COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore Abbi Gillson (Canton, Ohio) tied a career high with 16 kills, but it was not enough as the Ohio Dominican volleyball team fell at home in three sets to Great Midwest rival, Trevecca Nazarene, on Friday evening.
Gillson matched her personal-high in kills, which she originally set during a 3-0 home win over Ursuline back on Oct. 5. The sophomore led the team with at least four kills in each set, while also pacing the Panthers (3-26, 2-9 G-MAC) with three blocks.
ODU scored the first two points of the match thanks to a Trevecca Nazarene (16-16, 7-5 G-MAC) hitting error and a kill from freshman Emilee Fecht (Hilliard, Ohio). The Trojans though, used an early 4-1 spurt to take an 8-4 edge in the first set. TNU, who hit .400 in the opening frame, never trailed from that point on, taking control of the match with a 25-16 decision.
It was another fast start for the Black & Gold in set two, as two service aces from sophomore Carleigh Deitsch (St. Henry, Ohio) helped guide the team to a 4-1 advantage. After ODU led for much of the frame, TNU rallied from a six-point deficit to tie the set at 23-all.
The marathon match continued with the two sides trading rallies, until the Trojans scored three straight points to win 35-33. Three Panthers had five or more kills in the set, including Gillson, who had seven. Sophomore Amanda Remmetter (Springfield, Ohio) and Fecht each had five kills in the game.
There were 13 ties and seven leads changes in the second set.
Overall, Remmetter finished with 10 kills, seven assists, and a team-best .269 hitting percentage. Fecht logged eight kills and had all three of her service aces come in the second set.
Senior Allie Rutter (Fostoria, Ohio) registered 10 of her game-high 18 digs in the second set. Three additional Panthers had eight digs in the match, including Deitsch, freshmen Kamryn Maxwell (Norwalk, Ohio) and sophomore Emily Amore (Newark, Ohio). Deitsch finished with 31 assists, while Maxwell pitched in offensively with seven kills.
Despite its best hitting performance of the match, .265, ODU fell victim to a 25-20 score in the third set, ending the match. The Trojans scored six of the first seven points in the final frame, but a kill by Gillson tied the set at 15-15. TNU though, closed the game on a 4-1 scoring run to win the match.
The Trojans finished with a .319 hitting percentage, while the Panthers were held to a .177 hitting clip. TNU also enjoyed an 8-4 edge in blocks and a 7-6 advantage in service aces.
ODU will conclude its 2019 season with Senior Day against Kentucky Wesleyan. The battle of the Panthers is set for a 1 p.m. start on Saturday, Nov. 16.
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