COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's volleyball team rallied for a 3-2 win over visiting Salem on Friday night in the home finale for the Panthers.
ODU dropped the first set 23-25, won the second set 25-16 and fell 22-25 in the third. The Panthers then took the fourth frame 25-19 and controlled the fifth set, 15-6.
Freshman Ashton Barr (New Castle, Ind.) notched a triple double as she recorded a season-high 50 assists to go with 16 digs and 10 kills, hitting .348 in the match. Junior Rebecca Skidmore (Westerville, Ohio) led the Panthers with 17 kills and hit .375 and freshman Alyssa Hoyng (Celina, Ohio) hit .542 with 15 kills. Junior Patricia Barreto (Findlay, Ohio) added 14 kills and a .270 attack percentage.
The Panthers racked up 102 digs in the match, with sophomore Bailey Line (Westerville, Ohio) and junior Jordan Jaeckin (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) both leading all players with 23. Freshman Alexis Young (Gahanna, Ohio) finished with 19 digs and classmate Dharma Jolas (Fort Wayne, Ind.) added 10.
ODU had 16 kills and hit .214 in the opening set, but the Tigers hit .317 and finished with 16 kills themselves. ODU trailed 23-22 and 24-23, but Salem put away the final kill to take the frame.
The Panthers offense continued to click in the second set, hitting .289 with 15 more kills. The Panthers jumped to a 9-4 lead on Barr's ace, and the lead never dipped below four the rest of the way.
Salem answered by taking a 10-3 lead in the third set. ODU closed to 16-13, but the Tigers scored five straight to build a 21-13 cushion. The Panthers rallied once more and cut it to 24-22 on kills by Skidmore and Barreto, but the Tigers closed out the set with another kill.
ODU bounced back with a dominating effort in the fourth set, racking up 18 kills and hitting .348. Leading 21-19, Skidmore had a kill and Jaeckin an ace to extend the lead, and after a Tiger error, Skidmore had another termination to put the set away.
The final set was all ODU as the Panthers went on an 8-0 run to build a 14-4 lead, with Jaeckin firing in three aces during that stretch, as the Panthers hit .471 with eight kills and no errors in the set.
Ohio Dominican (5-23) returns to G-MAC play with a 3 p.m. match at Cedarville on Saturday.
Contact: Scott Miles