in the second set by scoring 14 of the first 20 points. During the scoring spurt to start, Remmetter had three of her five set kills, while Rutter added two service aces. Despite a late rally from McKendree, the Black & Gold held on for a 25-22 decision.
Runs of 8-1 or better in the third and fourth sets helped the Bearcats in securing the match victory. An 8-1 spurt in the third set held McKendree to a 25-15 win. Despite scoring 10 of the final 16 points in the final frame, ODU still fell 25-20.
The Panthers once again got off to a slow start against Wayne State, dropping seven of the first 10 points in the match. The Warriors only allowed ODU to pull within three points throughout the remainder of the set, winning 25-18.
With WSU appearing to be on the verge of a 2-0 match advantage, the Panthers rallied from a 19-16 deficit to win 25-23. A 6-0 run started what was a 9-4 spurt to end the set, which was capped by a kill from Maxwell.
The Warriors hit nearly .500 in the third set to cruise to a 25-13 decision. In the final set, after an early 3-0 ODU lead, WSU took control and closed the match with 10 of the final 15 points, taking set No. 4, 25-19.
Ohio Dominican will look to bounce back at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, when the team concludes play at the Regional Crossover against Lake Superior State.
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