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Foresters sweep Saint Francis

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@h-ponline.com

Men’s tennis

It was another 9-0 sweep for the HU men’s tennis team as they made quick work of Saint Francis Saturday morning at Wildwood Racquet Club. The Foresters have enjoyed three sweeps so far this season.

The series history between these two teams, dating back to 2010, has been dominated by the Foresters who claim a 9-0 record against USF.

Huntington is 4-1 in Crossroads League action, also 4-1 overall, for the second spot in the standings. The Foresters host Tiffin on Monday at 4 p.m.

SINGLES RECAP

No. 1 - Ignacio Poncio (HU) def. Jay Stanchin (USF) 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 - Mariano Echevarria (HU) def. Tyler Chrislieb (USF) 6-3, 6-2

No. 3 - Niko Rongos (HU) def. Alex Stavretis (USF) 6-0, 6-1

No. 4 - Giovanni Martinez (HU) def. Jerod May (USF) 6-0, 6-3

No. 5 - Sebastian Salas (HU) def. Tony Tomeh (USF) 6-0, 6-0

No. 6 - Brody Worl (HU) def. Luke Wogoman (USF) 6-0, 6-0

DOUBLES RECAP

No. 1 - Poncio/Rongos (HU) def. Stanchin/May (USF) 8-4

No. 2 - Turaba/Echevarria (HU) def. Tomeh/Chrislieb (USF) 8-4

No. 3 - Martinez/Salas (HU) def. Reggie Garrett/Steve Mullaney (USF) 8-2

 

Volleyball

The Huntington volleyball team wrapped up the weekend with a 3-1 road loss, 25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22, to Spring Arbor University Saturday afternoon. The Cougar win snaps a nine-game losing streak to the Foresters.

SAU is off to one of their best starts in recent history as they improve to 10-4 overall while HU drops to 4-8. Both teams are 1-3 in league play.

A balanced attack characterized the match as five players from each team registered at least six kills but it was the hosts who enjoyed the more efficient offense. SAU logged a hitting percentage of .182 to HU’s .121.

Brandy Michie paced Huntington with eight kills. Lindsay Ingenito and Paige Eakright added seven kills apiece while Tailor Schultheis and Lanie McClanahan each finished with six. Lauren Cresse put down five and claimed two of her team’s five blocks.

Jenna Tacosik recorded 34 assists, nine digs, four kills and three aces for a well-rounded performance. Ariene Butler and Jo Rammel collected 16 and 12 digs respectively to anchor the backline defense.

 

Men’s soccer

Playing in the championship game of the Blue Devil Classic, the HU men’s soccer team suffered a 2-1 overtime heartbreaker to host Lawrence Tech (3-1-1) Saturday afternoon.

Three of the last four times these two teams have squared off have been decided in OT with the Blue Devils holding the upper hand having won two of three overtime matches.

As seems to be the trend this season, the Foresters opened up with an early lead. Today’s goal came at 11:56 mark when Matheus Louzada served a penetrating ball over the top that Noah Fleming corralled to beat the keeper for a 1-0 HU advantage. It’s Fleming’s second goal and Louzada’s fifth assist of the season.

Chris Serwatka was HU’s nemesis after that as the senior center mid posted the equalizer just over twenty minutes later and then logged the golden goal 6 minutes and 25 seconds into OT to send the visitors home empty-handed.

Both teams finished with four shots on goal with LTU owning a 12-8 advantage in overall shots taken.

“I thought this was an evenly matched game even though both teams had their moments of extended possession and quality chances where both keepers came up big,” said Lawson. “Unfortunately, they got us in the end. We had a couple of silly mistakes and Tech is a quality enough side to punish us which is exactly what they did.

“Overall, though, I’m pleased with our response this weekend and am encouraged as we move forward.”

The Foresters (3-2) hit the road again on Wednesday to face IU East at 7 p.m.

 

Women’s soccer

The Huntington women’s soccer team took one on the chin Saturday night to suffer their second road loss to a WHAC opponent in as many days. This time it was a 2-0 decision to Aquinas College.

HU has gotten the best of the Saints the last two seasons, both times by a score of 1-0.

Aquinas controlled play most of the night but it wasn’t until the second half that they cashed in on that possession. After playing to a 0-0 deadlock through the opening 45 minutes, the Saints found back netting in the 55th minute and then again in the 64th minute for a two-goal advantage that proved permanent.

Burge’s crew finished with four shots, two on frame. Autumn Demott took the loss in goal. The senior keeper collected seven saves.

Next up for Huntington (1-5) is a road trip to Lourdes Tuesday at 6 p.m.