TIFFIN, Ohio –Throughout Jason Miller's 15-year tenure as head volleyball coach, he has had some teams that had a knack for filling up the scoresheet. Perhaps none, though, did it as thoroughly as his team did in a 3-0 sweep on Wilmington on Saturday. On Senior Day, all 21 student-athletes on the roster saw action and recorded a kill or dig in the win.
FIRST SET (25-8, Heidelberg)
Tied 1-1, Heidelberg (19-11, 7-2 OAC) rattled off 19 of the next 23 points to take a commanding lead in the set. Midway through the frame, Haase tallied her eighth dig, which pushed her over the 1,000-dig plateau. The Student Princes took home the first set on a kill by Romie.
SECOND SET (25-13, Heidelberg)
Heidelberg got out to a quick 7-2 lead, but Wilmington (2-26, 0-9 OAC) crept back into the set. Only leading by a pair at 10-8, Romie set up a kill for Janessa Scott. The assist, which ignited a 14-5 set-ending run, was the 1,000th of the season for Romie.
THIRD SET (25-14, Heidelberg)
With most of his starters on the bench, Miller turned the court over to some of his less-experienced players. Karlie DiRuzza had 13 assists in the frame, which started with a 13-1 'Berg run. A few communication lapses led to a few unforced HU errors, but the Quakers never threatened.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Sarah Parker had a team-high nine kills, despite not starting and only playing two sets. She attacked at a .571 clip and has 429 kills on the season, the seventh-highest single season in program history.
Romie is the fourth player to tally 1,000 sets in a season. Morgan Magers (four times, 2006-09), Tannah Haidet (twice, 2003-04) and Simone Brown (2001) are the others.
The Student Princes finish the season in a three-way tie for second place with Otterbein and John Carroll. Because HU lost to both, Miller's crew will enter as the #4-seed and hosts #5 Ohio Northern on Tuesday. Heidelberg swept the Polar Bears in Ada less than two weeks ago.
The remaining matches are: #8 Marietta at #1 Mount Union, #7 Baldwin Wallace at #2 John Carroll and #6 Capital at #3 Otterbein. All matches will start at 7 p.m.
Head coach Jason Miller on getting all 21 players in the match: "It was nice on Senior Night to showcase the seniors in the first set ... obviously some players who have worked extremely hard in our program that haven't got a lot of playing time got a little more today. As a coach, you can appreciate that ... whether they are playing all the time or playing very little, they all still work very hard."
Miller on hosting ONU on Tuesday: "I expect to see the Northern team that we had three five-set battles with last year ... I don't want to say our win earlier this year was a fluke, but we know that they are capable of much more than they showed us at their place."