RICHMOND, Ind. - After only four days of practice, the HU volleyball team dropped all four of its matches at the IU East Invitational on August 17-18.
The Foresters opened their season against host IU East Friday afternoon where Red Wolves proved why they hold the 25th spot in the preseason rankings by making quick work of HU, 25-6, 25-10, 25-14. Brittany Rooze and Melissa Grossman paced the Foresters’ attack with six and five kills respectively while Jensen Carnahan dished out 16 assists.
In HU’s second match of the day, it was Rooze who again led the Foresters with eight kills and 11 digs but it wouldn’t be enough as they dropped a 3-game decision to Bethel College, 25-18, 25-16, 25-15. Grossman added six kills. Carnahan recorded 15 assists, three aces and six digs in the losing effort.
On Saturday, HU ran up against a talented IU Southeast team and came up short, 25-18, 25-14, 25-16. Rooze and Kaylee Searles teamed up at the net to finish with seven and six kills respectively. Rooze also added eight digs while Searles, Jessica Sullivan and Katie Bowers tallied six digs apiece. Freshman Codie Morey guided HU’s attack by dishing out 20 assists.
Huntington’s final match of the weekend proved to be the most exciting as they took St. Catharine College down to the wire but fell short, 26-24, 23-25, 25-19, 19-25, 12-15. A trio of Foresters combined for 40 of HU’s 55 kills with Searles leading the pack with 16, Grossman with 14 and Abbey Keister with ten. Carnahan dished out 46 assists, collected five aces and logged ten digs. Bowers finished with 24 digs to pace the defense.
Grossman and Keister were both named to the IU East All-Tournament Team.
The Foresters (0-4) hit the hardwood again on August 29 when the travel to the University of Northwestern Ohio for a Tri-Match.