Volleyball's memorable season ends

Volleyball's memorable season ends

HUNTINGDON, Pennsylvania – The memorable 2015 season for the Heidelberg University volleyball team ended in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. The Student Princes lost to Wittenberg University – 25-19, 25-17, 26-24 – at Juniata College.

The loss, which snapped an 11-match win streak, dropped Heidelberg's final record to 27-7. Wittenberg improved to 26-2 and advances to Sunday's regional championship match tomorrow against the winner of the Juniata-Case Western Reserve match.

Heidelberg attacked .159 for the match while the Tigers hit .378.

"Wittenberg played really well," said Heidelberg head coach Jason Miller, the 2015 Ohio Athletic Conference coach of the year. "We just couldn't slow them down."

After notching 12 kills on Friday, Janessa Scott continued her strong regional tournament with an additional 10 kills. Sarah Parker added eight kills in the loss.

Setter Karlie DiRuzza tallied 27 sets.

Defensively, Rachel Raimondo and Megan Mills led the way for the Tricolor with 17 and 10 digs respectively.

The careers of seniors Jamie Kluding and Ellen Fay were bookended by trips to the NCAA Regional Tournament. Kluding's career ends with 998 kills, 10th-most in program history.

"I'm really proud of this team, especially the two seniors," said Miller. "They played with a ton of heart down the stretch. "

This season, the Student Princes assaulted the program's single-season record book:

  • Raimondo's 633 digs is seventh.
  • Parker's 463 kills is good for fourth and her .329 attack percentage and 3.83 kills per set are seventh.
  • DiRuzza moved into fifth place with 1,315 assists and into third place with 10.87 assists per set.

"They put Heidelberg volleyball back on the national map," said Miller. "With only losing two seniors, I look forward to what this team will look like next fall."

The 27 wins is tied for the fourth-most in a season.