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Foresters chopped by Marian

Article provided by Huntington University

WOMEN’S TENNIS

The fall portion of the HU women’s tennis team’s season came to an end Thursday afternoon by way of a 5-2 loss to 2nd-seeded Marian University in the semifinals of the Crossroads League tournament. The 3rd-seeded Foresters advanced to the semis after cruising past 6th-seeded Bethel 9-0 last night in the CL quarterfinals.

The match was called after the Knights secured five points which meant the last two singles matches didn’t finish. HU’s two wins came at No. 1 doubles where Meg Dolde and Morgan Fitzpatrick outlasted Maria Angela Sunga and Maria Lueken, 8-6, and then at No. 3 singles where Lisa Colling topped Laura Kuebler in a come-from-behind three-setter, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

The win today sends the Knights to the championship match against top-seeded Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday while Huntington (9-4) has a break until the spring.

SINGLES RECAP

No. 1 - Teodora Simion (MU) def. Meg Dolde (HU) 6-3, 6-0

No. 2 - Maria Lueken (MU) def. Morgan Fitzpatrick (HU) 6-3, 6-2

No. 3 - Lisa Colling (HU) def. Laura Kuebler (MU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2

No. 4 - Mary Mullaney (MU) def. Anastasiia Evstifeeva (HU) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2

No. 5 - Liza Lewis (MU) vs. Lanae Singleton (HU) - DNF

No. 6 - Lizzie McClure (MU) vs. Marla Odendahl (HU) - DNF

DOUBLES RECAP

No. 1 - Dolde/Fitzpatrick (HU) def. Maria Angela Sunga/Lueken 8-6

No. 2 - Lewis/Kuebler (MU) def. Colling/Singleton (HU) 8-6

No. 3 - Mullaney/Emma Wood (MU) def. Evstifeeva/Odendahl (HU) 8-5

MEN’S TENNIS

Top-seeded Indiana Wesleyan knocked the 4th-seeded Forester men’s tennis team out of the Crossroads League tournament Thursday afternoon at Sutter Tennis Center by handing their visitors a 5-1 loss in semifinal action of the tourney.

Sebastian Salas and Giovanni Martinez teamed up for their team’s only W of the day by claiming an 8-6 win over Tyler Abbott and Andrew Block at No. 3 doubles.

The Foresters advanced to the semis by sending 5th-seeded Spring Arbor home with a 5-2 loss last night in the quarterfinals of the league tourney. Eckert’s crew wraps up the fall portion of their schedule with an overall record of 8-5.

SINGLES RECAP

No. 1 - Eli Steiner (IWU) def. Ignacio Poncio (HU) 6-1, 6-4

No. 2 - Diego Freire (IWU) def. Illia Turaba (HU) 7-6, 3-2

No. 3 - Grant Esposito (IWU) def. Mariano Echevarria (HU) 6-3, 6-2

No. 4 - Tyler Abbott (IWU) def. Sebastian Salas (HU) 6-0, 6-2

No. 5 - Andrew Block (IWU) vs. Giovanni Martinez (HU) - DNF

No. 6 - Parker Kalis (IWU) vs. Niko Rongos (HU) - DNF

DOUBLES RECAP

No. 1 - Steiner/Esposito (IWU) def. Poncio/Rongos (HU) 8-5

No. 2 - Freire/Riley Worland (IWU) def. Turaba /Echevarria (HU) 9-8

No. 3 - Martinez/Salas (HU) def. Abbott/Block (IWU) 8-6

VOLLEYBALL

There was a lot of energy in Platt Arena Friday night of homecoming in a league clash between the Huntington volleyball team and Goshen College Maple Leafs (8-15, 2-9) where the hosts eventually enjoyed a five-set victory, 20-25, 25-15, 25-23, 20-25, 15-13.

Five-setters are commonplace for the Foresters these days. Shondell’s crew has found themselves in nine so far this season which includes winning three of their last four extended contests. HU’s last outing against the Maple Leafs also took five sets to decide but favored GC back in August to make for a 1-1 series stalemate this year.

During Shondell’s tenure, his teams has claimed five wins over Goshen to three losses to make for a well-documented rivalry that fans from both squads have come to expect.

“It wouldn’t be a Goshen-Huntington match if it were any less of a battle than that,” noted Shondell. “That team is so much better than their record and they always give us their absolute best game.”

Despite the Maple Leafs logging ten blocks, Huntington still managed to post a season-high 68 kills. Four different Foresters put up big numbers paced by Tailor Schultheis and Paige Eakright who each finished with 15. Brandy Michie added 13 kills while Lanie McClanahan put down 12.

“We were able to get our middles going and that really helped spread things out offensively,” said Shondell. “Goshen is one of the best blocking teams in the league and when we don’t outwork them, it can be really difficult to score.”

HU’s intensity on defense was just as evident. Schultheis tallied two solo blocks to lead the charge at the net while Ariene Butler didn’t let too many balls hit the floor by collecting a career-best 32 digs.

“Ariene has been steadily getting better and more comfortable in our defense all season,” said Shondell. “Without her cleaning up the backcourt for us like she did tonight, this is a much different story.”

HU has won two of its last three matches to improve to 8-16 overall, 4-8 in CL play. They are back in action tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. to host Grace.