Foresters win senior night

Huntington University senior volleyball player Jennings Tacosik makes contact with the ball during play against Spring Arbor University on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Huntington University senior volleyball player Jennings Tacosik makes contact with the ball during play against Spring Arbor University on Saturday, Nov. 7. Photo by Katelynn Farley.

The Huntington University volleyball team wrapped up its season on a high note by polishing off Spring Arbor (5-8, 5-8) in five, 25-15, 19-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-13, at Platt Arena on Saturday, Nov. 7.

“I am thankful for the beautiful ending this team wrote today in our season’s story,” said Coach Kelsey Herber. “Each player, coach and manager brought passion and energy to this match that made it a blast for fans to watch.”

Senior day couldn’t have been scripted any better for HU’s six veterans who ended their playing careers with a W. It also seemed fitting that their contributions headlined the evening. Brea Metz erupted for a career-best 19 kills including the kill that ended the match. She took 37 swings on her banner night for a hitting percentage of .405.

Brandy Michie also finished in double-digits with 10 kills. HU’s four-year starting setter Jennings Tacosik posted big numbers in her last match by collecting a season-high 51 assists, 12 digs, a career-tying six aces and 1.5 blocks.

Herber’s other three seniors anchored the backline behind Ariene Butler who racked up 34 digs. The senior libero currently sits 14th nationally in total digs with 299. Josephine Rammel and Nicole Flickinger each picked up nine digs. Additionally, Rammel tallied four aces. Together she and Tacosik accounted for 10 of their team’s season-best 14 aces.

The seniors weren’t the only ones to offer up impressive numbers for Herber’s squad. Freshman Abby Robinson recorded 10 kills while Tya Bynum chipped in nine. Bynum’s net-play defensively was also notable. The sophomore middle patrolled the net for a career-tying 3.5 blocks.

As a team, the Foresters finished with 10 blocks, the second time this season they’ve logged double-digit blocks. Offensively, Huntington piled up 55 kills, which proves their fifth 50+ kill outing. Saturday also marked HU’s first five-set win of the year.

“This one was for our seniors,” said Herber. “Their work ethic and leadership have made an impact on this program that we will forever by grateful for.

“Coaching them has been an honor. It breaks my heart that their time on the court has come to an end, but I am eager to see how they will impact our world for Christ in this next stage of their lives.”

Huntington wraps up the year with an overall record of 3-14, which includes a 3-13 CL record.