CANTON, Ohio – Freshman Carleigh Deitsch (St. Henry, Ohio) posted 30-plus assists for the third consecutive match, but it was not enough as Ohio Dominican volleyball fell on the road at Malone Saturday afternoon, 3-1.
Deitsch entered the weekend coming off a career-high 47 helpers against Mount Vernon Nazarene. The freshman then added 33 Friday evening at Walsh before posting 34 against the Pioneers Saturday. On the season, Deitsch has five matches with 20 or more assists.
Offensively, sophomore Amanda Remmetter (Springfield, Ohio) and freshman Emilee Fecht (Hilliard, Ohio) tallied 14 and 12 kills, respectively. Sophomore Abbi Gillson (Canton, Ohio) added eight kills and a team-best five blocks.
Behind 10 combined kills from Fecht and Remmetter, with seven coming from the freshman, ODU traded leads throughout the opening set with Malone. The Panthers took a late lead in the frame, 23-22, after Gillson and Remmetter combined for a block. The Pioneers though, had three consecutive kills to win the opening set, 25-23.
After dropping the second set, 25-11, the Black & Gold kept the match alive by hitting .393 in the third frame. Trailing early on, the Panthers registered a 7-1 run to take an 8-3 advantage. Back-to-back kills from Maxwell highlighted the spurt. ODU pushed its advantage to double digits, winning the set 25-14.
The Panthers (0-13, 0-2 G-MAC) rode the momentum into the fourth frame, taking the first three points after a MU attacking error and kills by Remmetter and Fecht. The set stayed tightly contested throughout, but a 5-1 scoring run by the Pioneers (6-8, 1-0 G-MAC) to end the set gave them a 25-20 victory.
ODU returns to G-MAC play next weekend with two matches inside Alumni Hall. The Panthers begin the stretch by hosting Lake Erie at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4.
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