DEPAUW, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team traveled to Depauw on Saturday afternoon to compete in the Tiger's Invitational where the Panthers fell to DePauw in straight sets (15-25, 25-27, 16-25) before dropping the night cap with St. Mary's 3-1 (18-25, 25-22, 23-25, 26-28).
The Panthers (8-5 overall) opened the day with invitational host DePauw dropping the opening set 25-15 before battling tough in set two. The two teams exchanged points for much of the set before a four-point rally pushed the Tiger advantage to 9-7. However, the Blue and Red responded tying the contest at 12-12 following a service ace by senior Ally Williams (Fountaintown, Ind.).
Hanover continued to hang around as a DePauw miscue and a kill by freshman Adrianne Vance (Indianapolis, Ind.) knotted the contest at 16-16. The Blue and Red looked to take the lead late as a kill by sophomore Maddie Edwards (Jasper, Ind.) swung momentum in favor of the Panthers who finally took the lead at 24-23 following a service ace by sophomore Emma Rolf (Lebanon, Ind.). The Tigers remained poise late as they were able to combat the attack and hang on for the set two, 27-25 victory.
DePauw would go on to defeat the Panthers in straight sets as they claimed set three, 25-16.
In the contest, the Panthers had a block party registering a game-high 11 blocks with 10 block assists.
In the night cap with St. Mary's, the Panthers rattled off six straight points led by kills from junior Emily Diehr (Greenfield, Ind.) and Vance to give HC the one set advantage, 25-18.
Set two opened with a Panther four-point rally that saw a Diehr kill and a sophomore Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) ace, give the Blue and Red the 10-8 lead. St. Mary's responded with a series of runs to knot the set at 17-17. They would go on to win the set 25-22 following a Panther miscue.
St. Mary's went on to capture a tight set three, 25-23 and managed to rally past the Panthers in set four, 28-26.
In a do or die set four situation, Hanover remained poise early using a series of runs, including a kill by Diehr that tied the set at 19-19. The back and forth battle continued late into the set as a St. Mary miscue gave HC the 23-22 advantage. The Blue and Red looked to capitalize claiming the 24-23 lead following a kill by freshman Josie McClara (Jamestown, Ind.). However, Hanover was unable to hang on as St. Mary's went on to claim the set, 28-26.
Hanover hits the court on Wednesday, September 25 as they compete at Centre. First serve is set for 7:00 PM.