Dec. 4, 2010

Courtesy of Dayton Athletics

DAYTON, Ohio -
One of the most successful seasons in the history of Dayton volleyball came to an end on Saturday night in the Second Round of the NCAA Championship, as Ohio State upset the 13th-ranked Flyers in five sets at the Frericks Center (22-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14).

In what would be her last match as a Flyer, senior two-time All-American Lindsay Fletemier paced UD with 15 kills on a .522 hitting percentage, adding six block-assists. Senior Amanda Cowdrey tallied 12 kills and 16 digs for her 11th double-double of the season.

Despite losing the first two sets, Dayton came back to to force a fifth and deciding set. After a tight extra-point battle in the fifth set, the Flyers came up just short of advancing to the program's first NCAA Championship Regional appearance. Coming into the match, UD was 4-0 in five-set matches,

I dont think its how we thought this year was going to end,” Head Coach Kelly Sheffield said. We went into this feeling like the Regionals are where we have to be to take the next step. Its tough not being able to do that. With that said, it was a heck of a match. We were down 0-2 and this team showed over and over again that theyre a team that will stick together through adversity.”

Setter Jessica Yanz renewed a career-high of 56 assists, while recording 13 digs for a team-leading 14th double-double of the season. Yanz guided a total of five Flyers to record double-digit kills, including Cowdrey, Fletemier, Becky Novacek (14), Rachael Krabacher (13), and Yvonne Marten (10).

Dayton (28-4) loses for the first time since early September to end a 23-match winning streak. The Flyers also lost at home for the first time since 2007 - ending a 25-match home winning streak. Both ranked among the top 5 longest winning streaks in the nation.

Katie Dull had a match-high 25 kills to help advance Ohio State (24-11) to its 12th NCAA Championship Regional appearance next week at UD Arena in Dayton. Kelli Barhorst, sister of former Dayton great Faye Barhorst, recorded 16 kills on a .591 hitting percentage. Faye ended her UD volleyball career in 2006 as the programs all-time leader in blocks, kills, and hitting percentage.