GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The HU volleyball team nearly doubled its win total for the season over the weekend by going 3-1 at the Davenport University Invitational. With these wins, Huntington improves to 7-17.
The Foresters opened up the invitational against the host Panthers and gave the NAIA’s 24th-ranked team a run for its money.
Coach Settle’s squad kept things close through the first two games before dropping a 3-0 decision to Davenport, 25-21, 25-19, 25-8.
After two different 5-0 runs, the Foresters found themselves up 20-16 in game one but the Panthers came roaring back. An HU serving error and Hannah Stone kill proved to be the turning point as DU reeled off the final seven points to claim game one.
The second set was another see saw affair as both team vied for the advantage. With the score knotted at 18-18, Davenport once again got the best of Huntington by outscoring their visitors 7-1 to register the second set win before cruising to a lopsided win in the final game.
Offensively, Melissa Grossman led a balanced attack with four kills to go along with three blocks. Heather Medich added three kills and just as many blocks while Jensen Carnahan registered three kills, seven digs and 13 assists. Codie Morey finished with a team-high 12 digs.
HU bounced back Friday night to earn a 3-1 win, 23-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-17, over Rochester College. The first set proved to be another nail-bitter with no more than three points separating both teams and after 15 ties and nine lead changes, the Warriors outlasted HU for the win. The final three sets were a different story.
Down 12-10 in set two, the Foresters went on a 15-5 run to run away with the win. The final two games were all Huntington as they limited Rochester to 16 and 17 points respectively to cruise to the 3-1 victory.
Three Foresters registered double digit kills with Abbey Keister leading the way with 14. Grossman added 13 while Medich tallied 11 and just as many digs. Carnahan dished out 42 assists to go along with 11 digs and a team-high four blocks. Morey finished with a match-high 22 digs.
The Foresters continued their winning ways on Saturday to notch two more wins before heading home for fall break.
Against a talented Aquinas College squad, HU snagged a four-set victory, 25-23, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22. Down by as many as six points in set one, Huntington stormed back, outscoring the Saints 9-2 down the stretch to take their first lead of the day at 17-16 on their way to the win.
They would drop the next game but once again came from behind in the next two sets to enjoy its second win in as many matches.
Medich came up big for HU to finish with 19 kills and a .318 hitting percentage. Grossman also had a monster game with 16 kills, a .406 hitting percentage and three blocks. Audrey Mallers and Keister added 10 and nine kills respectively. Carnahan dished out 54 assists while Morey again paced her team defensively with 17 digs.
Huntington wrapped up the invitational with a 3-1 decision, 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 25-19, over the University of Michigan Dearborn. HU jumped out to a 6-0 lead and held on for the first set win but had to play catch up in set two before eventually claiming the win. The Wolverines got the best of Huntington in set three but the Foresters ran away with the fourth and final set, establishing an early 3-2 lead that would never be relinquished.
Grossman topped the Foresters with 14 kills and five blocks. Keister chipped in ten kills on a .474 hitting percentage while Carnahan tallied 35 assists to go along with 12 digs. Morey duplicated her efforts from the day’s first match with 17 digs.
Grossman and Medich were both named to the All-Tournament Team.
HU jumps back into league play on Wednesday when they host Taylor University at 7:00 p.m.