NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Ohio Dominican volleyball team dropped its first set of the season but rallied for a 3-1 victory at Trevecca Nazarene Saturday afternoon in head coach Amy Bambenek's Panther coaching debut.
Playing for the first time in 441 days, ODU showed some rust in the first set, falling 25-13 to the Trojans. The Panthers then won three straight sets, starting with the second frame, 25-15. The final two sets were tightly contested but ODU pulled away late in both, winning 25-20 and 25-22.
- ODU won its season opener for the first time since the 2016 season. The win is also the Panthers' first since Oct. 29, 2019.
- With the loss, Trevecca falls to 0-4 overall and in Great Midwest play this season.
- Four Panther players tallied eight or more kills in the contest, led by 12 kills each from juniors Abbi Gillson (Canton, Ohio) and Amanda Remmetter (Springfield, Ohio).
- Remmetter led ODU with a .346 hitting percentage, while Gillson tied classmate Zoe Carmichael (Wooster, Ohio) for the team high in blocks with three.
- Sophomore Emilee Fecht (Hilliard, Ohio) added nine kills and four service aces. Classmate Kamryn Maxwell (Norwalk, Ohio) pitched in with eight kills.
- Carmichael and sophomore Carleigh Deitsch (St. Henry, Ohio) both finished with double digit assists, with the latter leading the team with 22.
- In the back row, a pair of freshmen making their debuts led the way for ODU. Kelsey Shoup (Dalton, Ohio) paced the Panthers with 18 digs and no reception errors, while Alexis Keipert (Burlington, Ky.) added 14 digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Trojans jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the opening set. With ODU posting a negative hitting percentage and TNU over .400, Trevecca never trailed in the first frame.
- The Panthers' response was quick in the second set, as they took six of the first seven points. ODU then led 9-3 thanks to a trio of kills from Maxwell.
- ODU led by as many as 11 points on three occasions in the second stanza, including a 4-0 scoring run to make the tally 22-11. Remmetter had two kills down the stretch to secure the final two Panther points.
- The third frame was played much tighter than the previous two. Played within a four-point window, neither team leading by more than two points, ODU and TNU found themselves in a 17-17 stalemate.
- Four consecutive ODU points though -- two Remmetter kills and a kill and ace from Fecht -- gave the Black & Gold a 21-17 edge. A TNU service error gave ODU a 25-20 set win.
- Gillson opened the fourth set with three consecutive kills. Despite being tied in the set four times, ODU never trailed in the final game.
- After TNU tied the set at 10-all, the Panthers used an 8-1 scoring run to take advantage of the game. The Trojans had six combined attacking, ball handling and service errors during the ODU run.
- Deadlocked at 22-all, two kills from Fecht and an attacking error by TNU gave the Panthers a 25-22 set and 3-1 match victory.
- ODU enjoyed a 9-4 edge in service aces Saturday afternoon.
- The Panthers rallied to win the hitting percentage battle as well. ODU hit .163, while TNU was held to a .125 mark.
- The Panthers picked up their first G-MAC win since a 3-2 triumph at Alderson Broaddus on Oct. 11, 2019.
- Saturday marked ODU's first-ever win in a G-MAC opener (First season in conference was 2017).
- ODU returns home next Tuesday, Feb. 2, for a G-MAC contest against Ursuline.
- Panthers and Arrows are slated for a 7 p.m. start.
Contact: Tyler Jester