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Foresters advance

- Article provided by Huntington University

MEN’S TENNIS

The 4th-seeded Huntington men’s tennis team advanced to the Crossroads League semifinals with a 5-2 win over 5th-seeded Spring Arbor Wednesday afternoon at Klopfenstein Courts.

Opening day of the tourney saw the Foresters earn their five points after which they stopped play at No. 5 and No. 6 singles to wrap up their second W over the Cougars. HU’s first win, a 7-2 decision, dates back to August 30.

The Foresters move to 8-4 on the year. Next up for Coach Eckert and crew is a trip to Indiana Wesleyan tomorrow to take on the top-seeded Wildcats at 4:00 p.m.

SINGLES RECAP

No. 1 - Ignacio Poncio (HU) def. Nick Romano (SAU) 6-0, 6-2

No. 2 - Illia Turaba (HU) def. Alex Reinbold (SAU) 6-2, 6-2

No. 3 - Ryan MacLean (SAU) def. Mariano Echevarria (HU) 7-5, 6-3

No. 4 - Sebastian Salas (HU) def. Jonah Engle (SAU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

No. 5 - Giovanni Martinez (HU) vs. Patrick Doerr (SAU) - DNF

No. 6 - Niko Rongos (HU) vs. Connor Mogle (SAU) - DNF

DOUBLES RECAP

No. 1 - Poncio/Rongos (HU) def. Romano/Engle (SAU) 8-6

No. 2 - Turaba /Echevarria (HU) def. Reinbold/MacLean (SAU) 8-4

No. 3 - Doerr/Mogle (SAU) def. Martinez/Salas (HU) 8-4

WOMEN’S TENNIS

The 3rd-seeded Forester women’s tennis team made quick work of 6th-seeded Bethel College on opening day of the Crossroads League tournament by sweeping the visiting Pilots 9-0. With this win, HU improves to 9-3 and advances to the semifinals of the tourney.

The W is Huntington’s second over Bethel this season. Just a week prior, Ferguson’s crew handed the Pilots a 6-3 loss to wrap up the regular season. HU is currently riding an eight-match win streak over their league peers from Mishawaka.

Huntington travels to 2nd-seeded Marian tomorrow for a noon appointment with the Knights in semifinal action of the league tournament.

SINGLES RECAP

No. 1 - Meg Dolde (HU) def. Taylor Freedline (BC) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

No. 2 - Morgan Fitzpatrick (HU) def. Caroline Boger (BC) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

No. 3 - Lisa Colling (HU) def. Grace Haley (BC) 6-1, 6-1

No. 4 - Anastasiia Evstifeeva (HU) vs. Layla Jojo (BC) 6-3, 7-5

No. 5 - Lanae Singleton (HU) vs. Emily Runestad (BC) 6-4, 1-6, 10-3

No. 6 - Marla Odendahl (HU) def. Abbey VanDiver (BC) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)

DOUBLES RECAP

No. 1 - Dolde/Fitzpatrick (HU) def. Freedline/Boger (BC) 8-4

No. 2 - Colling/Singleton (HU) def. VanDiver/Jojo (BC) 8-3

No. 3 - Evstifeeva/Odendahl (HU) def. Stephanie Cressman/Zoe Laubach (BC) 8-3

MEN’S SOCCER

The HU men’s soccer team notched its second consecutive conference W with a 3-1 decision over Marian University (5-4-1, 1-2) Wednesday night at King Stadium. The win pushes the Foresters to 2-1 in league play, 7-4-1 overall.

It was another dominate performance by the home team as they outshot the Knights 16-4 but more importantly sprang out to a 2-0 advantage within the opening 30 minutes. Val De Coninck posted both goals within six minutes of each other, his first when he snuck in behind to bury a pass from Matheus Louzada and the second when he chipped the keeper on a ball served in by Ty Sproat.

The Knights got one back early in the second half to pull within one and ensure their hosts didn’t get too comfortable. But ten minutes later at the 61:10 mark, Guilherme Lins Sousa threaded a pass into Louzada who had an open net to give their team a little more breathing room.

The goal was Louzada’s fourth of the season and proved to be the game’s final score. The Foresters have posted three straight wins over Marian which includes outscoring their league foe 7-2 during this stretch.

“This was another great conference win for us,” said Coach Lawson. “And I felt like the boys did it in convincing fashion. Right from the start we controlled possession and the opportunities.

“We look forward to carrying this momentum into our match on Saturday against a very strong Bethel squad.”

Lawson’s crew hosts the Pilots on Saturday of HU’s homecoming. Kick-off is slated for 3:00 p.m.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The #17 Knights of Marian University scored a pair of goals in each half to run away with a 4-0 win over the HU women’s soccer team at St. Vincent Field Wednesday evening. The shutout is MU’s fifth clean sheet of the year.

The Knights, thanks to the foot of Mackenzie Hall, scored 15 seconds into the contest to set a tone that their visitors struggled to match. Hall was back at it in the 24th minute to log another bringing her season total to four.

The first half came and went with MU holding that 2-0 lead along with a 13-4 edge in shots taken. They would go on to outshoot HU 10-4 in the final 45 minutes with two of those shots finding back netting to put the game out of reach.

Huntington was up against a quality Marian side that had struggled as of late by going 0-2-2 in its last four outings leading up to tonight’s match. The Knights are now 6-3-2 overall, 1-1-1 in league play.

Danielle Dehner took the loss in goal for HU. The rookie keeper finished with six saves.

The Foresters (3-9, 0-3) hit the road again on Saturday to take on Bethel at 2:00 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

Long rallies characterized Wednesday’s night contest that pitted the Forester volleyball team against the visiting Cougars of Spring Arbor University (15-6, 6-5). The three-set match was just shy of two hours and eventually favored SAU, 25-23, 31-29, 25-18.

Relentless play by both squads made for the long rallies on a night when not too many balls hit the hardwood without a few bodies doing the same.

“What a battle we watched tonight!” said Coach Shondell. “Punch for punch, this was one of those you love being a part of.

The Foresters enjoyed a lead in each set including a six-point advantage in each of the first two sets and a four-point tilt in set three but struggled down the stretch.

“We did our job early in each set in developing good leads; we just didn’t do a good enough job of fending off a scrappy opponent.”

Shondell praised the play of Paige Eakright who finished with a match-high 12 kills and a .310 hitting percentage. “Paige was everything we needed her to be tonight. She was poised and aggressive at all times.”

Brandy Michie added seven kills for the Forester crew while Lanie McClanahan added five.

Defensively, HU was on point with Ariene Butler carrying the backline with a team-high 16 digs. Lauren Cresse led the charge at the net with three of her team’s seven blocks.

“Our block and backcourt defense frustrated them for sure,” noted Shondell. “We just needed to do more to translate stops into points.”

Huntington (7-16, 3-8) is back in Platt Arena on Friday of Homecoming to host Goshen at 7:00 p.m.