BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Heidelberg University volleyball team opened their season by splitting two matches at the Sommer Center Spiketacular in Bluffton, Ohio, falling to Bluffton in a 5-set match first before taking down Denison in four sets.
The opening match between the Student Princes and the Beavers featured a lot of back-and-forth action. After falling behind 23-21 late in the first set, Heidelberg rallied and finished off with four straight points to take the set.
The next two sets went in Bluffton's favor, however with Heidelberg needing to rally in the fourth set to force a fifth. Things started off promising with a 3-1 lead, but the Student Princes were not able to hold on as Bluffton took the match.
The Student Princes bounced back quickly in the night cap against Denison, taking a hard fought first set before losing a lead late in the second set to let the match get tied up. Heidelberg dominated the third set 25-14 and finished off the match in the fourth, 25-21.
Parker led the way again for the 'Berg offense with 20 kills while Sullivan tacked on 8. Romie continued to rack up assists as well, tallying 40 in the victory.
Samenuk paced the defensive side for the 'Berg with 24 digs while Romie and Haase each added on 14.
"We were up and down, it's the first weekend and we're battling a few injuries, so we've got a few kids playing some different positions" said head coach Jason Miller. "I was really pleased with our defensive efforts against Denison. I thought the kids stepped up with good intensity, and I was glad to see that. Hopefully they will take this momentum and the intensity on defense to the gym tomorrow and we'll battle a couple good teams in Albion and Geneva."
With their record standing at 1-1, Heidelberg will be right back at it tomorrow, August 30 when they take on Albion College at 10 am and then Geneva College at noon.