Volleyball stays unbeaten with sweep of Spalding (Ky.)

Kelsey Brandvik going up for an attack.

HANOVER, Ind. – Hitting over.300 for the second consecutive match, the Hanover volleyball team stayed unbeaten Tuesday evening with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-12) home victory over Spalding (Ky.).

The Panthers are now 5-0 for the first time in over 10 years, while also winning their fourth straight home opener inside Collier Arena. Spalding drops to 0-3 after the loss.

After posting a hitting percentage of .350 against Wheaton (Ill.) last time out, Hanover hit .325 against the Golden Eagles Tuesday evening. The Blue and Red jumped out to a fast start with a .458 hitting percentage in the opening set.

Three Panthers logged at least five kills in the contest, as senior Kelsey Brandvik (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the team with nine. Brandvik recorded six of her nine kills in the second set and posted an overall hitting percentage of .529.

Junior Margo Main (West Lafayette, Ind.) added six kills, while senior Emily Ertel (North Vernon, Ind.) pitched in with five.

Defensively, Hanover had five players log at least four digs, with junior Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) leading the way with seven. Crump added nine assists as well. Classmate Haley Alexander (Martinsville, Ind.) paced the Panthers in helpers with 17.

In the opening set, Hanover used an 11-2 run to jump out to a 15-6 advantage. During the scoring spurt, HC's balanced offense saw five kills from five different players. The Blue and Red closed out the set comfortably, winning it 25-12.

After not leading during the opening frame, Spalding's first lead of the match came on the opening point of the second set. This however, would be the only advantage for the Golden Eagles in the frame.

With the second set tight early on, the Panthers closed the frame on a 10-1 run, capped by a kill from senior Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.), to go up 2-0.

Looking for its second sweep of the season, Hanover jumped out to an 11-5 edge in the third frame. The Panthers led by as many as 12 on three occasions, until closing out the set and the match with a 13-point gap, 25-12.

Hanover held Spalding to a .000 hitting percentage, marking the second time in five game this season that they were able to hold an opponent under .100.

The Panthers will look to stay unbeaten this weekend, when they host the Hanover Invitational. The Blue and Red are slated to face Centre (Ky.) at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8, to kick off a three-match weekend.

Contact: Tyler Jester