Gary, Ind. - After dropping three straight (15-25, 20-25, 17-25) to Aquinas College, the Forester volleyball team bounced back to beat IU Northwest in three (25-19, 25-18, 24-12) at IU Northwest Wednesday evening.
Taking the court for the first time this season, a young but talented HU squad held their own but came up short against a Saints team that already had six games under their belt before squaring off with the Foresters.
After a jittery first set, Huntington stayed within striking distance throughout the next two games behind the heavy hitting of freshman Brittany Rooze who finished with 11 kills. She also added eight digs in her collegiate debut.
Kaylee Searles added eight kills and just as many digs while another standout freshman Heather Medich recorded seven kills. Freshman Jensen Carnahan led the offense with 28 assists and three aces.
In the Foresters’ second match of the evening, HU took care of business beating the Redhawks handily in three sets. They once again relied on Rooze to lead the attack. She finished with a game-high 13 kills on 19 attempts for a .579 hitting percentage, 11 digs and three serving aces.
Senior Rebekah Brown tallied seven kills and seven digs. Medich and Melissa Grossman also got into the action with six and five kills respectively while Carnahan dished out 23 assists.
Huntington opens up their season with a 1-1 record. They travel to Cardinal Stritch University over the long weekend to play four matches in the Wolves' Weekend Invitational.