WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- In a hard-fought match, the No. 5 Heidelberg University volleyball team had its OAC Tournament title run end in straight sets at the hands of No. 1 Otterbein University. The Student Princes conclude their 2017 campaign with a 17-12 record.
With Otterbein holding a 20-17 lead, the Student Princes tried to claw their way back into the match. Following a Heidelberg point thanks to an Otterbein miscommunication, the Cardinals scored five of the next seven points to take the first set, 25-20.
The Cardinals broke out to a quick 4-0 lead and never looked back in set two. Midway through the set, Otterbein extended their lead to 17-9, bolstered by six total blocks
Heidelberg did not go away quietly in the set as they chipped away at the deficit. Ultimately, the Cardinals took the second set, 25-20.
Despite handing the Cardinals their lone OAC loss of the season, Heidelberg could not find an answer for the Otterbein offense. Otterbein used its momentum to hold off the Berg in the final set. Anytime HU pulled to within a point, the Cardinals responded with a multi-point swing.
In the match, Heidelberg attacked at just a .140 clip compared to Otterbein's .280.
Head coach Jason Miller on the match: "Hats off to Otterbein, they played phenomenal defense … We struggled offensively and against this tam it was something we could not do."
Miller on the season: "I'm very proud of this team … We went through a lot of adversity and being young we continued to work and I'm proud of the way we finished the season."
The loss ends the illustrious careers of Rachel Stroski and Rachel Raimondo. Stroski ended the season with nearly 250 kills. Raimondo wraps up her career with 2,054 digs and sits in fourth place on the HU all-time list.