TIFFIN -- The Heidelberg University volleyball team celebrated Senior Day with wins over Marietta College and Case Western Reserve University. HU defeated both teams in straight sets on Saturday afternoon.
With the sweep, Heidelberg improves to 14-11, 4-3 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
GAME ONE: Heidelberg 3 Marietta 0
The Student Princes broke out to a commanding 12-3 lead in the first set. Heidelberg kept Marietta at a distance for the entire set, with a good start to the match. Rachel Stroski scored four of the last five points for HU in the set, winning 25-10.
HU held on for a tight 25-22 win in set two. Marietta pushed back, knotting the game at 19. The Berg used a five-point swing to take a 24-19 lead late in the set. The Pioneers battle back to within two, but Laura Schrag gave HU the win with a kill.
Trailing 22-20 in the third set, the Berg rallied to score four straight to take a 24-22 advantage. After Marietta evened things up at 24, Stroski's kill and a MC attack error helped the Berg complete the sweep, 26-24.
Stroski hit a blistering .406 in the match with 17 kills. Fellow senior Rachel Raimondo picked up 19 digs.
GAME TWO: Heidelberg 3 Case Western Reserve 0
Heidelberg scored seven straight points to take an early 10-6 lead over CWRU. Valentine recorded three kills in the rally. Fittingly, Valentine put an exclamation mark on the set with a kill, giving HU the win, 25-19.
In a 25-23 second set win, Heidelberg scored seven straight points for a momentum swing midway through the set. Kills from Stroski and Morgan Strenk sealed the win for the Berg.
CWRU crept back into the third set, cutting the deficit to three points. After a timeout, Heidelberg was able to regroup and get clutch kills from Schrag and Stroski to send the seniors home with a second win.
Stroski had another outstanding match with 13 kills. Valentine added 14 kills and nine digs, while Strenk finished with 10 kills.
Raimondo and Sydney Moore ended with 10 digs apiece. McNabb contributed 42 assists in the win.
"Both Rachels played extraordinarily well today," said head coach Jason Miller. "Stroski had the best day of her career and that was awesome to see."
Miller on moving forward: "We're playing good volleyball right now and I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of the season plays out."
HU travels to Capital University on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. match is Bexley.