HUNTINGTON, Ind. – For the second-straight match and the second time in three days, the Goshen College volleyball team won a five-set thriller in Crossroads League play. This time, host Huntington University was on the short end as the Maple Leafs outlasted them 25-18, 18-25, 23-25, 25-15, 18-16 Friday night.
"Huntington is a lot better than their record shows," head coach Jim Routhier said. "They have good hitters and good blockers. It is always a concern after a big win of having a let down. We had some hitting and serving errors that kept us on the short side of the score."
In winning in five, Goshen also needed to overcome a 2-1 deficit for the second time in as many matches. The Leafs hit a sparkling .341 in the opening set, but then less than 10% in the next two to fall behind.
They rebounded with 13 kills and just three errors (.417) for a 25-15 win in the fourth to set up the decisive fifth set. They had just three kills in that set, but forced nine Forester hitting errors to finish off the match.
Senior Hannah Grieser continued her strong play of late, posting a match-high 17 kills, the first time in her career she has registered double-digits in three-straight matches. The sophomore trio of Melanie Meyer (12), Sam Heberling (12), and Jaime Stack (11) each tallied more than 10 kills.
Junior Stacy Wyse racked up 54 assists, her third-straight match and fourth in the last five with more than 50, while sophomore Missy Mackowiak had a team-high 22 digs.
"Stacy did a great job of handling some bad passes and making a hittable set out of it," Routhier added. "Missy was her stellar self as usual. She made some great digs since our block was not working well. It was a good win and we are ready to take on Grace tomorrow."
Abby Keister led Huntington with 13 kills, while Katie Bowers racked up 30 digs. Goshen had a season-high 15 blocks, including six from junior Emily Waits.
The Maple Leafs (10-15, 5-8 CL) are back in action when they host Grace College tomorrow at 3 p.m.