Eagles Soar Past Panthers, 3-0

Peters and Lucas (Photo by: Daniel Herlensky)
Peters and Lucas (Photo by: Daniel Herlensky)

ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican volleyball team battled the Eagles of Ashland University on Saturday afternoon, falling in three sets, 3-0.

Box Score Notes

  • Junior Olivia Kirksey (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) notched another double-figure kill game, collecting 10. Kirksey added seven digs. Freshman Jenna Peters (Vermilion, Ohio) followed with eight kills.
  • Libero Kelsey Shoup (Dalton, Ohio) and Gabrielle Kirker (Tallmadge, Ohio) each grabbed eight digs. Kirker also led the team with 14 assists.
  • Fellow setter Saige Avery (Yorkville, Ill.) snagged 13 assists and four digs.

How It Happened

  • The Panthers fell behind early 9-4. The Eagles extended their lead to 13-5 after a four-to-one run.
  • The Black and Gold responded with a five-point run of their own, still trailing 16-12.
  • AU ended the first set winning nine of the last 13 points, 25-16.
  • Ashland jumped to an 8-1 lead in the second set.
  • ODU brought it within one after kills from Madison Smith (Elyria, Ohio) and Grace Zinchuk (Schaumburg, Ill.), making it 13-12.
  • The Eagles took the second set 25-15 after a 12-to-three run, leading 2-0 in sets.
  • Ohio Dominican trailed 4-1 in the third set but quickly tied it up 8-all after a kill from Ashley Aselage (Tipp City, Ohio).
  • AU retook the lead with a five-point swing, making it 13-8.
  • Kirksey collected back-to-back kills to cut the deficit to 18-15.
  • Despite a late kill from Peters, Ashland won the third set, 25-20, and the match, 3-0.

Up Next

Ohio Dominican returns home next weekend, playing host to Trevecca Nazarene on Friday and Ky. Wesleyan on Saturday. The seniors will be recognized before the match on Saturday afternoon.

Contact: Bailee Worley

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