Chaney ties career-high kill total in volleyball's win at Defiance

Blaise Chaney

DEFIANCE, Ohio – Sophomore Blaise Chaney (Mason, Ohio) tied a career high with 11 kills Sunday afternoon, as the Hanover volleyball team defeated conference-rival Defiance on the road, 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-20).

Chaney, who now has four double-digit kill efforts this season, led a balanced offensive attack for the Panthers that featured four players with at least five kills. The sophomore hit .333 over three sets and added three total blocks as well.

Adding to the offense were freshman Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) and sophomore Emily Diehr (Greenfield, Ind.), who each had six kills. Ketcham also added 14 digs and nine assists.

Junior Ally Williams (Fountaintown, Ind.) paced the Panthers (8-8, 1-1 HCAC) in digs with 17, while also adding four helpers. Seniors Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) and Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) provided a combined 21 digs, with Dennis also recording five kills and four total blocks. Crump logged a team-best 19 assists as well.

Behind the efforts of Chaney and Dennis, HC held an 8-2 edge in team blocks over the Yellow Jackets (2-14, 0-2 HCAC). Hanover also enjoyed a 41-32 advantage in kills.

Trailing early in the first set, Hanover used a brief 3-0 run to secure its first lead of the match at 5-4. The back-and-forth affair eventually led to a 20-19 edge for the Blue and Red. Thanks to a kill and block from Chaney, as well as a kill from Diehr, HC led 24-19. Chaney then added another kill to secure the opening set, 25-21.

The second frame saw HC score the first four points, which sparked a 10-3 scoring run. Scoring spurts of four and five straight points from the Yellow Jackets though, had the Panther lead dwindled down to one, 17-16. However, the Blue and Red responded with five of the next six points, capped by a service ace from Ketcham, to lead 22-17. Freshman Maddie Edwards (Jasper, Ind.) would then give HC a commanding 2-0 set lead with a frame-ending kill.

Another early deficit for Hanover was quickly erased in the third set, as a 9-1 run put the Panthers in front 12-7. The big scoring spurt was highlighted by aces from Williams and sophomore Brynn Durecki (Winona Lake, Ind.). The Blue and Red never relinquished the lead from that point on, cruising to a 25-20 set victory and 3-0 match decision.

Up next, Hanover will return home for the first time in nearly a month, as the squad hosts Transylvania at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Contact: Tyler Jester