Volleyball Dominates Huntingdon in Straight Sets

Volleyball Dominates Huntingdon in Straight Sets

MARYVILLE, Tenn. – The Panthers dominated Huntingdon in straight sets (25-23, 25-16, 25-19) to conclude the weekend 2-1 overall at the Maryville Invitational. 

Hanover was led on the day by sophomore Emma Rolf (Lebanon, Ind.) with double-digit kills (11) and digs (10). 

The two teams battled tough in set one exchanging points for several minutes before a seven point rally by Huntingdon gave them the 7-2 advantage. However, the Blue and Red remained poise and slowly chipped at the lead as back-to-back kills by senior Carlie Burson (Corydon, Ind.) and junior Emily Diehr (Greenfield, Ind.) cut the deficit to 14-12.

The Panther tied the contest moments later as a Huntingdon miscue put the teams in a dead lock. Hanover deemed clutch late as they rattled off three straight points, capped off by another Diehr kill. Rolf went on to seal the set one victory after connecting with sophomore Bailey Eveland (Plymouth, Ind.), 25-23.

The back and forth continued for much of set two before a Panther four point surge, sparked by Diehr, gave Hanover the 10-6 advantage. A series of miscues continued to doom Huntingdon as the Blue and Red capitalized pushing the advantage to 16-12. 

The Panthers never looked back as sophomore Maddie Edwards (Jasper, Ind.) and freshman Josie McClara (Jamestown, Ind.) teamed up for back-to-back kills giving HC the 18-13 lead. They would go on to claim set two 25-16 following a kill by Diehr. 
 
Huntingdon dominated set three early, jumping out to the 8-1 lead before the Panthers went to work. Senior Ally Williams (Fountaintown, Ind.) helped the Blue and Red erase the deficit from behind the service line as she tallied three straight aces to put HC back on top, 16-14. The rest is history as the Panthers continued to dominate at the net en route to the straight set victory. 
 
The Panthers return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 3 in their home opener with Spalding. First serve is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.