TIFFIN – After an emotional win over Ohio Northern on Tuesday, the Heidelberg University volleyball team came out a little slow against Marietta on Saturday, but they found their groove and pulled away. The Student Princes won by an increasing margin in each set, as the Berg swept Marietta to remain unbeaten in Ohio Athletic Conference play.
It was senior day for the Berg, with this being their last home match of the regular season. Both Jamie Kluding and Ellen Fay were recognized with a pregame ceremony. Kluding ended up leading the team with a .429 hitting percentage in the win while Fay recorded five digs.
Heidelberg had just a .175 hitting percentage in the first set, but stepped up their play in the second (.350) and third (.407) as they found their groove and defeated the Pioneers.
Marietta had 23 attacking errors in the match, which gave the Berg the boost they needed after their slow start.
It was a battle early on as the two sides traded points. After a service error by the Berg midway through the set, Marietta held a slim 12-11 lead.
Heidelberg was able to take the lead and never trailed from that point on, but it remained close until the end. The Student Princes did not lead by more than two until late when they pulled away late, finishing the set with an ace by Kluding for a 25-19 victory.
The Student Princes got off to a sluggish start yet again, as Marietta jumped out to an early 11-8 lead. That was where the Berg found their rhythm, as they rolled off five-straight points for the 13-11 lead, capped off by a kill from Kluding.
Marietta was unable to do much to slow down Heidelberg's momentum as the set wore on, as a kill from Mariah Sullivan finished off the set 25-15 in favor of the Student Princes.
The Berg finally got off to a quick start in the third set, as Megan Mills served the Student Princes to seven-straight points to open the set.
Even after that run was halted, Heidelberg kept the pressure on as they roared out to a 13-2 lead after a kill by Sullivan.
With a commanding lead, head coach Jason Miller was able to substitute for Kluding and Fay, as they exited to a round of applause from the audience.
A kill by Abigail Rose ended the match as Heidelberg easily took the third set by a score of 25-12.
Heidelberg will take to the road with three matches remaining in the regular season, with two of those being OAC matches. The Student Princes will face Capital on Tuesday in Bexley. That contest is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.