Pair of week-ending home matches highlights trio of contests for volleyball

Ally Williams

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover volleyball team is looking to capture a trio of victories this week, which includes two appearances inside Collier Arena.

The Panthers will begin their week with an interconference bout at Earlham beginning at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17. They will then host a match against DePauw at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, before rounding out their slate with a contest against Rose-Hulman at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20.

CLAIRE CONTROLLING NET: Senior Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) has been a dominating force at the net all year, leading the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with 1.23 blocks per set. She has some of the best ranks in the nation in the category along with total blocks; her 101 blocks rank second in the nation, while her blocks per set clip is eighth-best in NCAA Division III. Her last two performances have been specifically proficient, with seven stuffs against Millsaps (Miss.) and nine rejections against Kentucky Christian.

NO DIGGITY: Junior Ally Williams (Fountaintown, Ind.) is a key cog this year, having posted 439 total digs this season, which is second on the conference leaderboards and 32nd in the nation. In 22 matches this year, Williams only has one outing in which she did not post double digits in the column. Her average of 5.39 digs per set is also among the league's best, as it slots top-three in the HCAC. Against Kentucky Christian and Millsaps, Williams notched 12 and 17 digs, respectively.

KETCHAM CONTINUES TEAR: Freshman Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) has been sensational through her first collegiate season, posting a nation-leading seven triple-doubles in her first 21 matches. As it currently stands, Ketcham has a team-leading 199 kills, while sitting third-best in assists and digs for the Blue and Red. Her seventh triple-double of the year came against Mount St. Joseph on Oct. 10, as she had 11 kills, 19 assists and 13 digs for the match.

SCOUTING EARLHAM: The Earlham Quakers have accumulated a 16-10 overall record this year with a 3-2 mark in league play. This past weekend, Earlham had wins over St. Mary's (Ind.) and Mount St. Joseph, opponents that the Panthers fell to in five and four sets, respectively. However, Hanover has at least eight consecutive victories over the Quakers dating back to 2010 and have won in straight sets since 2011.

SCOUTING DEPAUW: The DePauw Tigers are 12-7 on the year with an upcoming matchup at Wittenberg before traveling to Collier Arena. DePauw is on an eight-game winning streak, encompassing three home wins over HCAC foes. Hanover has won two of its last three against the Tigers, including a 3-2 triumph in Greencastle, Ind. last year.

SCOUTING ROSE-HULMAN: The Rose-Hulman Fighting Engineers sit at 14-10 right now with a 4-1 HCAC record, but will play Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday, Oct. 17, before trekking to Hanover. The Fighting Engineers have amassed a 5-0 record at home, but have been a more susceptible road team, going 2-3 in true road matches. This may play to the Panthers' advantage, as they've beaten Rose-Hulman in four of their last five including a 3-0 win in the 2017 HCAC Tournament Championship, which was held in Collier Arena.

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