HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Playing some of their best volleyball of the season Wednesday evening, the Foresters (3-13, 2-7) nearly knocked off one of the top teams in the conference in Bethel College. It was a heart-breaking finish as HU found themselves up 14-11 in the fifth set but couldn’t polish off the Pilots.
BC, currently in a three-way tie for first in the conference standings, topped HU in five sets, 25-23, 25-23, 22-25, 26-28, 18-16, to move to 8-1 in league play, 13-5 overall.
HU’s grit and intensity never wavered as they dropped the first two sets by two points each time before bouncing back to claim the next two and force a fifth set where the Pilots outlasted the Foresters for the win.
Jensen Carnahan organized the Huntington attack by dishing out 43 assists with her main target being Melissa Grossman. The 6-0 senior finished with 17 kills and a .262 hitting percentage to go along with five blocks. Audrey Mallers added nine kills while Heather Medich and Abbey Keister each tallied eight. Keister and Ashlyn Wendling racked up six and five blocks respectively.
Codie Morey bolstered HU’s defense with a game-high 26 digs. Three other Foresters also finished with double digit digs including Medich with 20, Katie DePew with 20 and Kelsey Kruse with 14.
Huntington has a week’s break before hosting Grace College on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.