GAMBIER — Laura Schrag’s 16 kills paced Heidelberg University to a four-set win against Kenyon College Tuesday night in a non-conference match at Tomsich Arena. The Student Princes improved to 13-5 while the Ladies dipped to 11-4.
After falling in the first set 25-20, Heidelberg came back to win 25-19, and then 25-22 in the third and fourth sets.
Senior Delaney Swanson led the team with 25 kills, which tied for the sixth-most in single-game history. She also added 11 digs. Meghan Cason handed out 45 assists and Katie Howard tied for the match-high with 28 digs. Additionally, Mackenzie Bruzzio tallied 10 kills and 14 digs.
In the opening set, the visitors had the early advantage (11-7) after a kill from Morgan Strenk. That prompted a Kenyon timeout and after that break, the Ladies responded. With Howard serving, the Ladies hit a 6-1 run. Five different players recorded a kill while Howard served up an ace in the sequence. The score was knotted up at 13-13 before Kenyon hit a 4-0 spurt to go in front for good and it prevailed 25-20.
Much like Kenyon in the first, Heidelberg got on a roll with Strenk serving. Down by two, 12-10, after a service error, the Student Princes reeled off five straight, which included three Ladies errors. The home team was never able to tie things up after that. Kenyon struggled offensively in the set hitting .025 while committing seven errors.
With the match tied 1-1, the visitors won a very close third to pull ahead. Each team traded the first couple of points before the Student Princes scored four straight, including kills from Strenk and Taylor Valentine. That helped Heidelberg get up 6-3. Over the remainder of the set, the Ladies weren’t able to overcome the deficit, despite bringing the deficit to two on three occasions.
The fourth stanza was as competitive as the third. Late in the set, there were ties at 19, 20 and 21. The last, 21-21, came after a Swanson kill, her 25th of the night. However, the visitors ended up scoring four of the next five points which included three kills from Amy Feczer.
Kenyon will return to action Thursday when it hosts Otterbein University at 7 p.m.