How it Happened
Rhody and Dayton went back and forth in the opening set with neither team leading by more than two until four straight points by the Flyers put UD up 18-13. Rhode Island responded with a 6-0 run of its own however, capping the push with Adel Gage service ace that gave the Rams a 19-18 edge. Dayton managed to tie the score at 20-20 and 21-21, but could not pull back ahead as Rhody held on for the 25-22 win.
The second set was even closer as there were 15 ties, four lead changes, and largest advantage either team had was two points. Rhode Island was on top late, at 23-22, but UD reeled off the three consecutive points to win the set 25-23 and even the match at 1-1.
It was all Dayton from that point on as the Flyers outscored the Rams 50-20 over the next two sets. Dayton opened the third set on a 7-0 tear and cruised to the 25-12 win. With Rhody trailing 5-4 in the fourth set, the Flyers then strung together 17 consecutive points to put things out of reach at 22-4. UD eased its way to the 25-8, match-clinching victory.
Inside the Box Score
- Dayton recorded 59 kills on the night compared to Rhody's 37.
- The Flyers also had the advantage in service aces (7-5), digs (63-58) and total team blocks (8.0-5.0).
- Sophomore Ella Ratzloff registered a game-high 23 digs while adding four assists and one kill.
- Freshman Claire Wagner led Rhody with nine kills while also recording six digs and a block assist.
- Senior Hazel Brown had similar numbers, finishing the night with eight kills, seven digs and one block.
- Freshman Adel Gage recorded her first career double-double with 15 assists and 10 digs. She also had two service aces and one kill.
- Junior Annie Ell also had 15 assists and two service aces for the Rams.
- Sophomore Gabrielle Shilling collected seven kills, two digs and three blocks, including one solo.
- Redshirt junior Natale Zanellato added six kills.
The Rams are back in action Sunday afternoon at Saint Louis.