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Goshen hands HU volleyball 3-0 loss

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Goshen College Maple Leafs stunned the Forester volleyball team Friday night at Platt Arena by handing their hosts a 3-0 loss. The loss marks HU’s fifth straight as they drop to 5-5 overall, 1-2 in league play. The Maple Leafs have won three consecutive matches to improve to 6-4 overall, 2-1 in league play. 

“We knew Goshen was a much better team than they’ve been in the past,” said Coach Kyle Shondell. “But we didn’t really attack them that way.”

While Huntington outhit Goshen 41-37, the Maple Leafs committed just 17 errors for a .192 hitting percentage to HU’s 27 miscues and .102 hitting percentage.

Defensively, the Foresters posted six blocks to Goshen’s four but tallied just 44 digs to GC’s 57. Because defense is typically HU’s bread and butter, Friday’s numbers weren’t what Coach Shondell was hoping for.

“We struggled to putting solid blocks up and never got in a backcourt rhythm.”

Audrey Mallers and Paige Eakright topped a balanced Huntington attack with eight kills apiece while Ashli Drewes added seven and Danielle Gurwell and Josie Beaver collected six each. Drewes also finished with a game-best three blocks. Emily Hubby and Breanna Levings distributed the ball with 17 and 13 assists respectively.

“I was happy to see Paige starting to look more comfortable out there,” said Shondell. “She and Ashli were definite bright spots for us tonight.”

The Foresters are back in action today at 3:00 p.m. to host Bethel College.

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.