Volleyball wraps up busy stretch with two of three at home

Ally Williams serving

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team will cap off a busy stretch with three matches this week, including two at home.

Hanover, who is coming off a two-game sweep of Blackburn (Ill.) and Spalding (Ky.) Monday evening, will turn around and play three more matches in a four-day stretch. After this weekend's contest at Rose-Hulman, the Panthers will have played six times in seven days.

The Panthers will first host Earlham at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18, followed by another home contest with Florida College at 7 p.m. the following night. Rose-Hulman will then welcome HC for a 2 p.m. match Saturday, Oct. 21.

Junior Margo Main (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was named HCAC Offensive Player of the Week for her performance in a pair of 3-0 conference victories a week ago, and her encore performance Monday did not disappoint, as she posted 19 total kills, including 14 against Blackburn. For the season, Main has a team high 219 kills, while also enjoying a .276 hitting percentage.

With a .307 hitting percentage, senior Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) is ranked second in the HCAC. The senior is also seventh among active NCAA Division III players in career hitting percentage, .340.

Junior Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) has been a force at the net in conference play, where she is averaging 2.06 kills and 1.47 blocks per set. Dennis has made five or more blocks in three of the five HCAC contests this season.

Earlham enters Wednesday's meeting with a 2-3 conference record, to go along with a 14-9 overall mark. Despite the strong overall season, the Quakers have lost four of their last five. Hanover has won every match against EC since the Quakers entered the HCAC in 2010, including six straight 3-0 victories.

Florida College will travel to Hanover with an 18-4 record, and prior to a loss in their last contest, the Falcons had won 13 straight.

Rose-Hulman currently poses the biggest threat to snapping HC's 23-match winning streak in conference regular season play, as the Fightin' Engineers are second in the HCAC standings at 4-1. Rose-Hulman, who is 16-10 overall, has won three of its last four overall, with the only loss coming to nationally ranked Ohio Northern. The Panthers and Engineers met twice last season, as HC won the regular season conference contest, while RHIT won a non-conference meeting.

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