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Gentie named National Runner of the Week

- Article provided by Huntington University

CROSS COUNTRY

The awards continue to roll in for HU junior Adrien Gentie after his outstanding race Friday night at Manchester University’s Hokum Karem, as he was named as the NAIA's National Runner of the Week.

Not only was Gentie deemed the fastest male of the meet for running the quickest mile of the day, his 4:28 mile also proved a course record as was his compiled four-mile time of 18:37. Up against 39 other pairs, the junior teamed up with Aaron Hendryx to win the race with an overall time of 38:17.2 for a 4:47 per mile average.

The Foresters won the Hokum Karem with eight points as HU claimed the second and fifth spots as well. HU is back in action on Friday to run in IWU’s Twilight Invitational.

 

VOLLEYBALL

The Huntington volleyball team made the trip to Upland for its conference opener Wednesday evening where they suffered a 3–1 loss, 21–25, 25–19, 26–16, 25–22, to the Trojans (9–4, 1–0) of Taylor University. The loss snaps the Foresters’ five-game win streak as they drop to 5–2 on the year, 0–1 in league action.

The Trojans (9–4, 1–0) got off to a slow start this season, losing three of their first four matches, but have since gone 8–1 which includes winning their last five.

One of the notable discrepancies of the match was offensive efficiency. Taylor logged 54 kills at a rate of .248 compared to their visitors who finished with 45 kills and a .140 hitting percentage. Jennings Tacosik handed out 31 assists as one of seven different Foresters who posted at least one assist. The result was a disruption to their typical flow and speaks to some of HU’s offensive woes.

“Tonight we saw chaotic volleyball and didn’t remain disciplined on our end,” said Coach Herber. “This weekend we have an opportunity to play in a tournament where we can improve both fundamentally and mentally.”

Paige Eakright finished with 15 kills to pace her team at the net. Tacosik added eight in addition to collecting ten digs. Ariene Butler also posted double digit digs with a game-tying 18.

TU out blocked the Foresters 6–3 while aces were a wash with Taylor logging eight to HU’s seven.

“In talking to the team after the match, their biggest take-away was that they didn’t feel like we played as a family,” said Coach Herber. “These girls have built a foundation of togetherness, fearlessness, aggression and discipline.

“Therefore, they have the tools. It’s time to put those tools to use moving forward. I love this team and would choose them any day. They have what it takes.”

The Foresters will compete in the Fisk University Invitational this weekend in Nashville, Tennessee.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

The Huntington women’s tennis team suffered its second league loss of the year with a 5–2 decision to Grace Wednesday afternoon at the Miller Field Tennis Courts. The loss drops HU to 2–2 overall, 1–2 in CL action.

The Foresters have enjoyed the upperhand over the Lancers as of late as GC's win over HU is the first since September of 2013 when they handed Huntington a 5–4 loss.

Meg Dolde and Morgan Fitzpatrick edged past Emily Mast and Dayana Ortega in a hard fought 7–6 (7–3) decision at the top spot in doubles. Charlotte Solli picked up a win at No. 2 singles, 7–6 (7–4), 6–3, over Carrie Copeland while Molly Burton was HU’s other win at No. 6 singles where she disposed of Shelby Bankson 6–2, 6–1.

HU is back at it on Saturday when they host Saint Francis at 10 a.m. and then turn around to host Indiana Tech at 4 p.m.

DOUBLES RECAP

No. 1 — Meg Dolde/Morgan Fitzpatrick (HU) def. Emily Mast/Dayana Ortega (GC) 7–6 (7–3)

No. 2 — Carrie Copeland/Armstrong (GC) def. Charlotte Solli/Lanae Singleton (HU) 6–2

No. 3 — Morgan Mast/Gretchen Adams (GC) def. McKenzie Logan/Molly Burton (HU) 6–4

SINGLES RECAP

No. 1 — E. Mast (GC) def. Dolde (HU) 3–6, 7–5, 6–2

No. 2 — Solli (HU) def. Copeland (GC) 7–6 (7–4), 6–3

No. 3 — Ortega (GC) def. Singleton (HU) 6–2, 6–3

No. 4 — Armstrong (GC) def. Fitzpatrick (HU) 6–4, 6–4

No. 5 — M. Mast (GC) def. Lisa Colling (HU) 2–6, 7–6 (7–3), 7–6 (9–7)

No. 6 — Shelby Bankson (GC) def. Burton (HU) 6–2, 6–1

MEN’S TENNIS

After being blanked by the Foresters last year, Grace College returned a favor Wednesday afternoon by handing the HU men’s tennis team a 7–0 loss at Miller Field Tennis Courts. The loss drops Eckert’s crew to 1–3 on the year, 1–2 in league play.

The loss snaps a four-game win streak the Foresters held over GC.

The Foresters will look to regroup by Saturday when they host Saint Francis at 10 a.m. and Indiana Tech at 4 p.m.

DOUBLES RECAP

No. 1 — Pavle Popovic/Milan Savic (GC) def. Rodrigo Manzo/Mateo Ameller (HU) 7–5

No. 2 — Max Rozas/Fabricio Galvan (GC) def. Illia Turaba/Diego Tapia (HU) 6–4

No. 3 — Mauricio Corty/Ramiro Candia (GC) def. Sebastian Salas/Niko Rongos (HU) 6–2

SINGLES RECAP

No. 1 — Rozas (GC) def. Manzo (HU) 6–1, 6–1

No. 2 — Popovic (GC) def. Ameller (HU) 6–4, 6–2

No. 3 — Galvan (GC) def. Tapia (HU) 6–4, 6–2

No. 4 — Candia (GC) def. Salas (HU) 6–2, 6–2

No. 5 — Savic (GC) def. Brody Worl (HU) 6–0, 6–1

No. 6 — Corty (GC) def. Ethan Hyde (HU) 6–1, 6–1