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September 5, 2017 Sports

The HU volleyball team is spending part of their Labor Day weekend at one of the best tournaments in the country, the Columbia College Hampton Inn Invitational, and while they went 0-2 on day one, Coach Shondell’s crew made it clear they can go toe-to-toe with anyone.

Despite getting a late start because of bus troubles, spending more than seven hours on the road and arriving just 20 minutes before their first match, the Foresters still managed to give #12 Missouri Baptist University all they could handle before falling to the Spartans in five, 25-21, 22-25, 17-25, 25-20, 15-10.

It was a performance Shondell was quick to praise his team for. “As aggressive and relentless as they were, we were just as aggressive.”

After dropping set one, Huntington stormed back to take control of the match by winning the next two which included never trailing in the second set. It had all the makings of an upset but the Spartans proved why they are one of the best in the business by regrouping to claim the next two sets for the comeback victory.

Most impressive about HU’s play was their defense at the net. Huntington finished with 13 blocks to MBU’s four. Josie Beaver and Lauren Cresse each posted 4.5 blocks – both registering more individually than the Spartans combined.

HU also outplayed Missouri Baptist behind the line by committing just seven service errors to the Spartans’ 15.

“Our serving and blocking were the reason we hung around in the match,” said Shondell. “It was one of the more impressive blocking displays I’ve seen in my time here.”

Beaver also paced her team offensively by logging 11 kills and a .304 hitting percentage. The senior middle came into the tourney ranked 24th in the NAIA in blocks per game (1.19) and 37th in hitting percentage (.326).

Tailor Schultheis and Danielle Gurwell added nine and eight kills respectively.

“Missouri Baptist is one of the best teams in America, and they look the part,” said Shondell.

The Foresters took a short break before facing an even higher ranked team in #3 Park University. Unfortunately, the long day seemed to take its toll as Shondell’s squad suffered its first sweep of the year, 25-16, 25-15, 25-14.

“Without beating around the bush, we used most of our tank in the opening match not leaving much for the second,” Shondell said. “And when the second is against the third best team in the country, that’s a bad combination.”

Park boasts a potent offensive attack that’s fueled by Nada Meawad – the nation’s top hitter at 5.1 kills per set. HU didn’t have an answer for the 6-0 freshman as she finished with 14 kills at a hitting accuracy of .458. As a team, the Pirates outhit HU 48-25 with Schultheis topping Huntington with eight kills.

“They’ve got one of the best outside hitters in the nation and she earned her stripes,” said Shondell of Meawad’s play.

The Foresters didn’t miss a serve and blocks were a wash as each team recorded six.

Breanna Levings finished with a team-best 28 assists on the day while Kate Cobb took top honors in digs for both games to finish with 27 total.

It doesn’t get any easy for the Foresters (5-4) as they open up Saturday morning against host #8 Columbia College before taking on Friends University a few hours later.

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Campus Ministries


21 Sep 2017 | Posted By: Layla bb Solms || Campus Ministries

Dear HU Students: At Huntington University we are committed to helping each of our students grow in Christian spiritual vitality. Students are the best source for helping us to assess how we’re doing. I am writing to ask for your help in better understanding how you feel about Huntington University …


20 Sep 2017 | Posted By: Layla bb Solms || Campus Ministries

INDICATE YOUR TOP 3 choices for small groups: Thursday after the Chapel service we will have selection papers with descriptions of each small group. Here’s a brief listing to get you thinking! REV. ARTHUR WILSON: Glory Days by Max Lucado DARYL SINGLETON: Becoming A Leader by Myles Munroe ANNA-KAY LEVY: …


20 Sep 2017 | Posted By: Norris Friesen

Huntington University will be hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Wednesday, September 20, from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm in the Habecker Dining Commons, upper level. Please consider donating to help areas that have been devastated by hurricanes in Texas and Florida.


FDN News: LIVE tonight!

21 Sep 2017 | Posted By: Adam Widener

HU’s very own student-newscast airs its first episode tonight at 5! Tune in LIVE or check it out later: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO5Enfretb0 Have a story idea you want us to cover? Email FDN News producer Bray Snyder at snyderb@huntington.edu.

Walk into My Future Event Needs Student Volunteers!

21 Sep 2017 | Posted By: Tyanne Bailey

Friday, September 29th, HU will be flooded with Kindergarten & 1st graders for an event called “Walk into My Future”! They will be on campus from 10am-1pm and we could really use your help from 11:45-12:30! We need students willing to lead groups of about 15 students and their teacher …

Student Deals at Champs Academy!

21 Sep 2017 | Posted By: Champs Academy

If you’re looking for a place off-campus to relieve some stress by working out or getting a massage, Champs Academy has just what you need! We have student packages ranging from $15-$25, which cover everything from an open gym membership to getting a special deal on massages from The Serenity …

Student Activities


21 Sep 2017 | Posted By: SGA

ACOC is TOMORROW! For those who don’t know what ACOC is, it is a retreat for students to rest and rejuvenate and connect with other students and faculty and staff members. Signs-ups are still happening in the DC today and tomorrow during lunch and dinner. We leave at 6 pm …

Rooted – First Episode of the semester

21 Sep 2017 | Posted By: Forester Radio

Tomorrow #RootedThursdays starts up again! We are so excited for this episode! If you are an artist trying to figure out where to begin this is the episode for you! The episode will be airing on Forester Radio 105.5 if you are not in Huntington but still want to listen …

Forester Village/ Commuters Powderpuff

21 Sep 2017 | Posted By: Michelle Kelsey

Ladies who would like to participate in powderpuff please come to our first practice TODAY (9/21) on the Quad at 7:00pm. We are also seeking coaches! Guys, we need your football expertise!! See you today!



21 Sep 2017 | Posted By: David E Alexander

Join us on Thursday, Sept 28th at 7pm in Zurcher for the first Forester Lecture of the year. The lecture “The Justice of Hell” will be delivered by Dr. James Bruce of John Brown University. For more information about our speaker go to: https://www.jbu.edu/majors/philosophy/faculty/?id=3739

The Christians opens tonight!

21 Sep 2017 | Posted By: Theatre Department

Another review is in! “Dope” states Dr. David Alexander, after viewing rehearsal. “The Christians” by Lucas Hnath runs September 21, 22 and 26 at 7:30PM and Sepember 23 at 2:00PM & 7:30PM in Zurcher auditorium. Please encourage your students to attend. Elective chapel credit is being offered for attendance. Join …

Alpha Chi Induction Ceremony

20 Sep 2017 | Posted By: Alpha Chi

The following students have achieved the highest academic honor on campus of being elected to the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, and will each be introduced in an Induction Ceremony at 11:11 am on Friday, Sept. 22, in the Longaker Recital Hall of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. …



21 Sep 2017 | Posted By: Layla bb Solms || Campus Ministries

SELECT your top 3 choices for Small Groups. We begin October 6. Return your sign-up sheet to Campus Ministries by Wednesday, September 27 @ 4:30 PM.

Student Rates for Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival This Weekend

21 Sep 2017 | Posted By: Tina Bobilya, Huntington County Visitor Bureau

Show your student ID this weekend at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival for a discounted admission rate of only $1. The event is this weekend, September 23rd and 24 at Hier’s Park in Huntington (547 S Briant St, Huntington). Come out for your favorite festival foods like kettle …

Movie Ticket Giveaway

21 Sep 2017 | Posted By: Forester Radio

What you need to do: 1. Listen to Rooted @ 7 PM on Forester Radio 105.5 on the radio or on the Tunein app 2. Come to the HUB between 7:30-8:30PM find the Forester Radio team and show them you subscribed to Rooted on ITunes or Soundcloud for 2 tickets …