TIFFIN -- Coming off a crucial win on Saturday, the Heidelberg University volleyball team swept Baldwin Wallace University, 25-14, 25-18, 25-18 on Tuesday evening. The win improves HU's record to 12-11, 3-3 in the OAC. BW slips to 25-3, 3-3 in conference action.
Heidelberg broke out to a commanding start in the first set. With Taylor Arbogast back to serve, HU rattled off six consecutive points, giving themselves a 14-7 cushion. Taylor Valentine and Morgan Strenk each recorded two kills during the six-point run.
Leading by as many as 11 points in the set, Strenk put an exclamation point on the set with a kill, giving the home team a 25-14 win. The Berg attacked at a sparkling .310 clip in the opening set.
The Berg used a push late in the second set to win 25-18. Kills from Valentine and Jordann Gudorf, along with a block by Gudorf and Rachel Stroski provided the Student Princes with the momentum needed to complete the second set victory.
Clinging to a two-point lead in the third set, Heidelberg rattled off four straight points to build its lead to 20-14. Laura Schrag's kill sent HU home victorious, with a 25-18 win in the third set.
Strenk had a monstrous night for the Berg, finishing with 19 kills on 35 attempts (.457). Valentine added 12 kills and 12 digs in the match.
"Our defense played really well tonight, and I think it sparked our offense," said head coach Jason Miller. "Taylor [Valentine] and Morgan have been playing really well lately and we hope we can keep this up heading into the final few OAC games."
The Student Princes remain on their home court Saturday for a Senior Day tri-match. HU will honor seniors Rachel Raimondo and Rachel Stroski. At 1 p.m., the Berg will play Marietta College followed by Case Western Reserve University at 5 p.m. Marietta and CWRU will compete in the 3 p.m. game.