Panthers to continue busy stretch with outings against MSJ, Ky. Christian and Millsaps

Team huddle

HANOVER, Ind. – A busy week for the Hanover volleyball team will be highlighted by a mid-week Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest at Mt. St. Joseph.

SCHEDULE: The Panthers (9-10, 1-2 HCAC) have already begun play this week after picking up a 3-0 win at Spalding (Ky.) Monday night. Hanover will now turn its attention to the match at MSJ, which will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10. Following the conference contest, HC will travel to Centre (Ky.) this Saturday, Oct. 13, to compete in neutral site matches against Kentucky Christian and Millsaps (Miss.) at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

RECAPPING SPALDING: Hanover earned its second 3-0 decision against the Golden Eagles, winning by a count of 25-16, 25-17, 25-23. The Panthers hit .300 as a team and were led by senior Claire Dennis' (Bloomington, Ind.) 13.5 total points (9 kills, 9 total blocks). Junior Carlie Burson (New Salisbury, Ind.) returned to the lineup, providing eight kills and three blocks. Freshman Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) also pitched in with eight kills and 13 assists.

KETCHAM LEADING THE NATION: With a pair of triple-doubles last week against Transylvania and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ketcham is now tied for the NCAA Division III lead in the statistical category with six. The freshman is also tied for second nationally in triple-doubles, regardless of NCAA division. For the season, Ketcham is leading the team in kills per set, 2.49, while ranking second on the squad in assists, 4.07, and digs per set, 2.63.

BLOCK PARTY: It has been a block party at the net for Dennis all season long, especially after a nine-rejection effort Monday night at Spalding. The senior is currently leading the HCAC in blocks per set for the second consecutive season, at 1.13, and is also among the top 20 in the country. Dennis is 13 blocks shy of reaching 400 for her career. As a team, Hanover is among the top 15 nationally in blocks per set, leading the conference at 2.14.

DIG THIS: Junior Ally Williams (Fountaintown, Ind.) has been the leader of the back row for the Panthers this fall, tallying 5.30 digs per set. Williams' dig mark is third in the HCAC and is among the national leaders as well. The junior has posted double-digit digs in each of the last eight outings, including a season-high 37 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods last Thursday.

SCOUTING THE COMPETITION: Hanover's lone conference opponent of the week, MSJ, enters Wednesday's match with a 7-11 overall mark, including a 1-2 HCAC record. The Lions have gone five sets in each of their first three HCAC matches, falling to Bluffton and Anderson before coming out on top against Defiance last week. The Panthers have won three straight meetings against MSJ, including a 3-0 triumph last fall.

Saturday will mark Hanover and Kentucky Christian's first ever meeting with one another. The Knights, who are a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), hoist a 9-15 overall record and will face Appalachian Bible College (W. Va.) Tuesday night before trekking to Danville, Ky. this weekend.

Millsaps (Miss.) currently holds a 7-10 overall mark and is 2-7 in Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play. The Majors and Panthers last met in 2010, at the Washington (Mo.) Invitational, which resulted in a 3-1 triumph for Hanover.

Contact: Tyler Jester