HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Forester volleyball team (4-21, 2-14) continues to prove they can play with anyone in the Crossroads League but unfortunately their efforts didn’t translate into wins over the weekend as they dropped back-to-back contests to Marian University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Against the Knights on Friday, HU dropped the first two sets before claiming an impressive come-from-behind third set win. Down 24-19, Huntington reeled off seven consecutive points to enjoy the 26-24 win and force a fourth set.
A nip and tuck fourth set favored the visitors as Marian headed home with the four-set victory, 25-18, 25-17, 24-26, 25-22, and the season sweep over HU.
Kaylee Searles led the Foresters on both ends of the court, recording a team-high nine kills on a .259 hitting percentage to go along with a team-high 15 digs.
Heather Medich and Brittany Rooze each added eight kills while Codie Morey and Jensen Carnahan shared setting responsibilities to finish with 22 and 15 assists respectively.
The Knights owned an 11-9 advantage in team blocks and tallied six aces to HU’s four.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and on Saturday, the Foresters designated their match against the Cougars as Dig Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness.
The team wore #8 on their jersey sleeve in honor of former volleyball alumna and beloved HU staff member Sharon Woods. All gate and concession proceeds were donated to breast cancer research in Sharon’s name.
After a meaningful tribute to Sharon and recognition to breast cancer survivors, HU battled Mount Vernon but came up short in each set, 25-22, 27-25, 25-20.
Rooze and Medich paced HU with ten and eight kills respectively. Melissa Grossman added seven kills and four blocks while Searles finished with a team-high five blocks. Morey directed HU’s offensive with 29 assists and logged a team-high 15 digs defensively.
The Foresters are back in action on Wednesday when they host Taylor University in their last home contest of the season.