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.
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
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