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Bethel completes season sweep over HU

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MISHAWAKA, Ind. – The Bethel College Pilots (9-14, 5-6) wrapped up the regular season sweep over the Forester volleyball team with a 3-1 decision, 25-21, 17-25, 25-21, 25-16, Wednesday night at Goodman Gymnasium. The Pilots’ first win came back on September 10 in a five-set thriller at Platt Arena.

The first three sets of tonight’s outing shared a common theme with the eventual winner in each set pulling away by a handful of points midway through on the way to never surrendering the advantage for the victory. Unfortunately for HU, they were on the losing end of two of those sets before BC ran away with set four for the overall win.

“The biggest separating factor tonight was defense,” said Coach Kyle Shondell. “Bethel was exceptional defensively and we struggled to stop most of their in-system offense.”

While the Foresters have averaged more blocks per game than their opponents this year, tonight was a different story as the Pilots finished with eight team blocks to HU’s five. Bethel also enjoyed a 54-49 dig advantage over their visitors with three different Pilots posting double digit digs while Kate Cobb tallied 14 digs as the only Forester in double figures.

After a week’s break, Josie Beaver was back at it to lead her team offensively with 12 kills.  Audrey Mallers and Tailor Schultheis added ten and seven kills respectively for a Forester attack that finished with 43 kills to Bethel’s 50.

Shondell was excited to get his junior outside hitter back and he liked what he saw. “We had been missing Josie’s good production and we got that tonight. We saw some good things from several other people tonight too and that’s a big piece in developing this team.

“We still need to figure some things out as a group. It’s taking longer than we’d like but we’re working at it.”

The Foresters (9-9, 5-6) take a break from league play to host a tri-match with Manchester and Aquinas on Saturday as part of HU’s Homecoming festivities.

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.