DELAWARE, Ohio – The Hanover volleyball team concluded play at the Bishop Invitational Saturday afternoon, splitting a pair of matches with Trine (Ind.) and Grove City (Pa.).
The Panthers (6-5) dropped a five-setter to Trine in the opening match, 11-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-18, 15-13. Hanover responded though, defeating Grove City in three sets, 25-15, 25-15, 25-13.
For her efforts during the entire event, sophomore Blaise Chaney (Mason, Ohio) was Hanover's pick for the all-tournament team. Chaney tallied 24 kills and eight blocks over three matches, while hitting .286.
The sophomore recorded 14 kills and six assisted blocks during Saturday's play, with nine of her kills coming against the Thunder. Freshman Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) paced the Panthers with 18 kills over two matches, while also adding 34 assists and 10 digs.
Senior Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) notched a team-best 36 assists, with 21 helpers coming versus Trine. Defensively, junior Ally Williams (Fountaintown, Ind.) and sophomore Amber Miller (Louisville, Ky.) combined for 45 digs. Williams posted a team-high 23 digs over eight sets.
MATCH ONE (vs. TRINE)
Hanover's third five-set loss of the season started with an opening frame victory, 25-11. The Panthers' 5-0 run highlighted by three service aces from Emma Rolf (Lebanon, Ind.) put them in front 8-2. A Ketcham kill put HC in front by 10 points, 17-7, and another Ketcham kill capped the set.
The Blue and Red led early in the second set but Trine was able to rally to tie it up at eight-all. The Panthers and Thunder traded rallies throughout but Trine notched six of the last eight points to take the set, 25-21.
As they did in the opening two frames, HC once again jumped out to an early advantage in the third set, 8-3. The run to open the set gave the Blue and Red enough cushion to comfortably lead throughout, as a Dennis ace secured a 25-20 decision and a 2-1 match lead.
After Trine took the fourth set, the Panthers led at the switchover in the fifth frame, 8-6. With the decisive set and match on the line, Trine tallied the final two points to win 15-13.
MATCH TWO (vs. GROVE CITY)
Riding a four-match losing streak, Hanover let out its frustrations in a straight-set victory over Grove City. The Panthers hit a season-high .300, marking its first .300 hitting effort of 2018.
The Blue and Red hit .455 in the opening set as they cruised to a 25-15 triumph. Hanover used a 5-0 scoring spurt to go in front 10-4. Highlighting the run were two aces from Williams and two kills by Dennis. The Panthers eventually extended its advantage in the set to double-digits late.
Taking advantage of four attacking errors by the Wolverines, HC led the second set 6-0. An ace from sophomore Haley Stults (Bloomington, Ind.) put the Panthers up 10-2. Ketcham gave HC its largest lead of the set, 12 points, at 17-5.
In the final frame, Hanover scored 11 of the first 13 points, highlighted by back-to-back blocks, both of which sophomore Emily Diehr (Greenfield, Ind.) was involved in. Diehr later added a kill to put HC in front by double-digits, 14-4, as the Panthers cruised to a 25-13 decision.
Hanover will head back to Ohio next weekend for three matches at Heidelberg. The Berg's invitational will see the Panthers open play at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21, against Wooster (Ohio).
Contact: Tyler Jester