For the second time in three seasons, the Ohio Dominican University volleyball team pushed Hillsdale College to a fifth set in their matchup in Columbus. However, the Chargers went to one of their most talented players early and often in the decisive fifth set to remain undefeated against the scrappy and improved Panthers.
Sophomore outside hitter Emily Wolfert caught fire in set five, delivering four straight kills in one stretch to lead Hillsdale to a 3-2 win over the host Panthers. The win improves Hillsdale to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in the GLIAC. The Chargers take the court again Saturday afternoon at Tiffin University.
Wolfert's big play helped spark the Chargers to a 6-0 lead in the decisive fifth set. A big early lead like that in a fifth set almost always leads to victory, since the set ends when a team reaches 15 points, instead of 25 called for in the other four sets.
Hillsdale played a solid all-around set in the opener, winning 25-18. ODU responded with a 25-22 win in set two, while the Chargers reversed that score in the third set. The Panthers turned in their finest effort of the match with a 25-20 win in set four, setting up the fifth set. Wolfert took it from there.
She played one of the most efficient offensive matches of her career, with a team-high 14 kills, but more importantly, a .429 hitting percentage. She also contributed eight kills and committed just two attack errors in the match.
Another player reaching new heights was junior Megan McPhetridge, who set a new career-high with nine kills and a .444 hitting percentage. Most of her damage came in the final two sets of the match, when she injected energy and solid ball-striking to the match when she entered the rotation.
Senior Caitlin Kopmeyer notched a double-double with 11 kills and 13 digs. Senior libero Sydney Lenhart led the team with 16 digs, while junior Lindsay Kostrzewa was a force at the net with two solo blocks and seven block assists. Freshman Briana Herr also played a key role in the win with six kills and five block assists.