COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican volleyball team successfully opened its home slate inside Alumni Hall Tuesday evening, sweeping Ursuline in three sets, 25-23, 28-26, 25-11.
- Ohio Dominican is off to a 2-0 start this season, marking the first time since 2016 the Panthers have won their first two season appearances. The 2016 season was also the last home opening victory for ODU.
- Ursuline, who had fallen in five sets in its first two losses this season, drops to 1-3 overall and in Great Midwest play.
- Sophomore Emilee Fecht (Hilliard, Ohio) paced the Panthers with 12 kills -- five in the first set – and a .400 hitting percentage. Fecht was one of three ODU players with three total blocks as well.
- Posting 10 kills and a team-high six blocks was junior Abbi Gillson (Canton, Ohio). Gillson had eight kills in the first set and combined for five blocks over the final two games.
- A trio of Panthers finished in double figures for digs, led by freshman Kelsey Shoup (Dalton, Ohio) with 17.
- Freshman Alexis Keipert (Burlington, Ky.) and sophomore Amanda Remmetter (Springfield, Ohio) combined for 12 kills in the match, while collecting 15 and 11 digs, respectively. Keipert was also 20-for-20 in serve receptions.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Panthers erased late deficits in the first and second sets of the match.
- A close first game eventually saw Ursuline take a 20-16 lead after a 4-0 scoring run. ODU though, closed the set on a 9-3 spurt to win 25-23. Fecht had ODU's final three points, all on kills.
- The Arrows responded with nine of the first 12 points in Game Two. Trailing for most of the set, the Black & Gold turned a seven-point deficit into a one-point margin, 19-18, thanks to a 4-0 run. After UC jumped back in front 24-20, ODU closed the set on an 8-2 scoring stretch, highlighted by a pair of block assists from Gillson.
- In the third set, ODU never trailed, scoring the first four, and 16 of the first 20 points. The Panthers hit .464 in the final set to cruise to a 25-11 decision.
- After dropping the opening set of the season last Saturday at Trevecca Nazarene, the Panthers have now won six consecutive sets.
- ODU, despite having a negative hitting percentage in the second set, still outperformed the Arrows overall, .194-.045.
- Total blocks (9-2) and service aces (3-1) were also in favor of ODU.
- After Tuesday's action, the Panthers join the top two preseason favorites, Hillsdale and Tiffin, as the only unbeaten teams remaining in the G-MAC.
- The Panthers will look to continue their winning ways when they travel to face Malone at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5.
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