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HU volleyball tops Goshen in conference opener 3-1

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - On opening night of league play, the Forester volleyball team mounted an impressive come-from-behind first set win on the way to a 3-1 decision, 31-29, 17-25, 25-21, 25-18, over the visiting Maple Leafs of Goshen College. With this win, HU improves to 5-2 overall, 1-0 in the conference while GC drops to 5-4 overall, 0-1 in league play.

Set one was a rollercoaster. After jumping out to an early 8-2 advantage, Coach Shondell’s squad watched their lead wither away to the tune of a 24-21 deficit. A series of Goshen attacking errors coupled with Huntington’s never-say-die attitude led to four straight points favoring the hosts. Five ties later, HU finally logged two consecutive points for the win.

The Maple Leafs responded with an impressive set two win but the next two hard-fought sets belonged to Shondell and crew with Tailor Schultheis bolstering the offense. The 5-10 outside hitter came up big to finish with a game-tying 16 kills.

“There isn't a team in this league that isn't going to make you earn a win, and Goshen did exactly that,” said Coach Shondell.

Brandy Michie added 12 kills while Josie Beaver was her efficient self, finishing with 11 kills and a .435 hitting percentage. Danielle Gurwell also registered double-digit kills with ten. Lauren Cresse and Haley Longley got into the action offensively to post seven and six kills respectively to round out a well-balanced Forester attack.

“Tailor was the spark we know her to be, she was effective at the right times and that was crucial for us,” noted Shondell. “I was also really pleased with our middles. We continue giving them more of a role in our offense and they live up to the task.”

The offense ran through Emily Hubby and Breanna Levings who recorded 28 and 24 assists respectively.

The Foresters got the job done defensively as well with Kate Cobb tallying a game-best 30 digs and Beaver earning game-high blocking honors with 2.5 which included two solos.

Huntington heads to Missouri over the weekend to compete in the Columbia College Hampton Inn Invitational to play four matches with their first on Friday against Missouri Baptist.

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.