Milwaukee, Wis. - Within the opening week of the 2011 season, the Forester volleyball team matched their win totals from last year by grabbing two victories at the Cardinal Stritch Wolves' Weekend Invitational to move to 3-3 on the season.
On day one of the invitational, HU opened with a 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 25-12) win over Mount Marty College behind the offensive firepower of Melissa Grossman who finished with ten kills in 14 attempts and only one error, four serving aces and four blocks. Brittany Rooze and Kaylee Searles also took care of things at the net recording nine kills each. Jensen Carnahan dished out 26 assists and added five aces.
Up against the home team in the nightcap, the Foresters came up short dropping three straight (19-25, 10-25, 22-25) to the Wolves. After Cardinal Stritch jumped out to early leads in all three sets, the Foresters could never quite recover but showed plenty of grit in the third set. Down 7-0, Huntington rallied to pull within one at 19-18 before the Wolves responded with three straight points to give them some breathing room and cruise to the win. Rooze led a balanced attack with six kills and nine digs. Searles and Rebekah Brown each finished with five kills. Carnahan paced the Foresters offensively with 17 assists.
It was a rematch of Wednesday as HU faced Aquinas College and IU Northwest on Saturday and came away with the same results. Against the Saints, the Forester lost in four (18-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-18). Brown paced the Foresters with nine kills, 13 digs and four blocks. Heather Medich and Searless each added eight kills. Carnahan turned in a solid performance with 34 assists, three aces, seven digs and three blocks.
The Foresters finished the weekend with a three-set win (25-17, 25-22, 26-24) over IU Northwest. Rooze stepped up to lead the attack with ten kills. Grossman tallied eight kills while Brown finished with six kills, 11 digs and three blocks.
Huntington returns to action tonight in their home opener against Grace at 7:00 p.m.