McNabb's big day helps VB split in Kentucky

McNabb's big day helps VB split in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Heidelberg University volleyball team split a pair of games Saturday at Transylvania. The Student Princes fell to No. 5 Emory, 3-1, before rebounding with a resounding win over Transylvania, 3-2.

Heidelberg improves to 8-8 this season.

No. 5 Emory 3 Heidelberg 1

An upset bid against Emory came up just short for the Berg, falling 25-23, 28-30, 25-18, 26-24.

In the first set, Heidelberg had Emory on the ropes after a kill by Taylor Valentine put the Berg down 24-23. Emory's Sydney Leimbach sealed the win with a kill, shutting down the HU momentum.

The Berg took a back and forth second set, that ultimately finished 30-28. A kill from Rachel Stroski tied the match at 28. The Eagles committed two errors, giving HU the set two win.

A Stroski kill put HU within two points in the third set. The Eagles would go on to score the next five points to take the third set.

Emory built a large lead in the fourth set, and was able to hold off any Heidelberg momentum. Despite the Berg cutting the score close, the Eagles finished off the victory.

Four Student Princes finished with double-digit kills. Morgan Strenk and Laura Schrag both had 12, Stroski added 11, and Valentine chipped in 10.

Rachel Raimondo racked up 25 digs in the match. Taylor Arbogast added 10. Anna McNabb tallied 42 assists in the loss.

Heidelberg 3 Transylvania 2

HU held a lead over Transy for most of the first set. A Transy service ace put the Pioneers to within four, but Strenk closed out the set with a kill.

The Pioneers stormed out to a 7-2 lead in the second set, but HU found its groove and took a 16-11 lead. Unfazed, the Pioneers halted the Berg momentum and knotted the game at 24. Back to back kills by Ellie Stigger evened the match at one game apiece.

With another close set tied at 23, Jordan Horne provided two kills for the Pioneers. Transy took a 2-1 lead heading into the fourth set. Schrag and Valentine led the Berg offense for a 25-23 fourth set win.

Similar to the other four sets, Heidelberg and Transylvania spent the fifth set in a close score. Tied at 13, Valentine stepped up with a kill. Schrag and Valentine sealed the victory with a block to give HU the 15-13 win.

McNabb dished up 66 assists in the thrilling 3-2 win over Transylvania. It was the most since Karlie DiRuzza tallied 65 in a 3-2 win over Baldwin Wallace on 10/6/15.

Valentine contributed a career-high 18 kills in the win. Strenk (17) and Schrag (15) were a major part of the offense in the second match.

Heidelberg hosts Kenyon College Thursday evening. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.