COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's volleyball team hung tough with first-place Northern Michigan but ultimately fell 3-0 (23-25, 15-25, 22-25) at home to the Wildcats in GLIAC action Friday night.
With the setback, the Panthers dropped to 8-11 (3-7 GLIAC), while NMU improved to 15-5 (9-1 GLIAC).
Brianna Reder (Maineville, Ohio) led ODU with 10 kills while Lauren Kraemer (Kettering, Ohio) chipped in with eight. Kelsey Snyder (Macomb, Mich.) paced the team with 13 assists and Megan Hendershot (Galloway, Ohio) had a strong game, averaging nearly seven digs per set as she tallied 20 total digs.
ODU hit just .077 in the match, though, while NMU countered with a .242 clip.
The opening stanza featured nine ties and four lead changes as the Panthers fought back from an early 10-6 deficit. Reder had a huge kill from the right side to put ODU in front 18-17, and Kraemer followed with a kill to make it 19-17.
Another Reder termination kept the Panthers on top 20-18, but the Wildcats came back to tie it at 22, then scored three of the final four points to secure the set.
After managing just eight kills in the second set and falling behind 13-8 in the third, ODU fought back with a strong defensive effort to get back into the set at 14-12 following Kraemer's kill. The Panthers drew within one, 18-17, on a kill by Lauren Rindler (Rossburg, Ohio), but NMU responded with four straight points to pull away down the stretch.
The Panthers return to action at 1 p.m. Saturday against Michigan Tech in Alumni Hall.
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