Volleyball opens No One Fights Alone Invite with 3-1 win over Wooster

Claire Dennis

TIFFIN, Ohio – An overall balanced performance Friday evening helped guide the Hanover volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over Wooster (Ohio) at the No One Fights Alone Invitational, hosted by Heidelberg (Ohio).

The Panthers, who appeared just once on the opening night of the invite, won their second straight match to improve to 7-5 overall. The Fighting Scots dropped two Friday, falling to 10-5 on the season.

Hanover hit .232 as a team, including a pair of frames over .300. The Blue and Red had three players log at least three kills with a .400 hitting percentage or better. Highlighting the Panther offensive attack was sophomore Blaise Chaney (Mason, Ohio), who tied for the team high in kills, 10, while hitting .421 over four sets. Freshman Maddie Edwards (Jasper, Ind.) also tallied 10 kills.

Hanover received a pair of strong all-around efforts from senior Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) and freshman Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.). Dennis recorded a team-best .500 hitting percentage, as well as 10 digs, seven kills, six assists and five total blocks. Ketcham, who entered the weekend as the nation's leader in triple-doubles, stuffed the stat sheet with a team-high 25 assists, nine digs and eight kills.

Along the back row, senior Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.), junior Ally Williams (Fountaintown, Ind.) and sophomore Amber Miller (Louisville, Ky.) gave HC five players with at least eight digs. Williams paced the Panthers with 28 digs, while Miller and Crump added 10 and nine, respectively. Crump also pitched in 13 assists.

Junior Madie Snyder (Boonville, Ind.) was the fifth Panther with at least seven kills, while also recording three total blocks, all assisted. Freshman Emma Rolf (Lebanon, Ind.) also had multiple blocks Friday.

Hanover's best offensive set Friday came in the opening frame, where the Panthers hit .375 as a collective unit. An early 5-1 run put HC in front by four, 9-5, as the spurt had the Blue and Red in the lead for the remainder of the set. The Panthers then scored five of the final six points, highlighted by two Snyder kills, to win 25-21.

After dropping the second set, 25-18, the Panthers regrouped offensively to hit .320 in the third frame. Hanover, again, led early and a 7-1 run midway through the frame, which included a pair of Dennis rejections, put the team in front 19-11. After a brief Wooster run, HC capped the set with six of the final seven points, winning 25-15.

In what would be the final set of the match, Hanover found itself down 24-20. The Panthers though, took advantage of four Fighting Scot errors, as well as a kill from Dennis and an assisted block by the senior and Ketcham to tally the final six points, ending the match with a 26-24 decision.

The Blue and Red, who are in the final weekend of non-conference play before the start of HCAC action next week, will close out the No One Fights Alone Invitational against Case Western Reserve (Ohio) and Heidelberg Saturday, Sept. 22. Hanover faces the Spartans at 10 a.m. before facing the host Student Princes in a 2 p.m. match.

Contact: Tyler Jester