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Huntington volleyball moves up in league standings with two wins

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Forester volleyball team got back in the win column twice over the weekend to move up into a tie for second in the league standings. HU is currently 3-1 in conference action, 8-6 overall.

“One of our biggest goals this season is to protect our home court and to be 3-0 in conference play and 6-1 overall here is a great first step,” noted Coach Shondell.

On Friday night, Huntington enjoyed a 3-1 win (25-19, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22) over Saint Francis at Platt Arena.

A trio of Foresters carried HU offensively with Josie Beaver topping the list. The senior middle finished with 13 kills while Brandy Michie and Lauren Cresse added ten and nine kills respectively.

“Josie has evolved, again, into a go-to for us,” said Shondell. ““She and Lauren are turning into a lethal combination in the middle for us. When our ball control is on, they become very hard to stop.”

The Cougars out-blocked their hosts 12-8 but serving was the difference maker. HU finished with six service aces, four by Mikayla Carpenter, while committing just four serving errors to USF’s 12. The Foresters also did not let a ball drop in serve receive.

Defensively, Haley Longley topped Huntington with three blocks while Kate Cobb registered a game-high 22 digs.

The Foresters stayed in the friendly confines of Platt Arena on Saturday to blank the Cougars of Spring Arbor University 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-19). The sweep is Huntington’s fourth of the year.

Huntington logged 45 kills and an impressive .330 hitting percentage as a team with Beaver and Danielle Gurwell each posting 12 kills while Breanna  Metz stepped back into the line-up to add nine kills.

Cresse again paced her team at the net defensively with 2.5 blocks while Cobb anchored the backline with a game-best ten digs.

Breanna Levings and Emily Hubby split setting responsibilities all weekend to finish within one assist of each other at 39 and 38 respectively.

The Foresters host #20 Indiana Wesleyan on Wednesday at Platt Arena at 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 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.