COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican volleyball team won the first two sets and then capped its match versus Tiffin with a 15-13 decision in a decisive fifth set on Tuesday afternoon inside Alumni Hall.
The Panthers won the opening two sets, 25-23 and 25-17 prior to taking the last game. ODU's win improves the team to 7-4 this winter. Tiffin rallied and won sets three and four, 25-12 and 25-22, but falling in the fifth game drops the Dragons to 6-4 overall and in the Great Midwest.
- The longest match of ODU's season saw three Panthers record career highs in digs. Freshman Kelsey Shoup (Dalton, Ohio) led the team with 29, including eight in both the second and fourth sets.
- Sophomores Carleigh Deitsch (St. Henry, Ohio) and Madison Smith (Elyria, Ohio) posted 23 and 20 digs respectively. Deitsch also paced the Panthers with 30 assists. Smith pitched in seven kills and two blocks.
- Leading the Panthers with 17.5 points was junior Amanda Remmetter (Springfield, Ohio). Remmetter registered 14 kills and three blocks, while adding five digs in the back row.
- Sophomores Emilee Fecht (Hilliard, Ohio) and Kamryn Maxwell (Norwalk, Ohio) also finished with double-digit kills. Fecht led ODU with 15 kills and tied Remmetter and junior Abbi Gillson (Canton, Ohio) for the team high in blocks with three.
- Maxwell logged 13 kills and seven digs, while also being in on one block.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The first set saw ODU and Tiffin combine for 13 ties and seven lead changes. Nine kills and a combined .412 hitting percentage from Fecht and Maxwell pushed the Panthers over the Dragons late in the set, 25-23.
- Ohio Dominican closed the first set on a 5-1 scoring run. The Black & Gold took advantage of two attacking errors by TU and a kill each from Fecht and Maxwell to win the opening game.
- Both teams traded points early in the second set, but a 9-0 scoring run from ODU, forcing Tiffin into both of its timeouts, led to a 17-9 Panther advantage. Remmetter collected six kills in the set to pace the offensive attack.
- Tiffin took advantage of ODU's negative hitting percentage in the third game, while also hitting .361 for the set. The Dragons then used a late scoring run in the fourth set to win the game 25-22 and tie the match at two sets apiece.
- In the final game, Tiffin built on its momentum from the prior sets to score the first three points. ODU though, rallied and eventually took the lead, 11-9, thanks to an 8-3 scoring spurt.
- Remmetter posted two kills during the scoring run, which was capped by a block from Fecht and Smith, and a kill by Maxwell.
- Tied at 13-all, Fecht sealed the win for the Panthers with back-to-back kills, the last coming on a swing from the right side.
- With the cancellation of its match scheduled for Thursday, March 4, against Salem, ODU will now break until next Tuesday, March 9, for the Great Midwest Tournament.
- ODU's opponent, location and time for its first G-MAC postseason appearance are still to be determined.
Contact: Tyler Jester