Volleyball Spooks Falcons Before Falling In Five

Volleyball Spooks Falcons Before Falling In Five

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Trailing 2-1 in the match, Ohio Dominican's volleyball team pushed visiting Notre Dame to a fifth set but came up two points shy as the Panthers fell in non-conference play Tuesday night in Alumni Hall.

ODU fought back to win the first set 26-24 before dropping sets two and three (13-25, 22-25). The Panthers won the fourth frame 25-20 and forged a 13-13 tie in the decisive set before NDC scored the last two points.

The Panthers finished with 77 digs, their second most in a match this season, and registered 10 total blocks in a staunch defensive effort, holding Notre Dame to a .177 hitting percentage. Junior Jordan Jaeckin (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) had 19 digs, freshman Dharma Jolas (Fort Wayne, Ind.) added 13 and freshman Alexis Young (Gahanna, Ohio) recorded a double-double with 13 kills to go with 11 digs. Young also hit .290 in the match.

Junior Rebecca Skidmore (Westerville, Ohio) hit .387 and led the team with 15 kills while freshman Alyssa Hoyng (Celina, Ohio) hit .267 with 12 kills. Junior Kelly Nadler (Leipsic, Ohio) added 10 kills as well.

In a fifth set that saw seven ties and three lead changes, the Panthers scored four straight points to go in front 6-4, but would fall behind 13-10. A kill from Young, a triple block by Nadler, Hoyng and freshman Ashton Barr (New Castle, Ind.) and a Nadler kill evened the set. However, the Falcons would score the last two points to take the match.

Notre Dame had controlled the start of the first set, leading 17-11 before the Panthers crept back. NDC had three consecutive errors to bring the deficit to 23-22, the closest it had been since 10-9, but the Falcons stopped the streak with a kill to make it 24-22. Young and Hoyng answered with kills, and another kill by Young put the Panthers in front before a tandem block by Nadler and Hoyng ended the set in ODU's favor.

After dropping the middle two sets, ODU led for virtually the entire fourth frame. A 5-1 run, capped by a Nadler kill, put ODU on top 11-6 and forced an NDC timeout. The Panthers maintained at least a three-point cushion and bumped the lead out to 20-14 on Young's ace, and two late kills by Skidmore ended the set and evened the match.

Barr had a season-high 48 assists as the Panthers (4-23) were playing in their first five-set match of the fall.

Ohio Dominican plays its final home match at 7 p.m. Friday against Salem International.

Contact: Scott Miles