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Foresters look forward to second season

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – It’s a much-anticipated second season for the Forester volleyball team as they enter postseason as the 6th-seed in the Crossroads League tournament. HU will travel to 3rd-seeded Taylor University (18-14, 13-5) on Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. matchup with the Trojans in quarterfinal action of the league tourney.

This weekend’s clash is the third time these two teams have met. It’s a high stakes rubber match as the winner will advance to the semifinals. The regular season series saw Coach Shondell’s crew enjoying a 3-1 decision the first time around back on August 31 while TU got the best of Huntington most recently with a 3-0 sweep on October 12.

“Taylor has done nothing but get better this season and truthfully they aren’t a good matchup for us, but we’ve seen them enough this year to know what we need to do,” said head coach Kyle Shondell.

But the Trojans have hit a rough patch as of late having lost five of their last six contests with four of those matches coming to non-conference foes over the weekend. Leading up to their last six matches, Taylor was arguably one of the hottest teams in the league having racked up nine wins against just one loss.

The Foresters have experienced their share of ups and downs this season too.

Huntington pieced together five- and three-game win streaks early on but have also suffered a pair of six-game losing skids. They enter Saturday’s matchup having lost their last three but Coach Shondell remains upbeat about what’s to come.          

“We’ve struggled finding consistency in a lot of our game, but we’ve had a great week of practice and I’m really positive about this weekend.”

HU’s season has been highlighted by several personal accomplishments as well. Junior defensive specialist Kate Cobb has climbed to the No. 2 spot on HU’s all-time dig list. To date, the Elkhart native has logged 1,777 digs. She was also tagged as the Defensive Player of the Week by the league for the week of October 10.

Senior Audrey Mallers was also recognized by the Crossroads League this season as the Attacker of the Week back on September 19.

Huntington wrapped up the regular season with an overall record of 13-18 while logging a 7-11 record in league play.

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.