SALEM, W. Va. – Behind a staunch defensive effort that limited Salem to a -.039 hitting percentage, Ohio Dominican's volleyball team swept the host Tigers in non-conference action on Tuesday night.
ODU tallied 11.5 total blocks in the match as Salem managed just 18 kills in the match. Freshmen Zoë Carmichael (Wooster, Ohio) and Riley Kizer (Mason, Ohio) were each credited with six total blocks in the contest while classmate Trinity Mixon (Cleveland, Ohio) added three.
The Panthers fell behind 7-3 in the first set but went on an 8-1 run, capped on an ace by Rutter, to pull in front 11-8. Salem answered back and went ahead 16-13 before the Panthers came back with five straight of their own, capped on a kill by sophomore Alexis Young (Gahanna, Ohio), to go in front 20-18.
Salem drew level at 20, but the Panthers scored five of the last six points, capped by consecutive kills by Kizer, to close out the set.
The second set was also close throughout, with the Panthers holding a 20-18 lead, before a kill by freshman Amanda Remmetter (Springfield, Ohio) and a Tiger error gave ODU some breathing room.
ODU then jumped to a 9-3 lead in the third set, but Salem was able to close to 16-14. The Panthers countered with a 7-2 run, though, with Rybarczyk recording back-to-back aces, to pull away down the stretch and pick up the sweep.
Young finished with 11 kills and Remmetter had nine to lead ODU's offense.
The Panthers return to G-MAC play at 7 p.m. Friday at Hillsdale.
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