GAMBIER -- Boosted by a career night by senior Laura Schrag, the Heidelberg University volleyball team extended its win streak to six with a 3-1 victory at Kenyon College on Tuesday. After dropping the first set, the Student Princes rallied to claim the next three sets -- 20-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-22.
Schrag had a career-high 16 kills on 34 swings, while adding three blocks. She was one of four HU players in double figures in kills. Taylor Valentine had 13 kills, Morgan Strenk had 12 and Amy Feczer added ten as Heidelberg improved to 13-5.
Setter Anna McNabb notched 54 assists.
Feczer had four kills on four attacks in the opening set, but the Student Princes were unable to maintain control of the first set. A kill by Schrag put HU up 12-8 before the Ladies battled back to take a 13-12 lead. After a 9-1 run, Kenyon led 17-13 and never looked back.
Consecutive aces by Kenyon gave the hosts an 8-6 lead in the second set and drew a timeout from HU Head Coach Jason Miller. Later, a five-point swing for The Berg, highlighted by a block and two kills by the Top Thrill Schragster, put HU on top 15-12. The spell came as part of a bigger 10-2 run that helped the Tricolor tie the match.
Heidelberg held leads of 12-8 and 20-15 in the third set, but the home team inched back into the set. Kenyon got to within one on two separate occasions. However, the Student Princes were equal to the task. Three KC attack errors handed HU the third set, capped by a block by Morgan Strenk and Feczer.
The fourth set was a hotly-contested affair between Heidelberg, Kenyon and the towel crew, who tried their best to keep the floor dry in a humid gymnasium. Tied at 19, 20 and 21, Heidelberg finally strung together two points on kills by Taylor Valentine and Feczer to gain an edge. After the Ladies scored, Feczer ended the match with back-to-back kills.
Kenyon (11-4) was led by Delaney Swanson, who amassed a whopping 25 kills in the loss.
Conference action begins on Saturday as Wilmington College comes to Seiberling Gymnasium for a 1 p.m. match.