TMC drops volleyball in home opener

(Brennan Izzo / Heidelberg Athletics)
(Brennan Izzo / Heidelberg Athletics)

TIFFIN -- The highly anticipated home opener did not go as planned for the Heidelberg University volleyball team. The team fell in straight sets to Thomas More College, 3-0, in the first game of the No One Fights Alone Invitational.

The Saints improve to 2-3 on the season as the Berg slips to 2-4.

Attacking errors proved to be costly for Heidelberg in its renovated Seiberling Gymnasium debut, as the team attacked at a mere .065 clip.

TMC surged ahead to an early 13-5 lead in the first set. Errors by the Saints allowed the Berg to cut the deficit to 23-17, but ultimately dropped the set 25-18.

With the score knotted at 9 in set two, TMC used a 5-0 run to distance themselves from the home team. HU could not cut into the Thomas More lead, and dropped the second set 25-16.

Both teams battled back and forth early in the set. After a rotation confusion that game Thomas More the serve back, the Saints used the momentum to once again take a four-point advantage over the Berg. A small spark pulled HU to within three late, but TMC took the match by closing out set three with a 25-20 win.

Junior Morgan Strenk paced the Student Prince offence with 11 kills. Anna McNabb dished up 27 assists in the loss.

Rachel Raimondo recorded 14 digs and Sydney Moore tallied 10 -- the only HU players to reach double-digit digs.

The Berg returns to action tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. for a matchup against No. 4 Wittenberg. Following the first match, HU will take on Bluffton at 12:30 p.m.