EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Ohio Dominican's volleyball team started its season with a pair of setbacks at the Southern Indiana Invitational on Friday, falling 3-1 to Edinboro and 3-0 to the host Screaming Eagles (12-25, 25-27, 13-25).
The Panthers jumped out to a quick start in the opener against Edinboro , opening a 6-1 lead in the first set. Edinboro closed within 10-7, but a kill and an ace by sophomore Alexis Young (Gahanna, Ohio) were part of a spurt that pushed the lead back to 13-7, and a triple block from sophomore Ashton Barr (New Castle, Ind.), senior Rebecca Skidmore (Westerville, Ohio) and Young put the Panthers in front 21-13, their biggest lead of the set.
The Fighting Scots climbed back, closing to 24-22, but a service error ended the frame in ODU's favor as the Panthers limited Edinboro to an .056 hitting percentage.
In the second set, ODU used a 5-1 run to open up a 16-12 lead, and ODU maintained a four-point cushion at 22-18 on a triple block from Barr, freshman Amanda Remmetter (Springfield, Ohio) and Skidmore.
However, Edinboro rallied to score seven of the last eight points in the set to even the match.
In the third frame, ODU clawed back from a 15-8 deficit, closing within 15-13 on Remmetter's kill, and ODU stayed within two at 18-16 on a block by seniors Patricia Barreto (Findlay, Ohio) and Kelly Nadler (Leipsic, Ohio). Once again, though, Edinboro had a strong push to close the set, finishing on another 7-1 run.
The fourth set stayed close throughout, sitting tied at 17 apiece, but Edinboro used an 8-2 push to pull away and take the match.
Young led ODU with 10 kills while Nadler and Remmetter added eight apiece. Barr finished with 27 assists and freshman Tate Rybarczyk (Avon Lake, Ohio) added 20 digs, while Ficker chipped in with 10 digs.
Against Southern Indiana, Remmetter paced the Panthers with 13 kills and Barr registered 25 assists, but USI hit .436 in the contest.
The Panthers had a 25-24 lead in the second set on a kill from Barr, but USI answered by scoring the final three points in the set to take it and eventually pull away with the match victory.
Ohio Dominican concludes play at the invitational with a pair of matches Saturday, taking on Minnesota State at 9 a.m. (CT) and Kentucky State at 4:30 p.m. (CT).
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