CINCINNATI – The Heidelberg University volleyball team opened up play at the Charlie Wrublewski Tournament on Friday, defeating Kenyon in four sets (25-13, 25-17, 18-25, 25-20). The Student Princes were convincing in the first two sets, and after dropping the third, they bounced back quickly to finish off the match.
Sarah Parker was nearly unstoppable in the match, recording 19 kills with a blistering .567 hitting percentage.
For the match, Heidelberg recorded a .223 hitting percentage, compared to just .123 for Kenyon.
Heidelberg came out of the gate on fire, scoring the first four points off of errors by Kenyon. The Student Princes continued to roll throughout the set, as they opened up a 19-5 lead after a kill by Parker. With that lead holding, Mills capped off the set with an ace to wrap up the 25-13 set.
The Berg came out quickly in the second set as well, scoring the first four as well as five-straight to build an early 9-2 advantage. Kenyon put together a small rally in the middle of the set and cut the score to 16-13, but four-straight from the Berg, capped off with a kill from Laura Schrag, put it out of reach. An attack error by Kenyon finished out the set.
After quick starts in the first two sets, the third was much more even. Heidelberg was able to get out to a 7-5 lead after a kill by Parker, but Kenyon answered quickly. They were able to slowly distance themselves from the Student Princes as the Berg trailed 21-14. Four straight points by Heidelberg got them back in it, but Kenyon was able to rally back to take the set and avoid the sweep.
Kenyon (3-3) carried their momentum into the fourth set early, taking a 5-2 lead. Heidelberg fought back, however, and was able to knot the score at seven. After some back-and-forth action, the Berg was finally able to get some breathing room, opening up a 21-16 lead. That lead would prove to be enough as the Student Princes clinched the match with a 25-20 win in the fourth set.
Heidelberg (5-1) will continue the Charlie Wrublewski Tournament on Saturday with a pair of matches. They will take on Maryville (Tenn .) at 11:00 a.m. before facing off with host Mount St. Joseph at 2:30 p.m.