HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Up against one of the nation’s best, the Huntington volleyball team suffered its third shutout of the year, 25-9, 25-13, 25-20, to #23 Indiana Wesleyan University Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena.
The loss marks the Foresters’ second straight league loss as they drop to 8-8 overall, 4-5 in conference play while the Wildcats improve to 18-1 overall and a perfect 9-0 in the Crossroads League.
The tone was set early as IWU jumped out to a commanding 17-4 advantage in set one on their way to two quick lopsided wins. A stunned but gritty Forester crew stayed within striking distance of in the final set but it was too little too late as a talented Wildcat squad closed out the day with the five-point win in third set for their 11th sweep of the year.
It was a day Shondell’s crew would rather just forget as they struggled on both sides of the net. Offensively, HU managed just 18 kills against 27 hitting errors for a negative hitting percentage. Tailor Schultheis and Danielle Gurwell topped the Foresters offensively with five and four kills respectively.
Typically known for their defense, HU finished with just one block on the day to IWU’s eight. Huntington entered the contest averaging over two blocks per set. Kate Cobb paced the backcourt with a match-high 17 digs.
The Foresters are back in action on Wednesday at Goshen for a 6:00 p.m. matchup with the Maple Leafs. The Foresters will look to avenge a 3-0 loss to GC earlier this season.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.