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Foresters win third straight with 3-1 decision over SAU

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SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – The HU volleyball team upped their win streak to three Saturday afternoon by outlasting Spring Arbor University 3-1, 25-22, 20-25, 27-25, 27-25, at the SAU Fieldhouse.

The Cougars (2-9, 0-7) may be sitting at the bottom of the league but played anything like the last place team on this given day. They out-blocked their visitors 12-9 and forced 55 ties over the course of the afternoon in addition to extending the last two sets to extra points.

"We get Spring Arbor's best match just about every time we play them and today was no different," noted Coach Kyle Shondell. “They are one of the best blocking teams in our league and that really toyed with our hitters."

But Shondell’s battle-tested crew band together to get the job done. For the third straight match, Audrey Mallers spearheaded the offense with 16 kills but had plenty of support from Ashli Drewes and Danielle Gurwell who each finished with 11 kills. Tailor Schultheis and Josie Beaver also got in on the action to add eight and seven kills respectively.

Gurwell teamed up with Kate Cobb to lead the defensive charge. Gurwell collected three blocks while Cobb posted a match-high 31 digs. Mallers and Mikayla Carpenter scrapped for 17 digs apiece.

Shondell was pleased with the contributions he got from so many of his players. "Audrey was really strong for three sets which gave us a good boost, but we needed others to step up in the fourth and we got that.

"Ashli and Danielle were great in the middle - they stayed aggressive and it really panned out for us," said Shondell. "Kate was spectacular today; her combined with both Audrey and Mikayla were as good today as any backcourt in our conference."

The Foresters move to 8-6 on the year, 4-3 in the league. HU has nearly a week off before traveling to Grace on Friday for a 7:00 p.m. matchup with the Lancers.  

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.