Volleyball season ends with tournament loss

Hanover College’s volleyball team was bumped out of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament with a four-set loss to Defiance College (Ohio). The opening-round battle was played Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Defiance, Ohio.

Defiance, which held off Hanover in five sets Oct. 14, defeated the Panthers, 25-23, 14-25, 25-22, 29-27, to advance to the HCAC’s semifinals.

Senior outside hitter Sarah Quebe (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman front-row mate Rachel Regenauer (Louisville, Ky.) led Hanover’s attack. Quebe matched her career high with 18 kills and Regenauer equaled her season best with 14 kills.

Setters Alli Deaton (Lexington, Ky.) and Kelsey Wagner (Taylor Mill, Ky.) combined for 53 assists to set up the Panthers’ offense. Deaton, a freshman, had 32 assists, and Wagner, a junior, added 21.

Junior defensive specialist Kylie Justus (Crawfordsville, Ind.) had a match-high 15 digs, while freshman Maddie Hartman (Madison, Ind.) added 13 digs and two service aces.

Hanover closes its season with an 18-14 overall record. The Panthers placed fifth in the Heartland Conference with a 5-4 record.

Defiance improves to 18-12 overall. The Yellow Jackets will meet the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) at 2 p.m., Nov. 3, in one of the league’s semifinal matches.

Hanover at Defiance (Ohio) statistics