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Huntington’s season comes to an end at Taylor

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UPLAND, Ind. – The Huntington volleyball team’s season came to an end Saturday afternoon after a 3-1 loss to 3rd-seeded Taylor in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League tournament at Odle Arena. HU entered the contest as the 6th-seed but the matchup was a high stakes rubber match as the Foresters split with the Trojans in the regular season.

Coach Shondell’s crew enjoyed a 3-1 tilt back on August 31 but TU got the best of Huntington on October 12 and today proved to be a second straight win over HU for the Trojans. Taylor will now advance to the semifinals where they will face 2nd-seeded Mount Vernon on Wednesday.

After suffering a disappointing 25-12 set one loss, the Foresters bounced back to take control of set two 25-18 before the Trojans claimed the last two sets, 25-16, 25-22, for the win.

It was Taylor’s offense that gave HU fits. The Trojans registered 52 kills and a .199 hitting percentage behind Kelly Arnold and Kayla Springer who finished with 16 and 13 kills respectively.

“Taylor does a lot offensively to complicate our defensive efforts and while we did an admirable job, we never really shut them down,” noted head coach Kyle Shondell.

The Foresters were led by Audrey Mallers’ 11 kills. Taylor Schultheis added nine kills while Josie Beaver and Danielle Gurwell added seven each. As a team, HU posted 42 kills and a .088 hitting percentage.

Mallers did a little bit of everything for HU. She also paced HU defensively by finishing with three blocks, as did Beaver, and ten digs. Kate Cobb also landed in double digits with 16 digs.

“Per usual, we would rise and fall with Audrey and that’s about what we did,” said Shondell. “A couple losses short of our season goals, but we are very pleased with the progress we made this season.”

Huntington wraps up the year with an overall record of 13-19.  

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.