’Berg knocked out of NCAA Tourney

WHITEWATER, Wis. — Heidelberg led late in the fourth game and early in the fifth, but Washington University (Mo.) rallied back each time to finally oust the Student Princes in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship tournament.

Washington won 25-21, 21-25, 14-24, 25-23, 15-13.The loss marked the second year in a row in which Heidelberg (23-10) ended its season in the tournament.

“I felt we played really hard and put up a great fight,” Heidelberg coach Jason Miller said. “I am proud of the effort given.

“This does not take away from what our senior class has been able to do. They certainly left a legacy,” he said.

The ‘Berg never led in the first set, but used a small rally to cut a 20-14 deficit to 20-18 before Washington regrouped to get the win.

Heidelberg scored five straight to grab a 12-7 lead in the second set, with Mariah Sullivan drilling two aces. The Bears (23-10) countered with their own rally later to cut the gap to 23-18, but Sullivan halted that with a kill and Morgan Strenk later nailed a kill for the game-winner.

The Student Princes dominated in the third set and looked to have the match in hand after taking a 23-19 lead in the fourth, but Washington rallied for the next six points to even the match.

Heidelberg opened the fifth set with a 4-1 lead, but the Bears answered from there and held off the Student Princes from there for the victory.

Senior Sarah Parker drilled 24 kills to pace Heidelberg, leaving her 10 shy of tying the school record of 1,779 set by Christina Siegel (2002-05). Parker also lined seven blocks.

Rachel Raimondo came up with 22 digs, Taylor Arbogast had 19 digs, Sullivan served four aces and Karlie DiRuzza tossed up 52 assists.

Dragons drop Wayne State

Tiffin controlled the first two games and split a pair of close ones Thursday en route to beating Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe Wayne State 25-19, 25-19, 24-26, 30-28.

Hailey Richardson belted 16 kills, Avery Punches smacked 13 and Emily Norscia came off the bench to line another 16 for the Dragons (19-11, 9-7 GLIAC).

Brittany Guldan backed them with 52 assists, 10 digs and seven kills. Mikayla Shell added seven kills, Hannah Moore came up with 14 digs, Richardson turned in 13 digs and Madison Kielty had nine digs.

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