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Mount Vernon finishes season sweep of Foresters

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Foresters were defeated in straight sets, 17-24, 24-26, 19-25, Tuesday night by Mount Vernon Nazarene at Platt Arena. The Cougars (23-3, 12-1) shutout HU previously when they played host Sept. 6.

The loss moves Huntington to 11-15 overall and 5-8 in conference play and continues a six-game skid.

“Losing matches is never fun,” Coach Kyle Shondell said. “But amidst these last couple weeks, we’ve found some definitive progess.”

The Foresters were led by freshman outside hitter Paige Eakright with 9 kills. Josie Beavers and Audrey Mallers each chipped in 5 kills, while Danielle Gurwell and Callie Collins recorded 4 apiece.

 Both Eakright and Collins started the match and have been making large contributions to their team’s efforts recently.

 “Two young players performing at a big level like Paige and Callie not only speaks well toward our future, but had an impact on us right now,” Shondell said.

The second set was the closest of the night. Huntington forced a 24-26 finish, racking up their highest hitting percent of the night with .239. Gurwell helped the Foresters pull ahead 23-22 before Mount Vernon’s Kristen Osborn tallied three kills to end the set. Eakright registered two kills of her own in the final eight rallies of the game.

“We did a lot of things well tonight,” Shondell said, “just not enough to outdo a team like Mount Vernon tonight.”

The Cougars have dropped just one game in Crossroads League action this season against conference leader Indiana Wesleyan.

The Foresters can be next be found in Platt Arena on Friday hosting the University of Saint Francis at 7 p.m. The Foresters topped the Cougars in three sets in their last meeting on Sept. 16.

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.