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Foresters return favor by sweeping Goshen 3-0

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GOSHEN, Ind. – The Forester volleyball team opened up the second round of league play with a 3-0 shutout over Goshen College Wednesday night at Gunden Gymnasium. HU returned the favor to their hosts having lost to the Maple Leafs (9-8, 4-5) by the same score back on September 9.

It was a battle from opening serve but by the end of the first set and beginning of the second, HU took charge to set the tone for the match. Down 30-29 to start the day, Shondell’s crew rattled off the next three points for their first win and then bolted out in front 14-3 in set two. Between these two scores, the Foresters won 17 of 20 points on the way to their third league road win of the year.

"All road wins in our league are impressive and this one is no different,” said Coach Kyle Shondell. “For us to make the noise we want to in the second half of league play, this is how we'll have to play."

Huntington (9-8) is currently tied for the fourth spot with Grace in the Crossroads League standings with a 5-5 conference record.

A balanced attack on both sides of the net proved to be the key to Huntington’s success. Tailor Schultheis bolstered the offense with ten kills. Audrey Mallers added eight kills while Danielle Gurwell and Ashli Drewes each posted seven.

"We knew we had to be as aggressive as possible right out of the gate and we did that," said Shondell. "We also went back to a much more balanced offense tonight and it paid dividends. Our middles were involved early and often and Tailor and Audrey provided a steady presence on the pins.”

Defensively, Gurwell and Drewes took charge in the middle to finish with two blocks apiece. Mallers also got into the action with 1.5 blocks to go along with 14 digs. Haley Longley also tallied 1.5 blocks while Kate Cobb tracked down a match-high 20 digs.

The Foresters take a week’s break before road tripping to Bethel on October 5 for a 7:00 p.m. matchup with the Pilots.

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.