Panthers cruise past Florida for 10th straight victory

Mo Huynh gets ready to receive serve

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team won its 10 straight overall match Thursday evening, defeating Florida College in non-conference play, 3-0.

The Panthers (21-5) have won six consecutive outings by a count of 3-0, while dropping just a total of three sets during the 10-match winning streak. The loss is only Florida's fifth of the season and marks just the second time this fall the Falcons (18-5) have fallen in three sets.

Senior Kristin Goben (Finchville, Ky.) and junior Margo Main (Ann Arbor, Mich.) tied for the team high with nine kills apiece. Goben also hit a team best .533, while adding all four of her blocks in the second set. Main did most of her offensive damage in the second frame, where she posted four kills.

Defensively, senior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the team with 16 digs, her highest total in the past five contests. Overall, Hanover had six different players log at least five digs Thursday evening.

Junior Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) registered four of her team high five blocks in the second set, as the Blue and Red held a 9-4 edge in total rejections. Senior Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) pitched in with three blocks.

A mid-set 8-0 run sparked the Panthers in the opening frame, giving them an 18-9 advantage. Hanover comfortably led throughout the remainder of the opening set, winning 25-17.

In an evenly played second set, it was the Falcons that gained the advantage late, leading 22-20. The Panthers however, rallied to score the final five points, securing the frame, 25-22. The late scoring spurt was highlighted by back-to-back blocks, which included Dennis on both rejections.

After conceding the opening point of the third set, the Blue and Red rattled off 11 straight points to take its first double digit lead of the night. Florida could only close the gap to as little as eight points, as HC held on for a 25-16 victory.

Hanover will cap off a busy week of play, which featured six games in seven days, by traveling to face Rose-Hulman at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21.

Contact: Tyler Jester