TU took the opening game of its home match Saturday against Saginaw Valley State. However, the Cardinals rallied and took the next three for a 21-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-21 win over the Dragons in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
TU had the second game tied at 18 before the Cardinals went on a 7-1 run to take the game and even the match. Saginaw Valley won the third game decisively and then edged the Dragons in the fourth to close out the match.
Mohawk graduate Maureen Kurtz led TU with14 kills. Danielle McQuade posted a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs. Tiffany Buchinger had 38 assists.
Defensively for the Dragons (5-10, 1-8 GLIAC), Jordan Jenkins led with 30 digs. Columbian grad Rachel Reamer added 16.
Saginaw Valley improves to 8-10, 4-5 GLIAC.
'Berg battles past Capital
BEXLEY - Heidelberg went on the road and returned home with a four-game victory over Capital, 25-16, 25-23, 26-28, 25-22.
Marian Bevington slammed 19 kills in the win while Jamie Kluding and Rachel Ferguson each picked up double-doubles.
Kluding had 13 kills and 23 digs while Ferguson dished out 28 assists and picked up 10 digs.
Tessa Benanzer led the Student Princes with 33 digs. Jubilee Haase added 13.
HU men blank Captial
In the 37th minute, Christopher Koczak took a Tyler Eoff pass and launched a shot from just outside the box past Capital net minder Bob Weisgarber for a 1-0 Student Prince lead.
The Heidelberg (6-5-1, 1-1-1 OAC) defense and goalkeeper Matthew Stevens made it hold up for a 1-0 Ohio Athletic Conference victory.
Stevens needed to make just one save to earn the shutout. Heidelberg out-shot Capital (5-4-3, 0-2-1) 16-4.
Captial women blank HU
Capital remained unbeaten in Ohio Athletic Conference play with a 1-0 victory over Heidelberg at Mayer Field.
The game remained scoreless until the 84th minute when Mariah Richards found the back of the net off a Katie Freshour pass for the game's only goal.
HU keeper Julie Cross had seven saves on the day.
Capital out-shot Heidelberg 18-4.
Fisher runs third for TU
Tiffin University's Colin Fisher crossed the line third in 25:05.1, helping the Dragons to seventh at the UW-Parkside Rose Invitational. Cedarville finished first with 73 points, beating out Ferris State (103) for the team title. Wisconsin-Parkside (106) took third while Shawnee State and Wayne State tied for fourth with 125 points.
Also for TU, David Knack ran 11th (25:23.6), Brent Hunter finished 28th (25:56.9), Mike Grunden took 62nd (26:37.3) and Kevin McKown was 63rd (26:41.8).
On the women's side, Ashley Gilroy finished the 5K race in 18:35, the second-fastest time in school history, placing 12th overall. Lakota graduate Carly Reese finished 39th (19:16.5), Emily Richmond was 41st (19:17.18), Sarah Chura was 47th (19:23) and Jessica Kern was 49th (19:24.9).
Ferris State tallied 60 points as a team to win the title. Wayne State scored 90 to take second. Hillsdale (109), UIC (126) and Wisconsin-Parkside (144) rounded out the top five.
TU totaled 188 points to finish eighth.
TU quells Storm
Tiffin University's tennis team swept Lake Erie 9-0.
In singles play, TU only lost seven games in five matches. Malaika Bora Messi and Valentina Mazzola each scored 6-1, 6-0 victories over Erika Ginn and Brittany Kelly respectively. Anna Scherting beat Emily Rose-Gray 6-0, 6-2. Chelsea Beck topped Jordyn Parrigan 6-3, 6-0. Abigail Schuster beat Michaela Isbell 6-0, 6-0. Renee Mattson won via forfeit.
In doubles play, Bora Messi and Mazzola beat Ginn and Cristina Suarez 8-2. Beck and Shuster beat Rose-Gray and Kelly 8-2. Cassie Dye and Mattson beat Parrigan and Isbell 8-2.