HANOVER, Ind. – The Panthers head north on Saturday to take on the Bluffton University Beavers in a midseason Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup. The trip will also feature a contest with the Cardinals of Otterbein.
REVIEW: The Panthers enter the contest 13-8 overall, 2-1 HCAC after dropping their first conference contest against nationally ranked Transylvania, 3-1 (16-25, 23-25, 25-23, 21-25). Hanover was led in the contest by sophomore Emma Rolf (Lebanon, Ind.) and freshman Adrianne Vance (Indianapolis, Ind.) with double-digit kills, while senior Ally Williams (Fountaintown, Ind.) added 26 digs. As a team, the Blue and Red posted a .110 hitting percentage with 42 kills.
BLOCK PARTY: The Panthers dominate at the net as they have tallied 143 blocks, ranking them second among the HCAC. The team averages 1.33 blocks per set with freshman Josie McClara (Jamestown, Ind.) leading the charge at 62 total blocks. Joining her among the league's best is Rolf with 40 blocks, including 37 assisted.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: As a team, the Blue and Red have tallied 905 kills, averaging 11.46 kills per set. They have also found success behind the service line with 116 total service aces. Leading the attack for Hanover is Rolf and Vance with 200 plus kills apiece. Rolf enters the weekend averaging 2.57 kills per set, while Vance comes in at a team-best 3.05 kills per set. Williams continues to chase a 500-dig season as she currently sits at 467, averaging 5.91 digs per set. The senior also leads the team with 27 service aces.
SCOUTING BLUFFTON: The Beavers enter the weekend 5-18 overall, 1-3 HCAC after defeating Mount St. Joseph 3-1 (30-28, 25-23, 21-25, 25-14). Bluffton is led this season by Remi Bower with a team-high 293 kills, averaging 3.66 kills per set. Bower also has found success in the back row tallying 124 digs, at 1.55 digs per set. As a team, Bluffton is averaging 10.95 kills per set, with a .118 hitting percentage.
SCOUTING OTTERBEIN: The Cardinals enter the weekend at 17-4 overall, 3-1 OAC after defeating John Carroll in straight sets. Otterbein is led this season by Tate Eppard with a team-best 242 kills, averaging 3.51 kills per set. As a team, the Red and White have registered 964 kills, averaging 13.4 per set with a .241 hitting percentage.