CLARION, Pa. -- Ohio Dominican's volleyball team started its 2013 season with a 3-1 victory over Edinboro (25-18, 25-18, 20-25, 25-18) before falling to host Clarion 3-0 (18-25, 20-25, 18-25) at the Tony Banner Invitational.
Fresman Jackie Oestreich (Brighton, Mich.) began her collegiate career with 16 kills and hit nearly .500 in the two matches, sophomore Lauren Kraemer (Kettering, Ohio) had 20 kills and sophomore Tory Thompson (Quincy, Ohio) added 16 kills as well to lead the Panthers.
Despite registering just seven kills in the first set, ODU walked away with the 25-18 win as the defense limited Edinboro to a -.023 hitting percentage. The Panthers would stretch a 7-6 lead to as much as six, 17-11, as Oestreich and Thompson teamed up on a block. Later, after Edinboro had cut the score to 19-17, senior Bailey Barker (Muncie, Ind.) came up with a kill to quell their momentum, and ODU would block three straight shots to seal the set, with Kraemer having a hand in each block.
ODU's offense picked up in the second set as the Panthers went on a 6-1 run early to jump to a 10-6 lead. Kills by Oestreich, junior Brianna Reder (Maineville, Ohio) and Barker keyed the surge, while Thompson had an ace as well. The Fighting Scots hung close, though, cutting the deficit to one on a pair of occasions, including at 15-14. But the Panthers did not relinquish the lead, as Oestreich had a block and a kill to make it 17-14, and ODU pulled away from there for the 2-0 lead in the match.
Edinboro bounced back to take the third set, though, hitting .300 (12-3-30) and scoring the final three points after the Panthers drew to within 22-20 on Barker's ace.
The Fighting Scots would take an 11-10 lead in the fourth set, but ODU scored three straight points to take the lead and did not look back from there. Barker's kill made it 22-17, and Kraemer closed the match with a kill to give the Panthers a 25-18 win the set and a 3-1 victory in the match.
For the match, the Panthers hit .146 as a team, led by Oestreich's 10-0-18 line for a .556 attack percentage. Kraemer tallied 14 kills in 31 swings, while Thompson notched nine kills.
Five players finished with 10 or more digs, led by 15 apiece from freshman Megan Hendershot (Galloway, Ohio) and Thompson, while sophomore Darby Slavin (Columbus, Ohio) had 11 (to go along with 22 assists) and sophomore Kelsey Fortney (Lorain, Ohio) and Barker each had 10.
Kraemer also blocked six shots to help lead the Panthers.
In the setback against Clarion, the Panthers managed to hit just .084 while the Eagles hit .250 as a team, including .355 in the final set.
The teams were locked up 9-9 in the first set before CU scored four straight points, and the Golden Eagles led the rest of the way.
The Panthers would lead by as many as six, 13-7, in the second set on Barker's block at the net. But Clarion chipped away, tying the match at 19-19, then scoring six of the final seven points to close the set.
In the third set, Clarion used an early 8-0 run to grab control and eventually seal the match.
Ohio Dominican concludes play at the tournament with an 11 a.m. match Saturday against Goldey-Beacom, followed by a 3 p.m. match with Urbana.
Contact: Scott Miles