COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican volleyball team continues its 2019 campaign with three matches, including two inside Alumni Hall this week.
Ohio Dominican begins the stretch by renewing an old rivalry with the NAIA's Rio Grande. The Black & Gold will be on the road for the first meeting since 2009 with the Red Storm, which is scheduled for a 7 p.m. first serve, Tuesday, Oct. 29. ODU then hosts Great Midwest Athletic Conference opponents Tiffin and Cedarville on Friday, Nov. 1 (7 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 2 (1 p.m.), respectively.
The Panthers (2-21) are coming off a weekend that saw them lose a pair of 3-1 matches on the road to nationally-ranked Hillsdale and Findlay. Freshman Emilee Fecht (Hilliard, Ohio) at least tied for the team lead in kills in both matches, as she finished with 26 on the weekend. Fecht hit .302 for the week, improving her team-high season mark to .255. For the year, the freshman is averaging 2.2 kills per set and is tied for the ODU high in service aces with 26.
Leading ODU with 3.3 points per set is sophomore Amanda Remmetter (Springfield, Ohio). Remmetter also has 26 kills this fall to go along with 204 digs and 36 blocks. The sophomore has posted 10-plus kills and five-plus digs in five of the last seven matches.
Freshman Carleigh Deitsch (St. Henry, Ohio) is currently eighth in the G-MAC in assists per set at 7.5. During her first year with the Black & Gold, Deitsch has recorded 484 assists, including 46 over two matches last week.
Senior Allie Rutter (Fostoria, Ohio) has a team-high 328 digs this season and her average of 3.8 per set ranks eighth in the conference. Rutter has four matches this season with 20-plus digs, including both matches last week. During the match with Hillsdale, the senior logged an ODU career high of 28 digs.
The Panthers' first opponent of the week, Rio Grande, has a 16-10 overall record and is 7-2 at home. The Red Storm have beaten a pair of NCAA Division II schools this fall, Salem International twice and fellow G-MAC institution, Alderson Broaddus, in three sets. The all-time series history gives ODU a 24-15 advantage.
Tiffin has a 12-11 overall mark and is currently third in the G-MAC standings with a -61 record. The Dragons, who won four of five matches before the Midwest Region Crossover, are just 0.5 game back from first place in the league standings and are coming off a 3-0 win over Cedarville last week. The Panthers lead the all-time series 27-22, but have dropped three straight to TU.
Cedarville will enter the weekend with a 13-8 overall mark and 5-2 mark in G-MAC action. The Yellow Jackets are 10-5 away from home and have won three of their last five matches overall. Cedarville also holds a 34-10 edge in the all-time series. ODU's last win in the series came in 2010.
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