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HU takes #25 Marian to five sets

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - It was another case where the Forester volleyball team (9-10, 4-5) came close to knocking off a ranked opponent but couldn’t quite close the deal. This time HU took #25 Marian University to five sets before suffering a 3-2 loss, 25-21, 20-25, 19-25, 25-16, 15-6, Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena.

For Coach Shondell’s crew, today’s match was the sixth against a nationally ranked team and the fourth time they’ve taken their ranked opponent to a fifth set rubber match.

As has been the case all season, the Foresters weren’t playing with a full roster but Jenna Tacosik was a welcomed addition to the court as she played her first full match as a Forester. The freshman rookie finished with a game-high 21 assists. Brianna Levings tallied 20 assists as the twosome split setting responsibilities.

“I thought both setters did a great job of mixing up our offense and staying aggressive,” said Coach Shondell. “We were really hard to stop for a long stretch today.”

Breanna Metz, another freshman who has had limited action this season, posted some big numbers offensively with a game-best 16 kills. Brandy Michie added ten kills and a .269 hitting percentage while Danielle Gurwell chipped in nine kills.

“Brea was terrific today,” noted Shondell. “She has been patient coming off an early injury and really found her groove today.”

The Foresters finished with 49 kills to Marians’ 46 but the visitors out-blocked HU 10-4 and committed six service errors to their hosts’ nine.

Backcourt defense was a shared effort with Ariene Butler and Mikayla Carpenter posting 14 digs each while Kate Cobb and Levings added 12 and ten respectively.

While Coach Shondell would love to be on the other side of these close matches, he remains optimistic. “Between how we've been competing lately and the amount of players stepping into big roles, this group is getting really fun to watch.

“You want to win every match you play, and being in this position and falling short has become a theme for us, but I truly like where we're at.”

HU heads to Saint Francis on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. clash with the Cougars.

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.