VB: Arbogast, Schrag hit career milestones; Berg goes 1-1

Photos courtesy of Doug Sampson/Mason Hainey
Photos courtesy of Doug Sampson/Mason Hainey

SPRINGFIELD -- Taylor Arbogast and Laura Schrag hit career milestones en route to Heidelberg University's volleyball split vs. two ranked opponents at the Wittenberg Fall Classic on Friday evening.

The Berg took the first match in straight sets over No. 8 Ithaca College. HU won the match 25-21, 25-22, 25-17. In game two, the Student Princes faced No. 14 Thomas More College in a rematch from last weekend's three set loss to the Saints at the Bluffton Spiketacular. This time around the Student Princes put up much more of a fight, dropping the match in a five set thriller, 28-30, 25-17, 19-25, 25-18, 15-8. Heidelberg bumped their record to 7-4 after splitting the two matches.

GAME ONE

Coming into the match, Arbogast only needed six digs to eclipse the 500 career dig mark. In an efficient offensive match on both sides, Arbogast only collected seven digs, which put her over the 500 mark for her outstanding career. Morgan Strenk also pitched in with nine digs in the back row.

Offensively, Alyssa Crusey paced the Student Princes with eight kills, while Schrag added seven on a .375 hitting percentage. Schrag finished the first match needing only two kills to reach 500 career kills. Freshmen Amy Feczer and Maddie Szawranskyj contributed six and five kills respectively to round out a balanced offense for HU. Anna McNabb dished out 28 assists, collected five digs and aced the Ithaca defense twice.

The Student Princes had an impressive day at the service line with 16 aces in game one. Nine Heidelberg servers contributed at least one ace, while Strenk collected four individually.

GAME TWO

Schrag collected her career milestone in the second match of the day as she collected her 500th career kill in the first set vs. the Saints. During the match, she tallied seven kills and three blocks to lead the front line. Strenk, Feczer, and Szawranskyj all contributed nicely on the offensive as well -- collecting 11, eight and seven kills apiece.

McNabb and Alyssa Edmond split the setting duties during match two. McNabb collected 24 helpers, while Edmond dished out 15 assists.

Defensively, Arbogast added an impressive 21 digs over the five sets. Crusey added nine digs and a solo block as well.

At the service line, the Student Princes once again impressed, with 14 more team aces.

After their career milestones, Schrag now stands at 505 kills, and Arbogast has 522 digs.

UP NEXT

The Student Princes are back in action tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. vs. No. 17 Hope College at the Wittenberg Fall Classic. Heidelberg returns home on Tuesday, September 18, when Denison University visits Seiberling Gymnasium for a non-conference match at 7 p.m.