Four Panthers Record Double-Figure Kills In 3-1 Win Over Tiffin

Madison Smith
Madison Smith

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a must win Friday night match, the Ohio Dominican volleyball team came out victorious over the Dragons of Tiffin in four sets. Coach Amy Bambenek collected her 200th career-win as a result of tonight's contest.

Box Score Notes

  • The Black and Gold out-hit the Dragons 0.333 to 0.023 in the third set.
  • Three Panthers notched 12 kills, including senior Madison Smith (Elyria, Ohio), Olivia Kirksey (Reynoldsburg, Ohio), and Ashley Aselage (Tipp City, Ohio).
  • Freshman Jenna Peters (Vermilion, Ohio) followed with 11 kills.
  • Libero Kelsey Shoup (Dalton, Ohio) collected a career-high of 35 digs in the match, tallying the second highest digs in a match since 2015.
  •  Smith added 14 digs with Alexis Keipert (Burlington, Ky.) snagging 12.
  • Setter Gabrielle Kirker (Tallmadge, Ohio) grabbed 31 assists, 11 digs, and three service aces. Fellow setter Saige Avery (Yorkville, Ill.) registered 22 assists and eight digs

How It Happened

  • ODU fell behind 5-1 in the first set, but responded with a four-point run off a service ace from Grace Zinchuk (Schaumburg, Ill.) to tie it up 5-all.
  • The Dragons regained the lead 15-12.
  • A block from Aselage and Zinchuk gave the Black and Gold a 22-21 lead.
  • Set one went back-and-forth with a kill from Kirksey pushing it to extra points, 25-all.
  • A kill from Zinchuk closed set one with the Panthers' on top, 31-29.
  • Similar to set one, Ohio Dominican trailed 7-3 early in the second set.
  • The Black and Gold took the lead after a five-point swing, 10-8.
  • The Dragons won nine of the last 14 points to take set two, 25-22, tying it 1-1 in sets.
  • In the third set, ODU jumped out to a quick 10-4 lead.
  • The Panthers grew their lead to 22-8 after an 11 to 2 run.
  • Ohio Dominican grabbed set three 25-12 after a kill from Peters, putting ODU back in the lead 2 sets to 1.
  • Set four opened with a back-and-forth run, tied at 7-all.
  • The Black and Gold established the lead with a six-point run, making it 17-11.
  • After a few ODU errors, the Dragons brought it within one, 22-21.
  • A kills from Smith and Kirksey gave the Panthers' the edge, winning the set 25-23 and the match, 3-1.

Up Next

The Panthers hit the road to battle Ashland on Saturday with a 2:00 PM first serve.

Contact: Bailee Worley

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