TIFFIN -- Attack errors proved costly for the Heidelberg University volleyball team as it dropped its OAC opener, 3-1, to Muskingum University. The Muskies improve to 13-3, 1-1, as the Berg falls to 9-9, 0-1. Heidelberg committed 25 attack errors in the match.
The Muskies held the lead for most of the first set, but the Student Princes kept the score close. With a 20-17 lead, Muskies scored five straight points to take the first set, 25-17.
Muskingum held a 24-23 lead in the second, but a timely kill from Alyssa Crusey tied the game at 24. Once more, Muskingum was a point away before another sophomore -- this time Jordann Gudorf -- recorded a kill to force extra points. A MU kill and a Berg attack error ultimately gave the Muskies the win, 27-25.
Looking to force more sets, Heidelberg took the third by a score of 25-18. With Morgan Strenk back to serve, HU took an 8-6 deficit and turned it into a 13-8 lead. A Taylor Valentine kill forced a game four.
Muskingum scored five straight to extend the lead to seven. The lead would hold for the Muskies, as the visitors took the final set, 25-16.
Muskingum attacked above a .275 clip for each set except the third, where the Muskies hit at a -.020 clip. Heidelberg hit at a mere .124 percentage for the match.
The Berg travels to John Carroll University for a match on Tuesday evening. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.