HIRAM – The Heidelberg University volleyball team won their fourth-straight match on Tuesday, knocking off Hiram on the road. After a tough second set, the Berg was able to put together solid play in the third and fourth sets to return home with the victory over the Terriers.
Heidelberg was able to top Hiram despite a lower hitting percentage in the match. (.177 for Heidelberg, .183 for Hiram)
As was the norm for the Student Princes this past weekend, they got off to a slow start against the Terriers. This time, it didn't cost them the set. The Berg had a sluggish beginning and quickly found themselves behind Hiram 14-7 early on.
Heidelberg scored the next five points to get right back in it, thanks in part to four-straight attack errors by the Terriers.
After the two teams went back-and-forth through the remainder of the set, Heidelberg found themselves facing a 22-24 deficit, but a few more errors plus a kill by Laura Schrag put the Berg back on top for the first time since their early 5-4 lead.
After regaining a 27-26 lead on a kill by Kluding, another attack error by Hiram finished off the set 28-26 in favor of the Student Princes.
After the huge comeback for the Berg in the first set, Hiram looked poised to not let that happen again in the second. After it was close early on, a couple small runs late in the set allowed the Terriers to pull away and take it 25-16.
Heidelberg flipped the script in the third set. After Hiram pulled away in the second, the Student Princes were hot early in the third and held a commanding lead.
A kill by Parker capped off the solid 25-17 set win for the Berg.
The fourth set was back-and-forth, as the teams traded points. With the score knotted at 13, the Berg was able to roll off four-straight for the 17-13 edge, as Hiram called a timeout after a thunderous kill by Parker.
That did not stop the momentum for the Berg, however, as Kluding promptly served an ace immediately after the timeout.
Heidelberg was able to maintain their lead through the end, as a kill by Kluding wrapped up the 25-20 set win to clinch the match.
The Student Princes (4-1) will travel to Cincinnati over the weekend as they will participate in the Charlie Wrublewski Tournament, hosted by Mount St. Joseph. The first match of the weekend for the Berg will be on Friday when they take on Kenyon at 8:00 p.m.