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HU finishes 0-2 at Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The HU volleyball team wrapped up the weekend at the Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament hosted by Indiana Tech with a pair of five-set losses to drop to 12-16 on the year. The Foresters now turn their attention back to league play as they have five regular season CL matches to go before postseason.

Against Lawrence Tech, the Foresters tallied 63 kills to LTU’s 54 but uncharacteristically had nine service errors to the Blue Devils’ three and were out-blocked 13-7 for the loss, 25-12, 16-25, 25-17, 24-26, 15-13.

Tailor Schultheis continued the hot hand offensively by following up her 19-kill performance against IU Southeast yesterday with a match-best 17 kills against Lawrence Tech. Danielle Gurwell added 15 kills and Josie Beaver finished with 11. Jenna Tacosik handled the bulk of the setting to finish with a team-high 36 assists.

Kate Cobb didn’t miss a beat from yesterday by tallying a match-best 32 digs.

Despite a short turnaround, HU started their match with IU Kokomo by winning the opening set before settling for their third straight loss, 23-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-13, 15-8. The Cougars (18-8) have won 13 straight which includes going 4-0 over the weekend to be deemed the tournament champions. IUK lost just four sets over the two-day tourney, half of those coming from HU.

After posting a new career-best 15 kills against Lawrence Tech, Gurwell bettered her best by recording 17 kills against IU Kokomo. Beaver collected 15 kills to establish a new season-high. Setting was a shared effort with Emily Hubby running the offense the final three sets to finish with a team-high 26 assists.

Defensively, Cobb turned in the best performance of her career with 44 digs. Her dig total for the weekend was 131 and for her efforts was named to the All-Tournament Team.

At the net, Beaver finished with 2.5 of her team’s ten blocks. The 5-10 middle currently leads the league in blocking and after this weekend, she landed the third spot in the HU record books for blocks in a career with 405.

While Coach Shondell was hoping for a few more wins this weekend, he was pleased with his team’s performance. “The purpose of this weekend was to test us and prepare us for this final stretch of conference play. And we accomplished that.

“The results are certainly not what we wanted, and we absolutely feel like we ought to be coming home with three or four victories rather than a 1-3 weekend finish, but we played good teams and did nothing but battle the whole way.”

He especially like the leadership a trio of seniors offered. “I was very pleased with Kate's defensive efforts. At times, they kept us in the game.

“Josie worked her absolute tail off all weekend and today was no different. We lost two of our three setters by the end of the day and you couldn't ask for a better emotional and focused response to the situation than what we got out of Emily.”

Huntington returns to Platt Arena on Wednesday to host Taylor at 7:00 p.m.

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 274 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.