COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite tallying more kills than Kentucky Wesleyan, Ohio Dominican's volleyball team fell in four sets (19-25, 26-28, 25-18, 21-25) in G-MAC action Friday night in Alumni Hall.
ODU finished with 53 kills to 50 for the visitors and received double-doubles from junior Ciara Ralston (Findlay, Ohio) and freshman Alexis Young (Gahanna, Ohio), but let leads slip away in the second and fourth sets.
Ralston tallied 12 kills, to go along with 10 digs and five assists, while Young added 10 kills and 12 digs. Those were the first double-doubles for either this fall.
KWC led wire-to-wire in the opening set, but Ohio Dominican bounced back early in the second frame. Leading 12-11, ODU went on a 5-1 run, capped by an ace from junior Anna Ficker (Cincinnati, Ohio), to pull in front by five. ODU maintained a 23-20 lead on Nadler's kill, but KWC evened the score at 23-23 and 24-24. ODU served for the set at 26-25 after another Ficker ace, but the visitors managed the final three points to take the frame.
ODU was able to close out the third set after the early and middle portions featured 11 ties and six lead changes. Knotted at 16 apiece, ODU ripped off six straight points to take control. Consecutive triple blocks by Nadler, Young and junior Patricia Barreto (Findlay, Ohio) made it 19-16, and a Young kill and consecutive miscues by KWC closed the run and helped seal the set for ODU.
The fourth set was also tight until the middle portion, with ODU (2-12, 1-5 G-MAC) staying within 16-15 after a Nadler termination. However, KWC (6-11, 2-5 G-MAC) scored the next three points to go in front 19-15, and ODU could draw no closer than three the remainder of the frame.
Ohio Dominican remains at home to take on Trevecca Nazarene at 1 p.m. Saturday in Alumni Hall.
Contact: Scott Miles