GREENWOOD, Ind. – Four players were named to the first team to highlight all-conference accolades for the Hanover volleyball team Wednesday afternoon.
The Panthers (26-5), who won the HCAC regular season title for the third consecutive year by going 9-0, received the most first team honors of any institutions. Head coach Peter Preocanin was also named Coach of the Year for the third straight year.
In his 19th season at the helm, Preocanin's 2017 team has its fewest total losses since he took over. After going undefeated in conference play again this fall, the Blue and Red have now won 27 consecutive HCAC regular season matches. Preocanin also recorded his 300th career victory during a 3-0 decision against Blackburn (Ill.) on Nov. 16.
Earning recognition from the conference for the fourth straight year is senior Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.). Crawford, the 2015 HCAC Most Valuable Player, leads the team in hitting percentage at .309. The senior is also among the top 10 Division III active players in career hitting percentage (.339) and blocks per set (0.93).
Joining Crawford on the HCAC first team and the front line defense is junior Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.). Dennis leads the conference in blocks per set, 1.38, and has recorded at least five total blocks in 10 matches this season. Dennis and Crawford lead a Panther defense that is ranked third in NCAA Division III in blocks per set, 2.24. The junior is receiving her second straight first team honor from the HCAC.
Also garnering all-conference honors are senior Kristin Goben (Finchville, Ky.) and junior Margo Main (Ann Arbor, Mich.). The tandem lead a balanced offensive attack for HC, as they have combined for close to five kills per set. Goben is averaging a team-high 2.58 kills per set, while adding 0.84 blocks per set, including 1.06 during conference play. Main, who has paced the Panthers most of the season in kills, is averaging 2.48 per set.
Emily Diehr (Greenfield, Ind.) was one of just six players to be named to the HCAC All-Freshman squad. In 20 matches played, Diehr has averaged 1.63 kills per set, while posting a .397 hitting percentage.
Garnering Hanover's all-sportsmanship selection was senior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.). Huynh, who was named HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, has a team-high 548 digs this season, including 50 during the two conference tournament matches.
The Panthers won their second HCAC Tournament championship in program history last weekend and will continue their season in the NCAA National Tournament Thursday, Nov. 9. Hanover will face Berry (Ga.) at 3 p.m. in the opening round of the eight-team regional event, hosted by Emory (Ga.).
Contact: Tyler Jester