Belles Split at Ohio Northern

Ohio Northern Box Score
Thiel Box Score

ADA, Ohio - The Saint Mary's volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-19) to host Ohio Northern before defeating Thiel (Pa.) in four sets (19-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-18) in the first day of play at the ONU Invitational on Friday.

In the first match against the Polar Bears, who received votes in the AVCA Coaches Preseason Poll, Katie Hecklinski led all players with 10 kills while chipping in five digs. Kati Schneider added eight kills and a team-best eight digs. Clare McMillan added 16 assists for the Belles in the loss.

Against Thiel, the Belles bounced back after dropping the opening set to take the next three sets in-a-row for their first win of the 2013 season. Hecklinksi and Schneider both notched 12 kills while Melanie Kuczek added 10 kills of her own. Meredith Mersits posted 18 digs, and Schneider (14), Hecklinksi (13) and Brooke Fowler (13) all tallied double-digit dig totals. McMillan had 30 assists in the win as the Belles amassed 12 service aces against the Tomcats.

The Belles (1-1) take on Heidelberg at 10:00 a.m. and DePauw at noon on day two of the Ohio Northern Invitational on Saturday.