MISHAWAKA, Ind. - It was a disappointing weekend of volleyball for the Foresters who dropped a pair of Crossroads decisions to drop to 2-11 in conference play, 4-18 overall.
In a battle to the bitter end, HU dropped a 3-2 decision, 25-18, 18-25, 23-25, 25-15, 18-16, to Goshen College on Friday night before the Bethel College Pilots handed Huntington a 3-0 loss on Saturday, 25-16, 25-16, 25-17.
Against the Maple Leafs, the Foresters started off sluggish but bounced back to claim sets two and three. Goshen got back on track in the fourth set to knot things up at 2-2 to extend the match to a fifth set.
Up 14-12 in the final set, HU had a golden opportunity to complete the sweep over their visitors but a scrappy Goshen squad clawed its way back to claim an 18-16 victory and the overall win.
Abbey Keister hit .229 for the match to finish with 13 kills to go along with five blocks. Kaylee Searles and Brittany Rooze added 11 and ten kills respectively. Searles also recorded six blocks while Jensen Carnahan handled the bulk of the setting responsibilities to tally 38 assists. Katie Bowers paced HU’s defense with 30 digs.
While each team finished with 56 kills and 15 team blocks, the Maple Leafs owned a 7-2 advantage in serving aces and limited their serving errors to eight to the Foresters’ 13.
After Friday’s scuffle, the Foresters seemed to lack energy on Saturday and nowhere was it more obvious than in their offensive output. HU finished with a negative hitting percentage compared to the Pilots .341 percentage.
Rooze and Keister logged six kills apiece while Melissa Grossman finished with five. Rooze and Bowers each recorded eight digs while Carnahan dished out a team-high 16 assists.
Bethel has won nine of their last ten matches to climb to fifth in conference standings while the Foresters sit at No. 9.
The Foresters are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Indiana Wesleyan for a 7:00 p.m. match-up.