Panthers defeat Berea, fall to Centre during home invitational

Claire Dennis

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team split a pair of matches at its home invitational Saturday, defeating Berea (Ky.) in three sets before falling in five to Centre (Ky.).

The Panthers (5-2) were led on the day by senior Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.), who tallied a team-high 17 kills, .378 hitting percentage and six blocks. Dennis posted 10 kills and four total blocks in the five-setter against Centre. The senior also hit .778 versus Berea.

Freshman Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) added 17 kills over eight sets, seven in the opener and 10 in the night cap. Ketcham also logged her fourth triple-double of the season with 10 kills, 21 assists and 14 digs versus Centre.

Four Panthers also finished the day with double-digit kills, including freshman Maddie Edwards (). Edwards logged a team-high nine kills in the win over Berea, hitting .412.

Senior Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) had 32 assists on the day, including 19 against Centre. Defensively, junior Ally Williams (Fountaintown, Ind.) recorded four digs per set, totaling 32 on the day. Williams had 19 digs in the five-set night cap.

MATCH ONE (vs. BEREA)

Hanover was able to open the day with what was the team's fifth straight win and second consecutive 3-0 decision. The Panthers won 25-17, 25-8, 25-11.

In the first set, Berea led early, 6-2, and had even extended the advantage to five points later on, 11-6. Hanover though, rallied with nine straight points to lead 15-11. Junior Madie Snyder () highlighted the run with all three of her kills in the match. The Blue and Red never trailed from that point on, cruising to a first-set win.

In the second set, HC trailed just once, 4-3, as a 13-1 spurt during the frame put them up 17-5. Freshman Emma Rolf () recorded three service aces during the run, as she finished the match with seven aces. A Ketcham kill would conclude the set at 25-8.

The Panthers were never behind on the scoreboard in the final set, as they scored the opening five points. Hanover then closed the set with 11 of the final 13 points, capped with back-to-back aces from Rolf.

MATCH TWO (vs. CENTRE)

In HC's second five-set match of the season, the Panthers led 2-1 before ultimately falling 3-2 (25-12, 20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 9-15). Hanover's only two losses in 2018 have come in five sets.

Just as they finished the Berea match, trailing once over the final two frames, the Panthers never trailed in the opening set against Centre. A 10-2 scoring spurt to start the match was ignited by two Edwards aces and two Carlie Burson () kills. A 5-0 run pushed the lead to double-digits for the first time, 15-5, and the Blue and Red led by double figures for most of the remainder of the set.

Hanover and Centre were tied at 14-all in the second set but the Colonels took advantage of a pair of HC miscues during a 6-2 scoring run. Centre did not allow Hanover to get closer than three points late in the set, winning 25-20.

As was the theme all day, the Panthers jumped out to an early set advantage in frame No. 3, scoring eight of the first 10 points. After Centre was able to pull within one point, 10-9, HC extended its lead to six on three occasions, including the final tally, 25-19.

After conceding a close, 25-22 fourth frame, the Panthers led 5-2 in the fifth and decisive set. Centre though, after calling a timeout, scored five straight points out the break to go up 7-5. The Colonels never relinquished the lead from there on out, winning 15-9.

Hanover will return to action during a mid-week road trip to Thomas More (Ky.). The Panthers and Saints are slated for a 7 p.m. start Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu