HANOVER, Ind. – Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) was announced as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's Freshman of the Year to headline the all-league selections for the Hanover College volleyball team Wednesday afternoon.
A total of five Panther players were honored by the HCAC for the 2018 season, including Ketcham, who added first team all-conference and all-freshman team honors with her yearly accolade. Senior Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) joined Ketcham on the first team, while senior Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior Ally Williams (Fountaintown, Ind.) were tabbed to the honorable mention team. Junior Madie Snyder (Boonville, Ind.) was HC's selection for the Christopher M. Ragsdale Sportsmanship award as well.
Ketcham finished the 2018 season with 11 statistical triple-doubles, which led NCAA Division III and ranked second nationally across all three NCAA divisions. The freshman posted five of her triple-doubles against HCAC opponents, including a 14-kill, 11-assist, 15-dig performance against Bluffton in the opening round of the conference tournament. Ketcham's season statistics included a team-high 2.50 kills per set, 4.07 assists per set and 2.80 digs per set. Both of her assist and dig marks were among the top three on the team also.
For the third time in her collegiate career, Dennis was selected as a first team honoree. The senior closed her career with the nation's second most total blocks, 136, while her 1.27 rejections per set were fifth best in Division III. To go along with her blocking, the senior added 1.64 kills per set, good enough for a 2.4 point-per-set average. For her career, Dennis finished with 843.5 points and 442 total blocks.
Both of HC's honorable mention choices, Crump and Williams, earned their first all-conference accolades. Crump paced the Panthers with 4.75 assists per set, which was among the top 10 in the conference. With 513 assists to her name in 2018, the senior added a career-high 54 kills and 227 digs as well. Her dig total fell one shy of tying a career-best mark. During her four years with the Blue and Red, Crump posted 2,201 assists, good enough for 4.81 helpers per set.
Williams logged career highs in total digs and digs per set at 585 and 5.38, respectively. Both marks were also inside the top three in the HCAC and among the national leaders in Division III. The junior libero logged double-digit digs in 28-of-29 matches this fall, including nine appearances with 20 or more and four with 30 or more. Her season was highlighted by a 37-dig effort at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.).
Snyder, Hanover's sportsmanship selection, posted 183 kills and 41 blocks during her junior campaign. She averaged a career-best 1.89 kills per set for the Blue and Red in 2018.
The Panthers finished the campaign with a 15-14 overall mark, giving the program its 15th straight season with double-digit wins. Hanover has also produced an overall winning record in each of the last fours years. Included in the 2018 overall mark was a 5-4 HCAC record, which earned the team the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament.
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