Middle Set Heroics Not Enough As Volleyball Falls To Malone

Middle Set Heroics Not Enough As Volleyball Falls To Malone

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's volleyball team rallied from a 10-1 deficit in the second set and nearly duplicated that feat in the third, but ultimately fell in four frames to visiting Malone in G-MAC action Friday night.

The Panthers fell 25-22 in the first set, took the second set 25-17, and then dropped the third set 25-18 and the fourth set 25-16.

ODU jumped to a 19-14 lead in the opening frame on a block by junior Rebecca Skidmore (Westerville, Ohio) and freshman Alexis Young (Gahanna, Ohio), but Malone scored the next five points to tie the game. The Pioneers then scored four of the next five points to pull in front 24-20 and eventually close out the set.

Malone's momentum carried into the second set as the Pioneers scored the first seven points and ultimately built a 10-1 lead. A pair of aces by junior Jordan Jaeckin (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) brought ODU within 11-6, and the Panthers drew even at 13 on three straight kills from junior Kelly Nadler (Leipsic, Ohio), Young and Skidmore.

Down 15-14, ODU then rattled off nine straight points to grab control, capped by a triple block from Nadler and freshmen Ashton Barr (New Castle, Ind.) and Alyssa Hoyng (Celina, Ohio). The Panthers would hit .250 in the set with 15 kills while limiting Malone to just eight kills.

The third set played out virtually identical to the second, as ODU fell behind 5-0 and 11-2 before rallying. Barr's ace cut the score to 12-9, and later ODU scored five straight points, including a pair of Skidmore aces, to pull in front 15-14.

ODU stayed in front 16-15, but Malone countered with four straight points, then continued to pull away down the stretch.

The Panthers then led early in the fourth set, but Malone would hit .483 in the frame with 16 kills to take the win.

The two teams each had 49 kills, but Malone (13-5, 8-1 G-MAC) hit .236 compared to .146 for the Panthers. Young led the team with 11 kills and 13 digs to notch her second straight double-double and third in the last fourth games. Nadler and Hoyng each had nine kills, and junior Ciara Ralston (Findlay, Ohio) and Skidmore each finished with eight kills.

Barr notched 42 assists and Jaeckin led the Panthers with 14 digs.

Ohio Dominican (3-14, 2-7 G-MAC) closes out its home stand with a 5 p.m. match against Walsh in Alumni Hall.

Contact: Scott Miles