COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican volleyball hit over .300 for the second consecutive night and earned its fourth victory to start the season, defeating Lake Erie in three sets; 25-11, 25-16, 25-22.
- Ohio Dominican improves to 4-0 for the first time since 2011, tying the program's best four-match start in its Division II era.
- The Panthers win was their third straight three-set victory. ODU has now won 12 consecutive sets after the sweep of Lake Erie.
- The Storm fall to 1-2 early in the season. Lake Erie has dropped two straight matches by the count of 3-0.
- For the third time in four appearances, junior Abbi Gillson (Canton, Ohio) registered double-digit kills. Gillson, who hit .474, finished with a team-high 11 kills, also tying for the ODU lead in blocks with four.
- Posting seven kills each were junior Amanda Remmetter (Springfield, Ohio) and sophomore Emilee Fecht (Hilliard, Ohio). Remmetter hit .429 and added two aces. Fecht tied a career-high with her third outing of four aces.
- Junior Zoe Carmichael (Wooster, Ohio) led the Panthers in assists with 15. Teammate Carleigh Deitsch (St. Henry, Ohio) also logged double-digit assists.
- In the back row, Kelsey Shoup (Dalton, Ohio) led a balanced effort with eight digs. Six different Panthers logged four or more digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- ODU, who entered the match ranked second in the G-MAC in hitting percentage and first in opponent hit percentage, relied on its efficient offensive attack, as well as its relentless defensive effort on Saturday.
- The Panthers, who hit .390 on Friday night, finished Saturday's match with a .312 mark. ODU also held Lake Erie to a .080 hitting percentage.
- Ohio Dominican scored eight of the first 10 points in the match to take control of the opening set. The Panthers only trailed once in the set, 1-0, and pushed its advantage to as many as 14 points, the final margin, 25-11.
- After recording a negative hitting percentage in the first set, Lake Erie opened the second frame strong, but again saw its only lead of the game at 1-0. After trading points early, it was an 8-1 run by ODU that opened the game up, giving the Panthers a 15-8 lead. ODU again pushed a set lead to double figures and went on to win 25-16.
- Game Three saw the Storm score the first two points, but the Black & Gold responded with an 8-0 scoring rally. Lake Erie could close the gap to two points on several occasions, with the last being 20-18. The Panthers though, received a kill from Gillson late to capture the win at 25-22.
- With a schedule change late in the week, ODU will now travel to face Kentucky Wesleyan at 3 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, Feb. 9. The match is a make-up from earlier this season and replaces ODU's originally planned trip to Salem (W. Va.) that same evening.
Contact: Tyler Jester