For the second consecutive season, junior Kylie Justus (Crawfordsville, Ind.) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s defensive player of the year. Justus was one of four Panthers to earn post-season honors from the league.
Justus, a return specialist, earned all-HCAC honors for the second time. She led the conference, and ranked 14th in the nation, with 6.01 digs per set after totaling a career-best 691 digs during the 2012 campaign.
Justus was joined on the Heartland Conference's first team by senior outside hitter Sarah Quebe (Indianapolis, Ind.), who received all-league honors for the fourth straight season.
Junior outside hitter Megan Keller (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore middle hitter Sarah Hasewinkel (Zionsville, Ind.) were honorable-mention all-HCAC selections.
In addition, Keller was named to the HCAC's all-sportsmanship squad.
Quebe, an outside hitter, led the Panthers with a career-best 337 kills. She was seventh in the conference in attack percentage (.239) and ninth with 2.76 kills per set. She also led Hanover with 73 blocks.
Keller, a first-time all-league honoree, logged time on the front and back rows for the Panthers. She set career highs with 136 kills and 37 blocks, while also adding 103 digs.
Hasewinkel, a member of the league’s all-freshman team last season, posted career highs with 127 kills and 62 blocks. She also had 15 aces.
Hanover finished the season with an 18-14 overall record. The Panthers placed fifth in the Heartland Conference standings with a 5-4 mark.
Published Thursday, November 8, 2012