TIFFIN, Ohio – The Hanover volleyball team suffered a pair of 3-1 losses to Case Western Reserve (Ohio) and Heidelberg (Ohio) during the final day of the No One Fights Alone Invitational.
The Panthers opened the day by dropping a four-setter to CWRU, 25-13, 25-23, 17-25, 25-14. The host Student Princes then handed HC its second loss of the day by a count of 25-18, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16. With the losses, Hanover falls to 7-7 on the season.
Leading the offense Saturday was junior Madie Snyder (Boonville, Ind.), who had 18 kills, including 11 against CWRU. The junior also had all three of her assisted blocks in the nightcap versus Heidelberg.
Maddie Edwards (Jasper, Ind.) was one of five additional Panther players to have double-digit kills Saturday, as the freshman posted nine of her 15 in the opening match. Classmate Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) added 14 kills, while also pacing the Panthers in assists with 44.
Defensively, sophomore Blaise Chaney (Mason, Ohio) recorded a team-high eight total blocks, while senior Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) added seven. Chaney and Dennis finished with 14 and 11 kills, respectively. Junior Ally Williams (FOuntaintown, Ind.) and sophomore Amber Miller (Louisville, Ky.) combined for 93 digs over eight sets, with Williams leading the team with 59.
Senior Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) finished Saturday with 10 kills, 32 assists and 18 digs. Crump was named to the all-tournament team after adding three kills, 13 assists and eight digs in a 3-1 win over Wooster (Ohio) Friday night.
MATCH ONE (vs. CASE WESTERN RESERVE)
Hanover struggled offensively for most of the match, but did show some promise in the third set, where the team hit .302 collectively. With the offensive momentum, HC jumped out to a 10-3 edge in the set. The lead ballooned to nine points, 14-5, after a Ketcham kill and HC would force a fourth set after a 25-17 decision.
The Panthers though, fell victim to a slow start, just as they did in the opening set, falling 25-14. The Blue and Red did have a chance to take the second set, rallying from a 6-0 CRWU run midway through the frame. Hanover trailed 16-10 after the spurt but pulled within one point late, 24-23. The Spartans though, grabbed the final set point on a HC attacking error.
Sophomore Haley Stults (Bloomington, Ind.) had all nine of her kills in the opening match. Stults now has two games with seven-plus kills in the last four contests.
MATCH TWO (vs. HEIDELBERG)
Despite outgaining the Student Princes 10-4 in total team blocks, Hanover was unable to take advantage on the final scoreboard, recording nearly 40 total errors over four sets.
The first set was tightly contested early, as the two sides were deadlocked at 14-all. The BERG though, ripped off 11 of the next 15 points to take the frame, 25-18.
Just as they did in the opening match, Hanover used a 10-3 scoring spurt in the second set to engineer a 25-21 decision. The Panthers, who scored the first four points in the set, never trailed in the second stanza.
Scoring runs near the midway point of the third and fourth sets by the Student Princes proved costly for HC, as the Panthers fell 25-22 and 25-16, respectively.
Hanover will now turn its attention to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, as the team travels to face Bluffton at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29. The Panthers and Beavers will renew their rivalry in the conference opener, as the two sides have met in each of the past five HCAC Tournaments.
Contact: Tyler Jester