Foresters eke out win over Grace

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Grace’s volleyball team was unable to complete a perfect week after losing 3-2 at Huntington on Saturday.

The Lady Lancers, fresh off wins over No. 18 St. Francis and Taylor, let an early lead slip away to lose on the road to the Foresters (9-16, 5-8 Crossroads League).

Grace started the match well in the opening set. The Lady Lancers (17-8, 9-4 CL) jumped out to a 15-6 lead and coasted to a 25-19 win.

The second set seemed to be headed Grace’s direction as well. A kill from Makaela Lochmueller put the Lady Lancers ahead 24-21. But the Foresters incredibly held off three set points to force extra points, and Huntington pulled away for a 28-26 win.

The third set was hotly contested with 22 ties in that game alone. Grace held a slight 20-19 lead, but Huntington ended on a 6-3 run to win by two again.

Grace was dominant in the fourth to force a tiebreaker. The Lady Lancers scored nine unanswered points, thanks to four aces by Kelsee Zuidema, to win 25-13.

Midway into the tiebreaking fifth set, Huntington ripped off four straight points to seize momentum. The Lady Lancers were unable to counter and fell 15-10 to end the match.

Alexa Hill directed a high-octane offense with 55 assists, 14 digs and 2 block assists. Grace hit 57 kills on a .230 percentage compared to 59 kills at a .134 clip for Huntington.

Caylie Teel produced a double-double with 18 kills and 12 digs, and Lochmueller had a career-high 14 kills on a .520 percentage.

Zuidema had 13 kills, 4 aces and 5 digs, Gina Novotny tallied 15 digs, and Caroline Mayer added 13 digs.

The Lady Lancers take a break from league play next week, playing a tournament at Cornerstone University.