Tightly Contested Match Sees Volleyball Fall In Four To Ursuline

Photo by Joe Maiorana
Photo by Joe Maiorana

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A match that saw 29 ties and 16 lead changes saw Ohio Dominican's volleyball team come up on the short end 3-1 to visiting Ursuline (27-25, 24-26, 26-28, 22-25) on Tuesday night in Alumni Hall.

Just five total points separated the two teams in the four set affair that lasted over two hours and featured 385 attacks between the two.

Freshman Tate Rybarczyk (Avon Lake, Ohio) recorded 38 digs, the most in a match by a G-MAC player this fall, while classmate Amanda Remmetter (Springfield, Ohio) registered 26 kills, tied for the third-most by a G-MAC player this season.

Finishing with double-doubles were junior Allie Rutter (Fostoria, Ohio), who had 15 assists and 15 digs to go with six kills, and sophomore Alexis Young (Gahanna, Ohio), who had 15 kills and 13 digs.

The Panthers hit .208 in the opening set with 14 kills against just three errors as they rallied from a 19-15 deficit. Three kills by Remmetter helped close the gap to 21-19, and Remmetter's ace would give the Panthers a 22-21 lead.

Ursuline scored three straight, but Young's kill and an ace by freshman Zoë Carmichael (Wooster, Ohio) leveled the score. Ursuline answered with a kill to go in front 25-25, but the Panthers scored the final three points on a kill by Young and two Arrow hitting errors.

ODU jumped to a 7-2 lead in the second set and also had a 13-10 advantage, but the Arrows took control and would build a 22-18 cushion. The Panthers had an answer again, though, scoring five straight points, capped by a kill by Rutter to go in front 23-22. ODU took a 24-23 lead on Remmetter's kill, but the Arrows managed the final three points to even the match at a set apiece.

The Panthers led again in the early going of the third frame and stayed in front 20-19 on consecutive terminations from Young. The lead swung back-and-forth from that point, though the Panthers served for set point at 24-23 and 25-24, but could not close it out as the Arrows scored four of the last five points in the set.

Ursuline then built a 16-7 lead in the fourth set before the Panthers rallied, scoring five in a row to close within 16-12, helped by consecutive kills by Remmetter and back-to-back aces by freshman Riley Kizer (Mason, Ohio). ODU would cut the deficit to one on a trio of occasions, including at 21-20, but Ursuline held off the Panthers' last push.

Sophomore Ashton Barr (New Castle, Ind.) recorded 28 assists with eight digs and Carmichael recorded eight assists and six digs.

Ohio Dominican (5-21, 1-13 G-MAC) hits the road for a 7 p.m. match at Cedarville on Friday.

Contact: Scott Miles