Volleyball Defeats Heidelberg in Championship Saturday, 3-0; Punches Ticket to NCAA Regionals

2013 OAC Tournament Champions. Mount Union's women's volleyball team.
2013 OAC Tournament Champions. Mount Union's women's volleyball team.

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Top-seeded Mount Union's women's volleyball team, ranked No. 10 in the nation, defeated second-seeded Heidelberg 3-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Championship match Saturday, November 9 in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

The Purple Raiders move to 30-4 overall as the Student Princes fall to 18-15 overall. Mount Union receives the 2013 OAC automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. This is the four time in school history, and third straight season, the Raiders have reached the NCAA tournament.

Mount Union and Heidelberg squared off in the championship match after being the regular season co-champions. After a back and forth first set, the Raiders came out on top 31-29. Mount Union would keep the pressure taking the second set 25-14 and going up 2-0 in the championship match. The Raiders would go on for the 3-0 win with a 25-18 third set victory.

The Raiders were led by 2013 senior Taylor Webb (Geneva/Geneva) who notch 15 kills and junior Nicole Snyder (Mentor/Lake Catholic) who tallied 12.

Junior Lauren Mastroine (Orrville/Orrville) recorded 23 digs in the championship match as  junior Sarah Schleich (Westfield Center/Cloverleaf) dished out 25 assists.

Junior Brittany Woodard (Diamond/Southeast) chipped in 19 assists as sophomore Kara Berger (Mentor/Mentor) added seven blocks.

Heidelberg was led by senior Amber Welfle who notched 11 kills. Freshman Sarah Parker recorded 11 kills as sophomore Jamie Kluding added 11 kills in the match.

The Berg's senior Alexa Frank dished out 21 assists as junior Stephanie Romie chipped in 11 assists.

Mount Union's women's volleyball team advances to the NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament that starts Friday, November 15. 


Short Box Score (Match)

Heidelberg vs #10 Mount Union (Nov 09, 2013 at Alliance, Ohio)

Mount Union def. Heidelberg 31-29,25-14,25-18

Heidelberg (18-15) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Sarah Parker 11-0-1; Amber

Welfle 11-3-1; Jamie Kluding 11-3-0; Sarah Botts 2-0-1; Alexa Frank

0-1-0; Ellen Fay 0-1-0; Megan Mills 0-1-0; Stephanie Romie 0-0-1;

Totals 35-9-2.0. (Assists) - Alexa Frank 21; Stephanie Romie 11. (Dig

leaders) - Jamie Kluding 7; Jubilee Haase 6

Mount Union (30-4) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Taylor Webb 15-0-2; Nicole

Snyder 12-0-3; Allison Twining 9-0-1; Mel Patterson 6-0-3; Kara Berger

4-0-7; Sara Brown 3-0-2; Sarah Schleich 1-1-0; Abby Riffee 0-2-0;

Lauren Mastroine 0-1-0; Totals 50-4-9.0. (Assists) - Sarah Schleich

25; Brittany Woodard 19. (Dig leaders) - Lauren Mastroine 23; Nicole

Snyder 8; Allison Twining 8


Site: Alliance, Ohio (The MAAC)

Date: Nov 09, 2013 Attend: 267 Time: 1:17

Referees: Bob Baxter, Bob Price, Jane Allison, Cathy Masin

OAC Tournament Championship