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HU recovers in four-set win

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Foresters defeated Saint Francis at Platt Arena Friday night in four sets, 18-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-13.

The conference win ends a six-game skid for HU, who now sit at 12-15 overall and 6-8 in Crossroads League play. The victory also completes a season sweep of the Cougars (8-22, 4-10).

After dropping the first set, HU claimed the next three sets handily.

“We’ve been playing good volleyball for a couple weeks,” Coach Kyle Shondell said. “But it finally showed on the scoreboard.”

In the final three sets, HU only trailed Saint Francis by one point the rest of the evening, which came early in the third set.  After knotting the score at 7-7 in the third, the Foresters went on a 12-2 run to create distance from their opponent.

Callie Collins and Tailor Schultheis each recorded four kills in the final set, which was won by the largest margin of the match.

The Forester offensive ran on all cylinders, hitting .207 as a team. Josie Beaver guided the way with 13 kills, while Schultheis contributed 10 of her own.

“Josie was a force tonight,” Shondell said. “We put her in a more comfortable position, and she responded really well.”

Defense also proved a key to success for HU. Libero Kate Cobb recorded 24 digs to lead the backcourt. Beaver tallied 4 blocks at the net, while Collins chipped in 2.5 blocks. Schultheis and Paige Eakright had 2 blocks apiece.

“We’re so strong at the net defensively,” Shondell said. “It took away most of what Saint Francis wanted to do.”

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.