ADA - Following a sweep of Saint Mary's College and a five-set loss to Ohio Northern, Heidelberg University's volleyball team finished the opening weekend of the season with a 2-1 record.
Senior Amber Welfle led the Student Princes against St. Mary's with 18 kills and seven blocks. Welfle hit with .471 percentage. Stephanie Romie had 19 assists and eight blocks while Jubilee Haase recorded 17 digs. In the sweep (25-22, 30-28, 25-22), Heidelberg held St. Mary's to a .101 attack percentage.
In the second match, Heidelberg and OAC rival Ohio Northern squared off in a non-conference matchup. After dropping the first two sets, the Student Princes rallied to take the next two. The Polar Bears won the fifth set to take the match (25-18, 27-25, 20-25, 23-25, 15-8).
Four Student Princes finished with double digits in kills. Jamie Kluding and Sarah Parker each had 10 kills.
Stephanie Romie finished with 11 kills, 35 assists and 14 digs, recording her first collegiate triple double.
"We had our opportunities today against ONU," coach Jason Miller said. "We just didn't stay aggressive in the fifth set."
The Student Princes return to the court on Friday at the Charlie Wrublewski Tournament in Cincinnati, hosted by Mt. St. Joseph.
Goobic wins, Hess ready for things to unfold
BLUFFTON - Heidelberg senior Sophie Goobic took first at the Bluffton Invitational to lead the women's cross country team to a second. Goobic finished the race in 19:29, 50 seconds ahead of the second and third place finishers.
Freshmen Dani Bloom (20:25) came in fourth. Lorin Conti and Allie Dresser clocked in times of 20:47.
"The women are so strong and have much more to give," fourth-year coach Briana Hess said. "I'm excited for their season to unfold."
The women finished eight points behind first place Ohio Northern.
On the men's side, Brad Palocko set a pace finishing the race at 20:32, 16th overall. Jesse Rudolph, Jon Clinard, and Zach Flint finished in a pack at 21:22.
The Student Princes return to action on Sept. 21 at the Calvin Invitational.
Kinks in the armor set back 'Berg
TIFFIN - Tired, hurt, and bruised in summation led the Heidelberg women's soccer team to a 4-0 loss to Kalamazoo. After a double-overtime loss on Friday, the Student Princes ran out of gas against the Hornets on Saturday.
Kalamazoo (1-1) opened by scoring a goal 3:57 in to the game. Jordan Meeth took a cross from Madeline Chilcote and beat goalkeeper Molly Schriber to the far post.
The Hornets added to their lead just before halftime. Suzanne Miller headed in a Jordan Lewis cross.
After halftime, Kalamazoo scored quickly to push the advantage to 3-0 and closed the scoring at the 86:37 mark.
"We battled through tired legs and nagging injuries this weekend," eight-year coach Nick Spell said. "This weekend's games allowed us to see the things that were working well and exposed some areas that will need to be developed."
Spell's team will be back in action on Friday at the Case Western Reserve in Cleveland.