DELAWARE, Ohio – The Hanover College volleyball team dropped a pair of tough matches on Saturday afternoon, falling to Hiram in straight sets (27-29, 23-25, 19-25) and dropping a four setter with Ohio Wesleyan 3-1 (10-25, 20-25, 25-21, 22-25).
In the contest with Hiram, the Panthers found themselves trailing early in set one as the Terriers rattled off six straight points for the 6-0 lead. The Blue and Red battled back using a series of runs led by freshman Adrianne Vance (Indianapolis, Ind.), cutting the deficit to 21-18. The Panthers knotted the set moments later at 22-22 before a Hanover miscue and a Terrier kill sealed the set, 29-27.
In set two, Hanover saw themselves on the wrong side of a 12-5 advantage. Hiram continued to dominate the set as they pushed the lead to 17-12 before the Panthers scored four straight points with a service ace by sophomore Emma Rolf (Lebanon, Ind.) to pull within a point, 17-16. But much like set one, Hiram remained poise and again pushed the advantage before taking the set, 26-22.
Hanover looked to rally in set three as a pair of Hiram errors pulled the Panthers within 8-6. The Blue and Red continued to chip at the lead as Rolf landed a kill that left HC trailing just 17-14. However, the Terriers again deemed to much as they claimed the set and match, 25-19.
In the Panthers night cap with Ohio Wesleyan the Blue and Red found themselves trailing one set to none before competing in a competitive set two. The two teams exchanged points for several serves before an OWU miscue gave HC the 12-11 lead. The Battling Bishops strung together a series of runs late in the set to take the two-set lead, 25-20.
The Blue and Red victory came in the third set as a kill by hman fresJosie McClara (Jamestown, Ind.) gave Hanover the 13-9 advantage. The Panthers continued to rally in the set as Rolf and senior Carlie Burson (Corydon, Ind.) hit kills before junior Brynn Durecki (Corydon, Ind.) sealed the win from behind the service line, 25-21.
Ohio Wesleyan bounced back in the final set using a series of runs to claim the match, 25-22.
The Panthers return to action on Wednesday, October 16 as they take on Transylvania. First serve is set for 7 p.m.