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Forester volleyball ends season with quarterfinal loss

Staff reports

The Huntington University volleyball team’s season wrapped up on Saturday, as the seventh-seeded Foresters lost 3–0 (14–25, 15–25, 19–25) to RV St. Francis in the Crossroads League Quarterfinals in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

The three-set sweep completed the season trifecta for the Cougars against Huntington, as each match between the teams this season ended in the minimum amount of sets.

The Foresters felt they prepared for the contest well, but the Cougars proved too much for Huntington to handle.

“We had a great game plan, but as good teams do, St. Francis made execution very difficult,” said head coach Kyle Shondell in a press release. “They are one of the best offensive teams in our league this year and we weren’t much of a match defensively.”

The Forester offense was led by a two-pronged attack featuring sophomores Brandy Michie and Jenna Tacosik. Michie posted a team-high eight kills in the match, while Tacosik tallied 22 assists.

“Numbers might not show it, but I thought Jenna did a really good job of mixing up our attack and giving people opportunities to score,” Shondell said in the press release.

Sophomore Ariene Butler paced the defense with 12 digs throughout the contest.

With Huntington being eliminated with the loss, the match served as the final matches for Huntington seniors Breanna Levings, Haley Longley and Tailor Schultheis.

The Foresters concluded their season accumulating a record of 10–25.

CROSS COUNTRY

The Huntington University cross country teams competed in the Crossroads League Championships on Saturday at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

The men’s team finished in fifth place overall with a team time of 2:20:52, while the women claimed an eighth place finish at the meet with a team time of 1:43:04.

Senior Aspen Dirr paced the women’s team, earning a fourth place finish at the meet by crossing the finish line in 18:40. Dirr was the only runner not from Taylor to place in the top seven.

Dirr’s performance earned her a trip to compete at the NAIA National Championships on Nov. 16 and claimed a spot on the All-Conference team. Both are the third time Dirr has accomplished the feats while at Huntington.

Freshman Saige Norris crossed the line next for Huntington, earning 29th with a time of 19:53. Five Foresters finished within 20 spots of each other to round out Huntington’s official showing.

The men were paced by sophomore Adrien Gentie, who earned his first All-Conference nomination after finishing 17th with a time of 27:26.

Freshman Aaron Hendryx finished next for the Foresters, earning 32nd overall in 27:59. Junior Nick Childs (37th, 28:09), senior Kevin Moser (41st, 28:16), freshman Luke Zeddis (58th, 28:59), sophomore Kody Ahrens (77th, 29:21) and senior CJ Robertson (78th, 29:28) wrapped up Huntington’s team performance.

“Both teams significantly improved from last year’s finish at the conference meet,” said head coach Nick Johnson in a press release. “Both squads finished two spots higher, which is notable since the conference is considerably better overall this year with multiple ranked teams, including two in the top five.”

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Huntington University men’s basketball team fell 83–80 to St. Xavier on Saturday in Platt Arena in a non-conference matchup. The defeat dropped the Foresters’ season record to 2–1.

The first half featured a defensive clinic from both sides, as the halftime score was 36–33 in favor of St. Xavier. The Foresters were able to assert their dominance in the paint in the first half, with senior Tyler Arens and freshman Caleb Middlesworth combining to tally 19 of Huntington’s 33 points in the half.

Middlesworth continued his hot play in the second half, finishing with a game-high 26 points, the best showing of Middlesworth’s young career. Meanwhile, Arens concluded his afternoon with 19 points and a team-leading eight rebounds.

Though the Foresters held the lead at various points throughout the contest, the Cougars eventually outlasted Huntington to claim their first victory of the season.

Huntington returns to the court today, traveling to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to face off against Aquinas at 8 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Huntington University women’s basketball team claimed a 70–55 win over RV Aquinas on Saturday in Grand Rapids, Michigan, wrapping up a successful weekend sweep after defeating Cornerstone on Friday afternoon.

By defeating the Saints, Huntington improved their season record to 2–1.

Sophomore guard Sam Hammel paced the Forester offense, recording a game-high 21 points in the contest. Hammel added five assists and four steals, both of which were also game-high totals.

The 21-point outing for Hammel tied her career-high total.

Senior guard Maddie Richer buried 16 points while senior forward Brooke Saylor added 10.

The Forester defense was again able to force a number of turnovers for the opposition, this time causing 19 Aquinas turnovers, resulting in 18 points for Huntington throughout the contest.

The Foresters return to the court today, hosting Holy Cross in Huntington’s home opener. Opening tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Platt Arena.