SPRINGFIELD – The Heidelberg University volleyball team got off to a sluggish start at the Wittenberg Fall Invitational on Friday, falling in straight sets to DePauw. The Student Princes, who had an eight-match winning streak entering the weekend, made too many costly errors in the match as they were unable to find their form.
Heidelberg was unable to get their attack going at all in the match, as they mustered just a .017 hitting percentage, their lowest to this point on the season.
It was about as slow of a start for the Berg as one could have imagined. The attack for the Student Princes could not get anything going, as they tallied just four kills in the entire set and a hitting percentage of -.053.
After DePauw held a 13-9 lead, the Berg was unable to stop a rally as their deficit grew to 22-9 before the Berg put another point on the board. They went on to drop the set 25-12.
The second set was a completely different story than the first, as Heidelberg seemed to find a little bit of offense. After falling behind 14-8 early on, the Student Princes looked to be right back where they were in the first set, but they had an answer this time.
The Berg rallied back and knotted up the score at 17 after an attack error by DePauw. Later in the set, the Student Princes took their first lead of the set at 24-23 after a kill by Parker and a bad set by the Tigers.
With the set going back-and-forth late, DePauw made the last push after the score was tied at 27, as they pulled away with two points to take the set 29-27.
It was a better performance than the first set, but the .111 hitting percentage for the Berg was still not up to par.
Once again, Heidelberg put up a fight in the third set, but it was not enough. After battling from an early deficit and taking a late 23-22 lead, the Student Princes were unable to finish out the set.
DePauw scored the final three points to wrap up the match with a 25-23 win over the Berg in the third set.
Heidelberg will look to bounce back on Saturday at the Wittenberg Fall Invitational as they will have a pair of matches. They will take on Trine at 2:00 p.m. before a match with host Wittenberg, who is ranked 7th in the nation in the most recent AVCA poll, at 6:00 p.m.