EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Ohio Dominican's volleyball team limited Kentucky State to a .111 hitting percentage as the Panthers swept the Thorobreds in the finale of the Southern Indiana Invitational on Saturday (25-18, 25-20, 25-20.)
ODU bounced back from a 3-0 (13-25, 22-25, 20-25) setback to Minnesota State (3-0) earlier in the day to pick up the split as they closed out the first weekend of play.
Sophomore Alexis Young (Gahanna, Ohio) hit .375 and racked up 14 kills to lead ODU in the victory against Kentucky State (0-4), while senior Rebecca Skidmore (Westerville, Ohio) added 10 kills. Sophomore Ashton Barr (New Castle, Ind.) tallied 30 assists and seven digs, while freshman Tate Rybarczyk (Avon Lake, Ohio) finished with 10 digs.
ODU (1-3) jumped to a 6-2 lead on kills by senior Patricia Barreto (Findlay, Ohio) and Young, but found itself trailing 15-14 midway through the set. The Panthers responded with an 8-1 run, though, with Young picking up a couple of kills and Skidmore and junior Allie Rutter (Fostoria, Ohio) teaming up on a block to help spark it.
The second set was also tight at the middle mark with the teams even at 14, but a solo block and kill by Skidmore helped put ODU in front 17-14. Kentucky State hung close and was down 22-20, but consecutive terminations by Young and another from Skidmore sealed the set for ODU.
The Panthers then found themselves down 14-12 in the third set before ripping off five straight points, capped by Young's kill. The Thorobreds closed within 18-17, but ODU scored the next three points and closed out the match on a block by Barr and Rutter.
ODU finished with 38 kills and just 12 hitting errors in the contest.
In the opener with Minnesota State, ODU stayed close in the second set, remaining level at 13 and closing within 22-21 on an MSU error and Young kill before the Mavericks pulled away down the stretch.
The Panthers then started the third frame with a 14-8 lead, but the Mavericks countered with a 10-2 lead and eventually pulled away for the win.
Freshman Amanda Remmetter (Springfield, Ohio) had seven kills, Barr tallied 20 assists and Rybarczyk added 14 digs.
Ohio Dominican will play four matches at the Tony Banner Memorial Invitational at Clarion next weekend, starting at 2 p.m. against Millersville.
Contact: Scott Miles