The Foresters continued their early season solid play with a second place finish at the Defiance College Tournament. HU took three of their four matches to improve to 6-2 on the season.
On Friday, the Foresters first took down Siena Heights in three straight (30-21, 32-30, 30-21). Renee Biberstine led the team with 12 kills and two blocks. Stephanie Stearns had a team-high 10 digs and two aces. Kellie Hanson dished out 31 assists. HU continued to roll with an easy 30-17, 30-24, 30-23 win over Oakland City. Tiffany Malfait had 14 kills and Marissa Scheiber added 11. Malfait and Kayley Cervenka each had three blocks. Hanson finished with 48 assists and Stearns added 20 digs and three aces.
On Saturday, the Foresters outlasted their hosts, Defiance College, winning in five games (30-26, 23-30, 16-30, 30-24, 18-16) to remain undefeated in the tournament. Amy Wilson had a team-high 18 kills in the match and Biberstine added 15. Cervenka blocks seven balls, Stearns finished with 45 digs, and Hanson had 52 assists.
In their final match of the tournament, HU had a re-match of Tuesday's game with Grace, but this time it was the Lancers that prevailed in five games. The Foresters won game one 30-28. Grace took the next two 30-26, and 30-16. HU evened the match with a 30-26 win in game four, but then fell 15-13 in the final game. "After playing a long five-game match against Defiance, we came out a little tired," said Coach Schroeder. ""We got the win in game one, but then slowly started self-destructing."
Biberstine again led the team with 16 kills. Malfait added 14 and Wilson had 11. Cervenka finished with four blocks. Hanson dished out 40 assists and Stearns led the defense with 43 digs and added two aces. Biberstine and Stearns both were named to the All-Tournament team.