RICHARDSON, Texas -- The Heidelberg University volleyball team dropped both matches of opening day of the 2018 season at the the UT-Dallas Labor Day Tournament.
The Student Princes fell to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) 3-0 in match one of the day-one doubleheader, before dropping the second match to the University of Texas-Dallas 3-0. UMHB ran out winners 25-14, 25-20, 25-23 en route to the sweep. UT-Dallas came out on top in dominating fashion, 25-19, 25-10, 25-22 in the second match. With the losses, Berg drops to 0-2 on the young season, while UMHB and UT-Dallas both finished the day 2-0.
In game one, on the offensive side, junior Taylor Valentine paced Heidelberg with a .368 hitting percentage while picking up eight kills and one block. Junior Alyssa Crusey and senior Morgan Strenk combined for 13 kills, with seven and six respectively.
Senior Taylor Arbogast led Berg defensively with 16 digs in her debut as the libero, replacing All-American Rachel Raimondo who graduated last year.
Sophomore Alyssa Edmond made her collegiate debut, facilitating the offense with 19 assists.
In the second match, freshman Maddie Szawranskyj paced the front line with four kills on a .143 hitting percentage. Crusey also contributed four kills of her own.
Defensively, Arbogast lead a balanced back line with 12 digs, while senior Sydney Moore and Valentine contributed 11 digs a piece.
After dropping the first two sets of game one, The Berg fought back to give themselves a chance at a comeback. In set three, the Student Princes battled hard, exchanging the lead with UMHB on numerous occasions. A kill by Crusey gave Heidelberg a 23-22 advantage late, but UMHB would rally to take the third set, 25-23.
Game two was much of the same for the Student Princes as they fell in the first two sets to the Comets. However, HU would, again, not go away easily in the third, trading points with UT-Dallas for much of the set. The Comets finally pulled away 23-20 before finishing the match at a 25-22 margin in the final set.
BEYOND THE BOX
Heidelberg will return to action tomorrow at 2pm (EST) vs. LeTourneau University before finishing the weekend at 4pm (EST) vs. Texas-Lutheran University on day two of the UT-Dallas Labor Day Tournament.