Volleyball Travels to #1 Hillsdale and #12 Findlay for Conference Test

Photo by Sam Fahmi
Photo by Sam Fahmi

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Dominican volleyball team is set to challenge a pair of national top 15 teams this weekend. 

The Panthers will travel to face No. 1 Hillsdale at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26. ODU then heads south to Findlay for another Great Midwest match at 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28.  

A LOOK AT THE RANKINGS 

  • The Panthers fell outside the top 25 in the AVCA Poll released on Wednesday, Feb. 24. ODU spent the two weeks prior in the poll at Nos. 20 and 22. Ohio Dominican is still receiving votes in the most recent addition. 

  • For the third consecutive week, Hillsdale is the top ranked team in the country. The Chargers are one of three G-MAC teams in the top 15 and one of four conference institutions listed in the top 25.  

  • Findlay climbs one spot this week to No. 12. The Oilers have been inside the top 15 of the coaches poll in the past three weeks.  

  • With the latest edition, six different G-MAC institutions have been nationally ranked this season in the AVCA Poll. 

  • In the statistical rankings, the Panthers are second in the conference and eighth nationally in opponent hitting percentage, .092. ODU is also top 30 nationally with over two blocks per set.  

LAST WEEK RECAP 

  • Ohio Dominican went 1-1 last week, starting with a 3-0 home win over Ohio Valley on Tuesday. The Panthers hit over .300 for the fourth time this season and received a double-double, 10 kills and 16 digs, from sophomore Madison Smith (Elyria, Ohio). 

  • Both marks were career highs for the sophomore, who also added seven kills and 14 digs against Cedarville later in the week. 

  • ODU dropped a four-set match to Cedarville on Friday. The Yellow Jackets earned two wins last week against top 25 teams, moving them into the AVCA Poll this week. 

  • Sophomore Emilee Fecht (Hilliard, Ohio) posted 26 kills over two matches, hitting a team-best .349 in seven sets. Freshman Kelsey Shoup (Dalton, Ohio) posted double digit digs in both matches, averaging 5.00 per set.  

TEAM LEADERS 

  • Fecht paces a trio of Panthers averaging over two kills per set at 2.74. The sophomore is also leading the team in hitting percentage, .273, and service aces, 13, with the latter ranking 14th across Division II.  

  • Junior Abbi Gillson (Canton, Ohio) has four-plus total blocks in five of her seven appearances this winter. Gillson, who is also averaging over two kills per set, leads the G-MAC and is 18th in the country with 1.17 blocks per set.  

  • Sophomore Carleigh Deitsch (St. Henry, Ohio) and junior Zoe Carmichael (Wooster, Ohio) are both in the top 10 in the G-MAC with 4.81 and 4.33 assists per set, respectively. The duo has combined for 247 assists this season, accounting for over 83 percent of the team's total. 

  • Shoup is recording 4.12 digs per set, which paces the Panthers and ranks ninth in the conference. 

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS 

  • The top-ranked Chargers from Hillsdale can get closer to their fourth straight G-MAC title with a win over ODU this weekend.  

  • Hillsdale, the 2021 G-MAC spring preseason coaching poll favorite, has won 53 consecutive conference games entering play on Friday night.  

  • The Chargers are 9-0 overall this season, including an unblemished 7-0 mark in the G-MAC.  

  • Hillsdale is coming off a three-set sweep over then No. 19 Tiffin on Tuesday night. The Chargers have only lost one set this season.  

  • ODU is 1-13 in its Division II era against Hillsdale, with the only winning coming in five sets during the 2014 campaign.  

 

  • Despite not playing a match since Feb. 12, Findlay is now enjoying its highest national ranking in school history, No. 12.  

  • The Oilers are 6-1 this year, with the only setback to a now top-10 Walsh squad. UF has won four straight entering play Sunday.  

  • Findlay is 4-0 at home this season, dropping only three sets over the stretch.  

  • The Oilers were picked fifth in the preseason coaches poll and were the only team outside of Hillsdale to receive a first-place vote. 

  • Since 2010, ODU is 2-12 against Findlay, including 11 consecutive losses. The Panthers will be searching for their first win over UF since 2011.  

Contact: Tyler Jester 

jestert@ohiodominican.edu