Volleyball clinches share of regular season title

Volleyball clinches share of regular season title

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – The Heidelberg University volleyball team swept John Carroll on Tuesday night, winning 25-21, 25-18, 25-18. In doing so, the Student Princes remain undefeated in OAC play and have clinched a piece of the regular season title.

Senior Amber Welfle led the Student Princes with 12 kills and 11 digs.

After a slow start, Heidelberg (16-13, 8-0 OAC) took their first lead of the evening on a Sarah Parker kill that made the score 18-17. After the teams traded points, The Berg closed out the first set with a 5-1 run.

The second set started with a 4-0 'Berg run which prompted a timeout from John Carroll (18-10, 4-4 OAC). Heidelberg kept a sizeable lead throughout the set, withstanding a 5-0 run by the Blue Streaks that cut the HU advantage to 22-17. After a timeout called by head coach Jason Miller, Heidelberg closed out the set.

A four-point deficit in the middle of the third set prompted another timeout by John Carroll. The Blue Streaks responded to tie the match at 16. A service error sent the momentum back to the Student Princes, who closed out the match with an 8-2 run.

Jamie Kluding added nine kills and two aces for Heidelberg. A pair of Sarahs, Botts and Parker, each added eight kills.

Alexa Frank had 24 assists and Stephanie Romie had 16. Grace Samenuk chipped in with three aces and ten digs.

The regular season concludes at home against Mount Union on Saturday. With a win, Heidelberg will win the OAC regular season title outright and will claim the top seed in next week's OAC tournament. A loss will give The Berg a share of the title with Mount Union, but the Purple Raiders would enter the tournament as the first seed.

The match will begin at 2:30 p.m. Also on Saturday, Heidelberg will host Mount Union in football, starting at 1:30 p.m. For questions on parking, please visit the Heidelberg-Mount Union FAQ page.