Christ. Scholarship. Service.

HUVB celebrates its seniors with 3-1 win over MVNU

Home / News / HUVB celebrates its seniors with 3-1 win over MVNU

HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Friday night was a perfect way for the seniors to wrap up their time in Platt Arena as the HU volleyball team picked up a 3-1 win, 11-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-18, over the Cougars of Mount Vernon Nazarene University (18-16, 5-12). It was senior night and appropriately so, the five veterans led the way.

Seniors Josie Beaver and Danielle Gurwell took charge of the net offensively to finish with 12 and 11 kills respectively while their classmates spearheaded the defensive efforts. Kate Cobb anchored the backline with 19 digs. Emily Hubby and Mikayla Carpenter added 13 and 11 digs.

“Our seniors lived up to the hype tonight,” said Coach Shondell. “It was a legitimate team effort, but having that group of seniors lead us to a crucial league win was just awesome.”

Tonight’s win was the seniors’ first time to beat the Cougars during their tenure in a Forester uniform and Coach Shondell couldn’t be happier for his upperclassmen. “It’s good to beat a team for the first time like that. Exercising demons has kind of been a theme for us recently.”

The last time the Foresters beat Mount Vernon, a 3-1 decision, dates back to September of 2013. Friday’s W also snapped Huntington’s four-game losing skid as they improve to 13-18 overall, 7-9 in league play. With two regular season games remaining, the Foresters are sitting in sixth in the league standings.

Things didn’t start off too well for the hosts as the Cougars ran away with set one before Huntington finally settled in to ward off MVNU in set two for a two-point decision and then cruised to a pair of easy wins after that to secure the victory.

“To come out as flat as we did, yet to respond and turn the tide like that is a sign of a mature team,” said Shondell. “We get to celebrate these seniors a little bit longer then we get one more crack at Marian tomorrow.”

The Foresters hit the road tomorrow to take on No. 25 Knights at 5:00 p.m. Marian is currently sitting atop the league.

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.