VB rebounds with sweep of Bluffton

VB rebounds with sweep of Bluffton

TIFFIN -- The Heidelberg University volleyball team closed out its No One Fights Alone Invitational with a resounding sweep of Bluffton University.  The win gave the Student Princes a split for the day, having dropped the first match to Wittenberg University, 3-0.  

The 3-0 win over Bluffton was the first varsity victory in the newly-renovated Seiberling Gymnasium.  Heidelberg is now 3-5 on the season.  

The invitational, which raised money to support the cancer charity No One Fights Alone, was the first hosted by Heidelberg since 2000.  More than $1000 dollars was donated in the two-day event.  

GAME ONE: No. 4 Wittenberg 3   Heidelberg 0

Similar to the night before, 22 attacking errors hurt the Berg in its first match. The Student Princes attacked at a .075 clip, falling in straight sets to No. 4 Wittenberg, 25-17, 25-20, 25-23.

HU rallied to tie the game at 23 in the third set, threatening to force a game four. The Tigers went on to take the last two points and shut down any possible Berg momentum.

Heidelberg tallied just one service ace in the match against the Tigers. Rachel Raimondo had another solid performance with 19 digs.

Maddie Fischer paced Wittenberg with 11 kills and 14 digs.

GAME TWO: Heidelberg 3   Bluffton 0

The Student Princes aced their way to a sweep of the Beavers -- their first win over Bluffton since 2015.  HU served up 11 service aces, four off the right hand of Raimondo and three from Morgan Strenk.  The Berg won 27-25, 25-21, 25-10.  

Leading throughout much of the first set, HU had service errors on its first two set-point opportunities before a clinching serve by Raimondo.  

The second set started with a 4-1 HU run.  Bluffton got to within one two times, but each time, the home team regained momentum.  Laura Schrag capped the set with a powerful kill.  

The third set was a blowout, with the Student Princes attacking at a .550 clip.  

Anna McNabb dished out 32 assists - spreading out the offense.  Rachel Stroski and Taylor Valentine each had nine kills, followed by eight from Strenk and seven by Schrag.  

Raimondo tallied a game-high 22 digs.  

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Maddie Fischer - WITT

Karen Wildemann - WITT

Jenna Fessler  - TMC

Jenna Mummert - TMC

Erin Weisbarger - BLUFF

Rachel Raimondo - HEID

UP NEXT

Heidelberg stays on its home court for a matchup with Defiance College on Tuesday. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.