AURORA, Ill. – Ohio Dominican's volleyball team closed out play at the 2017 Midwest Region Crossover by suffering a 3-0 setback to William Jewell and a 3-1 defeat against Lake Superior State on Saturday at the Great Lakes Center.
Freshman Alyssa Hoyng (Celina, Ohio) had 19 combined kills and hit over .400 in both matches and freshman Jill Pyles (Bronson, Mich.) had 12 kills without an error on the day, swinging .343. Junior Kelly Nadler (Leipsic, Ohio) tallied 21 total kills and freshman Ashton Barr (New Castle, Ind.) finished with 80 total assists, including 45 against the Lakers. Junior Anna Ficker (Cincinnati, Ohio) had 18 digs in the opener and 20 in the nightcap to pace the ODU defense.
In the opener against William Jewell (7-13), ODU trailed 11-9 in the first set after a Nadler kill, but the Cardinals pulled away with an 8-2 run to go in front 19-11 and eventually take the set 25-18.
In the second set, ODU found itself in an eight point hole on a pair of occasions early, but cut it to four twice, including at 15-11 on another Nadler kill. However, WJC hung on to the lead and won the set 25-20, and broke free in the middle of the third set to win it 25-12.
The Panthers hit .162 in the match compared to .375 for the Cardinals. Hoyng led the way with eight kills while swinging .417, and Barr finished with 25 assists.
In the second match, the Panthers and Lakers had 25 ties and six lead changes, and ODU had more kills (53-49) and outhit LSSU .225-.210, but came up short.
The Panthers played catch up most of the first set, falling behind 11-4. ODU closed within 17-15 after a pair of LSSU hitting errors, and an ace by Pyles and a kill from Nadler kept the Panthers close at 24-22, but LSSU closed the set with a kill.
Neither side led by more than two points to start the second set until ODU broke loose late. Tied at 16, Hoyng and Nadler had kills, and two Lake Superior errors helped give ODU a 20-16 advantage. Nadler and Barreto added another kill each and Ficker had an ace to complete the 7-0 run and give ODU a 25-22 win in the set.
The Panthers then opened an 11-7 lead in the third set after a Nadler termination, but the Lakers came back with a 7-1 run to go on top 14-12. A kill from freshman Alexis Young (Gahanna, Ohio) drew the Panthers even at 19, and an ace by Nadler and a kill from Pyles put the Panthers on top 21-20. Another Pyles kill evened the set at 23, but LSSU scored the last two points to take it 25-23.
ODU fought back from a 19-16 deficit in the fourth set with three straight points to tie it at 19, but the Lakers (3-16) ended the match with six points in a row.
Ohio Dominican (3-18) hits the road for a trio of matches in West Virginia this week, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday against Davis & Elkins.
Contact: Scott Miles