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Shondell adds Kreiner to coaching staff

CELEBRATE: Huntington University’s volleyball team celebrates a point during a game against Indiana Wesleyan University last fall.

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Huntington University volleyball coach Kyle Shondell has announced the addition of an assistant coach for the 2018 season in Josh Kreiner.

“We are thrilled about bringing Josh on board here at HU,” Shondell said. “His passion for volleyball and desire to impact student-athletes makes for a terrific addition to an already stout staff.”

Kreiner comes to Huntington from Harvest Christian Academy in Elgin, IL where he served as a varsity assistant and junior varsity head coach. Prior to Harvest Christian, he spent two seasons at West Chicago High School.

He also has strong club ties in the Chicago area, having coached and worked with Club Fusion since 2014.

“When Coach Shondell brought me on campus, I immediately fell in love with Huntington,” Kreiner said. “I have seen the team play over the past few years and am eager to be a part of the future success of Forester volleyball.”

A former libero at Adrian College, Kreiner will spend ample time with the HU backcourt as well as training other positions. He is also expected to assist in recruiting and logistical efforts for the Foresters.

Huntington kicks off the season August 17-18 with the Forester Invitational.

Shondell announces 2018 incoming class

Shondell has announced his 2018 recruiting class. This fall will mark the HU skipper’s fourth year at the helm of the Forester program.

“I have been waiting for the start of this class’ career at Huntington for a long time,” said Shondell. “Each one of these players has the ability to impact our program both on the court and off. A combination of athleticism, volleyball IQ and a very high level of character make this 2018 class one Forester fans should be really excited about!”

Megan Horton, Southern Wells HS (Poneto, Ind.)

6-0 Middle Blocker/Outside Hitter

“Megan is a special volleyball athlete. Her size and athleticism give her the versatility to help us in several positions and her competitive nature makes her a perfect fit for HU Volleyball. The sky is the absolute limit for her with Forester Volleyball.”

Lindsay Ingenito, Daleville HS (Yorktown, Ind.)

5-8 Middle Blocker/Outside Hitter

“Lindsay has a competitive motor almost unlike any player I have ever seen. Her innate ability to score points and find holes in opposing defenses is remarkable. Leading the nation and finishing in the top 3 in America in hitting percentage was no fluke; it’s that ability and her outwardly contagious spirit that will make her a fun one to watch in the fall.”

Hannah Maier, Kouts HS (Kouts, Ind.)

5-7 Outside Hitter/Defensive Specialist

“The favorite daughter of Kouts, Indiana, Hannah is a special player in every way. Hundreds showed up to her signing not just because of her abilities on the floor, but because of the person she is off the floor as well. Her altruistic attitude, work ethic and contagious smile are an ideal addition to Forester Volleyball.”

Lanie McClanahan, Hagerstown HS (Green Fork, Ind.)

5-10 Outside Hitter/Opposite

“Lanie is as dynamic of a hitter as you might find in our league. Her quickness to the ball and the pop she puts on the ball on contact give her a high ceiling for what she is capable of becoming at Huntington. Also a strong ball control player and an emerging setter, she will be able to fill several gaps if needed in her time at HU.”

Laura Nagle, Burris Laboratory School (Muncie, Ind.)

5-4 Defensive Specialist

“Coming from one of the most storied high school programs in America, Laura has a stout background of training, culture and competitive attitude. Her serve receive and defense will be a welcomed addition to our backcourt and her constant positivity is an ideal fit for our program.”

In addition to Shondell’s five newcomers, current Huntington student-athlete Aliyah Pries is also a welcomed addition to the 2018 volleyball roster.

Aliyah Pries, Plymouth Christian Academy (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

6-0 Middle Blocker

“After a spring season training with us, adding Aliyah was a no-brainer for us. A natural blocker and as coachable of a player as you will find, she made an immediate impact to our roster this past spring. The next three years of her career here should be a lot of fun to watch. As high-character of a kid as you’ll ever meet, we are blessed to have Aliyah on our roster.”