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HU volleyball suffers two losses on day two of UNOH tourney

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LIMA, Ohio – Day two of the UNOH Silver Spike Tournament wasn’t kind to the HU volleyball team as they suffered a pair of losses on Saturday to drop to 5-3 on the year.

But HU head coach Kyle Shondell is focused on the bigger picture. “We play in a tough league, so it’s important to play tough competition when you the opportunity to do so. We learned a lot this weekend and hopefully that translates into success down the road.”

Against Purdue Northwest, the Foresters stayed within striking distance but came up short 3-1, 25-19, 26-24, 18-25, 25-19. They nearly doubled up the Pride in blocks, 11-6, and committed half the number of serving errors, six to 11, but fell just short offensively logging 50 kills to PNW’s 53.

Josie Beaver was the lone Forester to log double digit kills with 13. Audrey Mallers finished with nine while Ashli Drewes and Paige Eakright tallied eight apiece. Danielle Gurwell posted six kills but did most of her damage at the net defensively by registering 3.5 blocks.

Kate Cobb paced HU’s backcourt with 26 digs. Mikayla Carpenter collected 18 while Emily Hubby finished with 16 to go along with 20 assists. Breanna Levings also recorded 20 assists.

Up against the host Racers to wrap up the tournament, the Foresters struggled for consistency to find themselves on the short end of a 3-1 decision, 25-10, 25-23, 18-25, 25-15.

Beaver was HU’s mainstay offensively with ten kills and for her efforts was named to the All-Tournament Team. Mallers posted 11 kills while Gurwell added six in addition to tallying three of HU’s seven blocks.

“Josie was a steady force for us when we really needed it,” said Shondell. “At most times, we were as good defensively as we like to be, but we still have some inconsistency there.”

Cobb again led the backcourt charge with 21 digs to join Beaver on the All-Tournament Team. Hubby and Leavings registered 20 and 16 assists respectively.

Huntington jumps back into league action on Tuesday with a road trip to Mount Vernon with game time set for 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 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.