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Cougars make quick work of Foresters

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MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Up against the league’s best, the HU volleyball team was handed its first shutout of the season, a 3-0 decision, by the #RV Cougars of Mount Vernon Nazarene University Tuesday night at Ariel Arena.

"When you play the best team in your league you have to be at your best, we weren't," said Coach Kyle Shondell.

The match marks the seventh sweep the Cougars have enjoyed this season as they improve to 11-1 on the year, 2-0 in conference play while Huntington drops its fourth straight to move to 5-4 overall, 1-1 in the Crossroads League.

The Foresters kept things close through the first two sets, 25-17, 25-21, before finally wearing down in the third set to suffer a 25-9 loss. MVNU committed just nine attacking errors to finish with 42 kills and an impressive .314 hitting percentage as a team while HU collected 34 kills behind Josie Beaver’s ten.

Tailor Schultheis added nine kills. Breanna Levings dished out 15 assists while Kate Cobb finished with a match-high 18 digs.

"Tailor and Josie provided a needed offensive spark a few different times, but we struggled getting much else going," noted Shondell.

Defensively at the net was also a struggle for HU as it was just the second time this season they have been out-blocked, posting four blocks to the Cougars’ eight. The league’s Hitter of the Week Annelise Rohrer was much to blame. The 5-8 senior picked apart Huntington’s defense for a match-best 15 kills and .625 hitting percentage.

Huntington has a few days to regroup before hosting Goshen on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Bethel on Saturday.

Shondell will look to get his crew back on track. "Without overreacting, we recognize that we need to rally and get back to playing Forester Volleyball quickly. This is a very important week for us.”

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.