Justus, Hasewinkel named to all-HCAC squad

Volleyball standouts Kylie Justus (Crawfordsville, Ind.) and Rachel Hasewinkel (Sheridan, Ind.) have earned first-team all-league honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Justus, a senior defensive specialist, was named the Heartland Conference’s most valuable defensive player for the third year in a row. She was joined on the first team by Hasewinkel, a sophomore outside hitter in her first season with the Panthers.

Justus has earned the league's top defensive honor in three of the six seasons the award has been presented. She led Hanover with 615 digs and ranked second in the HCAC with 5.38 digs per set.

She ranks second in school history with 2,108 digs, trailing only Elizabeth Loechle, who totaled 2,174 digs from 2004-07.

Justus, who was fourth on the Panthers with 26 service aces, also earned a slot on the HCAC's all-sportsmanship team.

Hasewinkel led Hanover's offense with 369 kills. She ranked second in the conference with 3.17 kills per set and was fourth in the league with 3.51 points per set.

She also added 282 digs, 29 total blocks and 23 aces.

The Panthers finished the 2013 campaign with a 16-16 record. The effort marks the program’s fourth consecutive season with at least 16 victories.

Hanover placed fourth in the Heartland Conference standings with a 5-4 mark. The squad advanced to the championship match of the HCAC’s post-season tournament.