Volleyball Fights Off Match Points, Defeats Maryville In Five

Photo by Joe Maiorana
Photo by Joe Maiorana

INDIANAPOLIS – Sophomore Ashton Barr (New Castle, Ind.) notched a triple-double and freshman Amanda Remmetter (Springfield, Ohio) ripped 28 kills as Ohio Dominican's volleyball team won a thrilling five-set contest against Maryville to open the Midwest Region Crossover on Friday.

The Panthers won the first two sets, 25-23 and 25-18, before falling 20-25 and 24-26 in the third and fourth frames. ODU then bounced back from a 14-11 deficit in the fifth set and wound up taking it 21-19, recording 12 kills against just one error and hitting .282 in the frame.

Barr led all players with 49 assists to go with 11 digs and 10 kills on a .360 hitting percentage. It's her second career triple-double, and she set season-highs in assists and kills.

Remmetter's 28 kills are the most by a Panther since current assistant coach Tory Thompson racked up 36 kills in 2016, and they're the most by any G-MAC player this season, entering today. They're also the fifth-most kills in a single match in conference history.

Down by three and facing match point in the fifth frame, ODU scored the next three points to draw even, then fought off match point at 15-14, 16-15, 17-16 and 18-17. A kill by sophomore Alexis Young (Gahanna, Ohio) was followed by her own service ace to give ODU a brief 19-18 lead before the Saints drew level at 19 apiece.

However, Remmetter's 28th kill put the Panthers back on top, and a Maryville hitting error ended the match in ODU's favor.

Young recorded a double-double as she tallied 16 kills to go with 24 digs, both of which were career-highs, and junior Allie Rutter (Fostoria, Ohio) also finished with her first double-double of the season as she recorded 14 digs and season-high 10 assists. Freshman Tate Rybarczyk (Avon Lake, Ohio) added a season-best 28 digs and freshman Riley Kizer (Mason, Ohio) chipped in with a season-best eight kills.

ODU had a quick start in the match, jumping to a 7-2 lead in the first frame on a block by Remmetter and freshman Zoë Carmichael (Wooster, Ohio). The advantage was 18-11 before the Saints charged back, tying the score at 20. ODU recovered and took a 24-21 lead on Barr's ace, and a kill by Remmetter closed out the first set.

Holding a 17-15 lead in the second set, ODU scored five straight points, capped by a kill from Carmichael, to pull away and take a 2-0 lead in the match. The Panthers hit .300 in the set, piling up 16 kills.

The Panthers then had an opportunity to put the match away in the fourth set, leading 24-23 and with the serve after a kill by Young, but Maryville scored three straight points to push it to the decisive fifth set.

ODU hit .255 in the match, its second-best total of the season, and the second time in the last three matches the Panthers have hit at least .200.

Ohio Dominican returns to action with two matches tomorrow at the Crossover, taking on Wisconsin-Parkside at 10 a.m. followed by a 4 p.m. contest with Purdue Northwest.

Contact: Scott Miles