GOSHEN, Ind. – Visiting Huntington University made the big plays when needed, earning its first Crossroads League victory of the season, 27-25, 20-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13 over the Goshen College volleyball team Friday night.
The trio of Brittany Roze (13), Abbey Keister (12), and Heather Medich (11) were all in double figures in kills, while Jensen Carnahan posted a match-high 41 assists for the Foresters.
"Friday's match was a disaster," head coach Jim Routhier said. "We tried all kinds of lineups to make up for being with Sam. It is not an excuse, it was just hard to find something that worked. Nothing did."
Sophomore Melanie Meyer led Goshen with 14 kills, Jaime Stack added 10, while Missy Mackowiak and Karina Rohrer-Meck each had 19 digs. The Maple Leafs hit just 9% on the evening with 36 hitting errors.
"We had too many mental and execution mistakes," Routhier added. "The only way to go from here is up."
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Goshen College volleyball team dropped its second match in less than 24 hours as they fell to host Grace 23-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-19 in Crossroads League action on Saturday.
The Maple Leafs opened the match with a strong 25-23 win in the opening set, but the Lancers - receiving votes in the NAIA national poll - quickly responded by sweeping the next three.
We played well," Routhier said. "Megan started in Sam's place and did a real respectable job. Hannah really picked up her game on the right side."
Senior Hannah Grieser led Goshen with 11 kills on just 26 swings (.346 hitting), while Melanie Meyer had nine kills, Stacy Wyse 34 assists, and four Maple Leafs were in double figures in digs.
For Grace, Stephanie Bolt led three Lancers in double digits with 12 kills leaving setter Christina LeBlanc with 39 assists.
Missed serves (nine) really hurt us," the fourth-year head coach added. "We shifted the defense a bit and it helped. "I am pleased with the effort. It was a big improvement over Friday night's match."
Goshen (5-10, 1-5 CL) continues league play on Tuesday when they host Mount Vernon Nazarene University.