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HU snaps IUSE’s 12-game win streak on day one of Liz Lykowski Memorial Tourney

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Forester volleyball team split on day one of the Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament hosted by Indiana Tech (9-17). First up for HU was a clash with the hosts that favored the Warriors 3-1. After a short break, Shondell’s crew was back at it, this time snapping IU Southeast’s 12-match win streak by handing the Grenadiers (12-13) a 3-2 loss.

Against Indiana Tech, Tailor Schultheis posted HU’s final two kills of set one to cap off a 10-2 run for her team’s only win of the match. The 5-10 outside hitter finished with ten kills as did Danielle Gurwell while Josie Beaver claimed team-high honors with 12.

After dropping the first set 25-17, Tech came roaring back to claim the next three, 25-19, 25-18, 25-18. Coach Shondell credited a Warriors offense that finished with 55 kills and a .219 hitting percentage. 

“After the first set, Tech did a really good job picking apart our defense,” said Shondell. “We struggled to adjust. And our offense never really found a groove.”

The Foresters turned in eight fewer kills than their hosts to go along with a .179 hitting percentage.

Defensively, however, Huntington held the upper hand, especially at the net where they out-blocked the Warriors 7-1 with Lauren Cresse tallying a match-best three blocks. Kate Cobb took over the backcourt with 27 digs in addition to recording two aces. Ariene Butler added 11 digs.

Schultheis picked up where she left off to post a career-best 19 kills against IUSE to guide her team to the five-set win, 25-17, 21-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-12. It’s the Foresters’ first five-set victory of the season as they move to 12-14 on the year.

Beaver and Gurwell also collected double-digit kills with 12 and ten respectively while Haley Longley added nine. Jenna Tacosik and Emily Hubby tag teamed setting duties with Tacosik registering 22 assists and Hubby posting 18.

Defensively, Cobb again came up big in the back row to finish with 28 digs. Mikayla Carpenter tallied 11. In addition to Longley’s offensive contributions, the 6-0 opposite also posted some impressive defensive numbers by recording ten digs and three blocks.

Longley was just one of several Foresters to put up a wall at the net as HU totaled a season-best 17 blocks. Beaver led the charge with five, two of which were solos. Cresse finished with 3.5 blocks while Schultheis came up with 2.5.

Shondell was quick to praise his team, especially the play of Schultheis. “We had several people step up at key moments, but Tailor was a big-time player today,” noted Shondell. “This was likely her best match as a Forester.”

The Forester return to the Schaefer Center tomorrow to take on Lawrence Tech at noon and IU Kokomo at 2:00 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.