INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - With just a handful of conference matches remaining, the Forester volleyball team was in desperate need to pick up a few more wins in order to secure a spot in the post-season tourney but it wasn’t to be this weekend as HU dropped a pair of Crossroads matches to sink into ninth place in the league standings.
Playing in their last home game of the season, Huntington came up short against Mount Vernon on Friday night in four, 25-23, 25-23, 30-32, 25-20, with the most exciting set coming in game three when the Foresters outlasted the Cougars in a 32-30 thriller.
Unfortunately Coach Settle’s squad wasn’t able to carry the momentum into the fourth set where MVNU wrapped up the match to squelch HU’s attempt of a heroic comeback.
Fittingly so, senior Melissa Grossman paced her team with 16 kills and seven blocks. Classmates Abbey Keister and Hillary Pulse also came up big in their final home contest to finish with 13 and ten kills respectively. Heather Medich added 14 kills to go along with 13 digs and four blocks.
Jensen Carnahan dished out 60 assists while Cody Morey and Kelsey Kruse each did their part defensively to tally 29 and 15 digs.
With this win, the Cougars evened up the season series and improved to 12-13 overall, 7-8 in league play.
The Foresters hit the road on Saturday to face a talented Marian squad (14-10, 11-6) that had its way in three of the four sets, 25-9, 25-15, 16-25, 25-14, to send HU home with its 13th conference loss.
Medich took charge at the net to post a team-high 17 kills. Grossman registered 13 kills, a .440 hitting percent and a team-high four blocks while Keister finished with 11 kills. Carnahan handed out 43 assists and Morey claimed team-high honors in digs with 14.
With these losses, Huntington drops to 7-20 overall, 3-13 in the conference. With only Indiana Wesleyan and Bethel yet to play in Crossroads action, the Foresters need to bump up into at least eighth place in the standings to earn a spot in the conference tourney.