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Three athletes earn HCAC Player of the Week honors

GREENWOOD, Ind. – After an outstanding week from Hanover athletics overall, three athletes were named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Players of the Week.

The Panthers combined to go 8-0 overall between football, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball last week, with seven of those wins coming in conference action.

Football defeated Earlham 54-0, picking up its first shutout since Oct. 19, 2013, while also scoring 50 or more points since the 2012 campaign. For his efforts, junior Casey Virgin (Westfield, Ind.) was named HCAC Special Teams player of the week.

Virgin returned five punts in the game for a total of 141 yards. His punt return total is the highest of any HCAC player in a single game this season, while his 28.2 yards per return also set a conference high this year.

With a long return of 54 yards in the first quarter, Virgin set up the Panther offense inside the red zone. Hanover would later score on the drive with a field goal to go up 17-0.

On the season, Virgin has 11 punt returns for 192 yards, which leads the HCAC. His 17.5 yards per return also ranks atop the conference.

Football is currently 2-5 overall, and 2-3 in the HCAC, and will welcome Defiance for Senior Day at Alumni Stadium at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29.

This is football’s second HCAC player of the week award this season, with the first being an offensive honor.

With a team high 59 digs through three matches last week, junior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) picked up HCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for volleyball. Huynh averaged 5.9 digs per set in three wins for HC.

Hanover earned a 3-1 road win at Franklin on Wednesday, before defeating Kean (N.J.) and Anderson by a count of 3-0 at home over the weekend. With the two wins, the Panthers have won 11 consecutive matches, tying the al-time program record.

Huynh recorded 30 digs against Franklin, as it marked the seventh most of any player in the HCAC for a four-set match this season. With her stellar week, Huynh moved into second in the HCAC with 5-3 total digs this season.

Volleyball now has two conference weekly awards this season, with one coming on the offense and one on defense.

The Panthers will host Transylvania for their final home match at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The third athlete to receive HCAC Player of the Week accolades was senior men’s soccer player, Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.). Eldridge earned his first award of the season and men’s soccer’s third such honor in 2016.

The senior posted four goals over two matches, as HC defeated Earlham 2-0 and Defiance 5-1. In the win over Defiance, Eldridge recorded three goals, all in an eight-minute stretch in the first half.

With four goals last week, the senior moved into first in the HCAC in goals scored this season with 12. Eldridge is also tied for first in the HCAC with teammate Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) in total points with 25.

Winners in nine of their last 10 matches overall, the Panthers will travel to face Mount St. Joseph at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Week of the Panther: Hanover Athletics go unbeaten last week

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover athletic programs put together a remarkable seven-day stretch, as football, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball all went unbeaten last week.

This marked the first time this fall that these four teams all strung together nothing but victories. To review each team’s week, view the links below.

Hanover (2-5, 2-3 HCAC) picked up its second win of the season, defeating Earlham 54-0 at home on Hall of Fame Day. The Panthers scored over 50 points for the first time since a 55-10 win over Earlham on Oct. 27, 2012. Hanover also recorded its first shutout since a 41-0 win over Bluffton on Oct. 19, 2013.

The Blue and Red outgained the Quakers 451-75 in total offense, including a 228-35 advantage in rushing yards. Freshman Tee Hart (Indianapolis, Ind.) ran for a career high 100 yards on 12 carries, as he scored two touchdowns.

Senior Adam Gutermuth (Whiteland, Ind.) added three scores, all in the first half, with two through the air and one on the ground.

Special Teams also played a big role in the win as they blocked the first two EC punts to setup two offensive touchdowns in the opening five minutes of play. Junior Casey Virgin (Westfield, Ind.) also returned five punts for 141 yards, averaging 28.2 yards per return. In the kicking game, senior Adam Goepfrich (Jasper, Ind.) accounted for 12 points, including six point-after tries and two field goals.


The Panthers picked up two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victories to improve to 13-3 overall and 6-1 in the HCAC. Hanover earned a 2-0 home win over Earlham on Wednesday before picking up a 5-1 road decision at Defiance on Saturday.

The win over Defiance marked the 13th of the season, which set a new program record for most wins in a single season. The previous mark was set last year when HC went 12-6-3 overall.

Senior Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) scored four goals over the two-match stretch, including a hat trick against Defiance. The senior moved into first in the HCAC in goals scored with 12, while his 25 points also ties him for first in the conference with teammate Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil).

Freshman Chris Brashear (Hebron, Ky.) picked up the individual shutout on Wednesday, while he and senior Rafael Di Maio (Sao Paulo, Brazil) paired up to allow just one goal against the Yellow Jackets.

Three other players scored one goal, including Thomas Doering (Lexington, Ky.), Ryan Keeney (Rineyville, Ky.), and Chris Roe (Louisville, Ky.).


Behind 17 goals in two matches, Hanover won its fourth and fifth consecutive matches in the HCAC. The Panthers are now 9-5 overall and 6-1 in the conference after a 7-0 road win at Earlham, and a 10-0 victory at Defiance.

With the two wins, HC has outscored its opponents in its current five-match winning streak, 37-0. Last week, senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored five goals and added two assists for a total of 12 points. Cornacchione scored three goals and recorded two helpers in the win over Defiance, as her eight points marked the third highest of any HCAC player in a single match this season.

Seniors Elaine Simpson (Lexington, Ky.) and Rebecca Tumlin (West Harrison, Ind.) each logged two goals and one assist in the offensive explosion against Defiance.

Three other Panthers logged one match with at least one goal and one assist, including Cassidy Evanson (Carmel, Ind.), Haley Rees (Columbus, Ohio), and Leah Ellis (Floyds Knobs, Ind.).

In net, senior Karlee VanDerWeele (Argos, Ind.) earned the clean sheet against Earlham, while she and freshman Emma Debolt (West Chester, Ohio) combined for the shutout against DC.

For the week, Hanover outshot its opponents by a combined total of 84-5, including a 50-1 edge in shots on goal.


The Panthers made it 11 consecutive wins overall, tying a program record, after going 3-0 last week, including a 2-0 mark in the HCAC. Hanover defeated Franklin 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 23-25, and 26-24) on Wednesday, followed by a 3-0 win (25-22, 25-15, and 25-17) over Kean (N.J.) on Senior Night Friday, and capped with a victory over Anderson, 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, and 25-17) on Saturday.

Leading the offensive attack was sophomore Margo Main (West Lafayette, Ind.). Main finished the week with 30 kills, averaging 3.0 kills per set, while also hitting .358. She led the team in kills in two matches, and hit over .300 in all three contests. Main added nine blocks on the week as well.

Junior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) recorded a team high 59 digs over the three matches, averaging 5.9 per set. Huynh posted a team high 30 digs against Franklin, ranking among the top seven in the conference, for a four set match this season. She added five assists and two service aces as well.

On Senior Night, Shelby Hart (Crestwood, Ky.) logged a team high 17 assists. Her senior classmate, Jordan Benge (Flanagan, Ill.) also had a strong performance, totaling three of HC’s seven service aces, while adding 10 digs.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Rogers leads men's golf team at Mount St. Joseph Invitational


LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – In its final event of the fall, the Hanover men’s golf team competed in the Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) Invitational at the Hidden Valley Golf Club in Lawrenceburg, Ind.

The Panthers were one of four teams to participate along with Thomas More (Ky.), and Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) foes Anderson University, and the host, Mount St. Joseph. The four teams played two rounds on the 6,525-yard par 72 course.

Junior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) led Hanover and tied for second overall with a 75-77 for a two-round total of 152. Rogers finished only two strokes behind Mikel Merker of Mount St. Joseph (150) for the top spot.

Freshman Bradley Murray (Carmel, Ind.) shot a 76-81 (157) to tie for seventh. Murray’s previous 36-hole best was a 161. His 76 also topped his best 18-hole performance by seven strokes.

Freshmen Mitchell McElfresh (Felicity, Ohio) and John Summerlin (Indianapolis, Ind.) tied each other for ninth with a two-round total of 159. McElfresh shot a 78-81, while Summerlin finished with a 77-82.

Like Murray, McElfresh and Summerlin posted new personal bests. McElfresh shot a 36-hole best by eight strokes and an 18-hole best by two strokes. Summerlin lowered his best 36-hole score from a 161 to a 159 and his single-round best from 80 to 79.

Sophomore Gabe Rohleder (Evansville, Ind.) rounded out the top five in a tie for 11th one stroke behind McElfresh and Summerline with a 160. Rohleder shot a 79 in the opening round and an 81 in the second round.

As a team, the Panthers shot 308-327 for a team score of 635. Thomas More won the team title with a 302-309 for a two-round score of 611.

With the fall season complete, Hanover will enter the off-season and prepare for its winter break trip Saturday, Feb. 25-Friday, March 3.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Football routs Earlham on Hall of Fame Day, 54-0


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover football team played a complete game, as the defense and special teams units set up the offense for its highest scoring performance of the season in a 54-0 win over Earlham on Saturday afternoon.

On a day in which Hanover honored six members entering the Athletic Hall of Fame, including three offensive football standouts from the past, the Panthers (2-5, 2-3 HCAC) produced more than 50 points in a game for the first time since Oct. 27, 2012. The Blue and Red defeated Earlham on that date, 55-10.

The zero points allowed by the Panther defense also marked the first shutout since Oct. 19, 2013, when the team defeated Bluffton, 41-0.

Overall, the Panther defense held Earlham to just 75 yards of total offense, while HC totaled 451 yards in the contest. For the second time this season, Hanover held its opponent under 40 rushing yards, allowing just 35 yards to EC.

Freshman Tee Hart (Indianapolis, Ind.) recorded his first 100 yard rushing performance of his career, and the first for HC in the past month. Hart finished with 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries. The freshman averaged 8.3 yards per carry.

In the air, senior Adam Gutermuth (Whiteland, Ind.) completed 13-of-17 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Gutermuth added a rushing touchdown, as all three of his scores came in the first half.

Freshman Taylor Bleistein (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) put together his best performance of the season, grabbing five passes for a team high 84 yards and a touchdown.

Joining Hart in the backfield was junior Justin Conners (Harrison, Ohio), who rushed eight times for 74 yards and one score. Conners, who played sparingly in the second half, also logged two catches for 18 yards.

Special teams played a big factor in the game for HC, as junior Casey Virgin (Westfield, Ind.) posted five punt returns for 141 yards.

In the kicking game, senior Adam Goepfrich (Jasper, Ind.) made his first six point-after tries, before his seventh was blocked. Goepfrich also made two field goals, running his current streak to five consecutive makes.

The first three scores for HC were all set up by strong defensive and special teams play. After forcing a three-and-out on the first possession of the game, the Panthers blocked the Quakers’ (0-7, 0-5 HCAC) punt attempt setting up the ball on the EC one-yard line. Conners rushed into the end zone on the first offensive play.

On the second EC drive, the Blue and Red partially blocked a punt, giving HC the ball inside the Earlham 35-yard line. Hart would cap a six play drive, with a three-yard touchdown run. HC led 14-0 less than five minutes into the opening quarter.

Another EC three-and-out forced a punt, which was returned 54 yards by Virgin setting up first and goal on the Quaker eight-yard line. Goepfrich knocked in his first field goal of the game.

A three-yard touchdown run later in the period, from Gutermuth, gave the Panthers a 24-0 advantage, a score they led by after the first quarter. HC outgained the Quakers in total offense, 81-10.

The second quarter saw Gutermuth throw touchdown passes to Bleistein and senior Ricky Windell (Camden, Ind.), for a 38-0 lead at the intermission.

Gutermuth tossed a 24-yard score to Bleistein at the 10:36 mark, Bleistein’s first of the season. Windell’s six-yard touchdown reception was his fourth of the year, and marks the third time in the past four games he has scored.

Hart rushed in for his second score of the contest at the 10:12 mark of the third quarter, giving the Panthers a 45-0 edge on the scoreboard.

On its next drive, HC covered 53 yards on nine plays, the most of plays any drive for the Panthers in the game, to get another field goal from Goepfrich. Hanover led 48-0 after 45 minutes of action.

The final quarter saw sophomore Sam Layden (Milan, Ind.) take his first career carry 19 yards for a touchdown.

Overall, Hanover scored on nine of its 13 drives in the game, including its first six offensive possessions.

Two Panthers tied for the team high in tackles with four, including junior Drew Doehla (Bloomington, Ind.) and freshman Ross McDonough (Martinsville, Ind.).

Hanover will welcome Defiance next Saturday, Oct. 29, at 1:30 p.m., as the Panthers will honor its seniors during the last home game of 2016.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Six members enshrined into Athletic Hall of Fame

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College athletic department enshrined six members into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon.

The Class of 2016, includes Paul Gray, Joe and Marcia Luigs, Terry Sprinkle, Chris Stormer, and Bill Wilcox. The inductees and close relatives and friends celebrated the occasion with a brunch hosted inside the Horner Health and Recreation Center on Saturday morning, and were later recognized at halftime of the football contest against Earlham.

Gray, a 1992 graduate, played four seasons with the Hanover Panther football and golf squads. Biding his time at the quarterback position, Gray built on momentum at the conclusion of his junior year where he was named the team’s most improved player, by throwing himself into the record books his senior campaign.

The 1991 NAIA All-American was also the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference (ICAC) most valuable player and first team selection, setting at the time, a program record 3,703 total yards in the season.

The gunslinger also currently holds the school records for passing yards, attempts, and touchdowns in a game, all of which came against Georgetown, the eventual NAIA national champion in 1991. Gray threw 92 pass attempts, at the time breaking the national collegiate record for all levels, completing 41 attempts for 630 yards.

Joe, a 1965 graduate, was the former President of Crooked Stick Golf Club, where the Hanover golf teams participate in an event annually. He has also served as a rules official in over 80 United States Golf Association and amateur events.

In 2003, Joe was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame. He also received the USGA Ike Granger Award for 25 years of volunteer service in 2006. Joe was also the chairman of the USGA Women’s Amateur in 2007.

At Hanover, Joe was a member of the men’s golf team, where he was named as an all-conference selection on three separate occasions.

Marcia, class of 1967, has held numerous positions within the USGA, including the vice chairwoman of the USGA Women’s committee from 2003-04. From 2005-06, Marcia was named as the chairwoman of the same committee, which is the highest position in women’s golf.

In 2003, Marcia was also inducted into the Indiana

Golf Hall of Fame, and served as the Honorary Chair of the 2007 USGA Women’s Amateur. In 1996, the governor of Indiana awarded her with the Sagamore of Wabash.

Marcia also received the USGA Ike Granger Award in 2009, as she and Joe became the first couple to earn the award. She has also served as a rules official in over 80 amateur and USGA sanctioned events.

Sprinkle, a 1984 graduate, was a four-year standout for the Hanover women’s basketball and volleyball teams. As a four-year starter for the women’s basketball squad, Sprinkle averaged 18.4 points per game for her career, and was the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,470 points when she left Hanover.

Currently, Sprinkle ranks third all-time in scoring, and though rebounding records are incomplete prior to 1990, it is estimated she grabbed approximately 648 boards, which would put her in the top 10 in school history. During the 1981-82 season, Sprinkle shot 51.3 percent from the floor, putting her in the top 10 in program history for field goal percentage in a single season.

A two-time first team all-NAIA District 21 selection, Sprinkle led the team in scoring (18.1), rebounds (10.5), assists (3.4), steals (2.6), and blocked shots during her senior campaign.

Stormer, a 1999 graduate, is statistically the most accurate passer in Hanover football history, as he holds the program record for pass completions in a game (44), career pass completion percentage (.652), season completion percentage (.675), and completion percentage in a game (.886).

It was Stormer’s accurate passing during his junior year, in which he completed 263 of 399 passes for 2,994 yards and 23 touchdowns that earned him NCAA Division III Second Team All-American honors. His 1997 total offense per game average of 320.4 yards was also good enough to rank second in the country.

During the 1998 campaign, Stormer was named to the honorable mention squad as an All-American, while also garnering the conference’s and team’s most valuable player awards. Stormer was also named the Hanover Most Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1999.

As a two-sport standout, 2001 graduate Bill Wilcox currently holds a spot in both the football and track and field all-time record books. Wilcox participated in the football program for five seasons after receiving a medical hardship waiver in his junior season, 1999, and also competed for the track and field squad during the 1998 and 2000 seasons.

For his career on the gridiron, Wilcox ranks third in school history in all-purpose yards with 4,448, while his 2,160 rushing yards is fourth best in the program’s rich history.

A three-time, all-conference choice, Wilcox received first team honors during his first two seasons in 1996 and 1997, rushing for 947 and 524 yards respectively.

Hanover went on to win its football contest against Earlham 54-0, marking the first shutout since the 2013 season.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Eldridge's hat trick sends Panthers to program record 13th win


DEFIANCE, Ohio – Senior Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) scored three first half goals, as the Hanover men’s soccer team cruised past Defiance on Saturday afternoon, 5-1.

Eldridge took only four shots in the contest, but three found the back of the net. All three of his goals came over the first 21 minutes of play.

With the win, the Panthers (13-3, 6-1 HCAC) have won nine of their last 10 matches overall. The victory also gives HC its most wins in a single season in program history. The previous mark was set last season when the Blue and Red went 12-6-3 overall.

Junior Ryan Keeney (Rineyville, Ky.) and freshman Chris Roe (Louisville, Ky.) added a goal apiece for HC. Keeney now has three goals this season, while Roe has two.

Junior Dominic Isadore (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the team with two assists. Senior Cameron Childers (Lafayette, Ind.) added the third helper for HC.

After neither team scored over the first 14 minutes, the two sides combined for four goals over the next eight minutes of play. Hanover scored three of those goals, all three coming from Eldridge, to jump in front 3-1. All of Hanover’s assists for the contest came during the offensive explosion.

The Panthers led 3-1 at the intermission.

Keeney’s goal came at the 67:42 mark, giving HC a 4-1 advantage. Roe tacked on the final goal for the Blue and Red in the 75th minute.

Hanover outshot Defiance (5-8-3, 2-3-2 HCAC) 16-1 in the second half, and 26-3 overall. Shots on goal were also in the favor of HC at 11-1.

The Panthers will next travel to face Mount St. Joseph for a 7 p.m. contest on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Volleyball wins 11th straight; Defeat Anderson 3-0


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team tied a program record, winning its 11th consecutive match overall, defeating Anderson in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match on Saturday afternoon, 3-0.

Hanover (21-7) is now 6-0 in the HCAC, and the 11 consecutive wins ties a program record, which was set in 2015.

The Panthers earned their fourth three-set victory in conference play this season, winning all three frames against the Ravens (8-17, 2-6 HCAC) by a tally of 25-17.

Junior Emily Ertel (North Vernon, Ind.) continues her stretch of strong play, logging a team high 13 kills. Ertel was one of three players for HC to post a hitting percentage over .400 as well. The junior also pitched in four total blocks.

Leading the team in hitting percentage was sophomore Margo Main (West Lafayette, Ind.), as she totaled a mark of .467. Main added eight kills and three total blocks.

Junior Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) totaled seven blocks to lead the squad, as HC recorded 11.0 total team blocks in the contest. Crawford logged four kills as well.

Classmate Kristin Goben (Louisville, Ky.) recorded nine kills and two blocks, while sophomore Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) added four kills and three blocks.

Leading the team with 17 assists was sophomore Haley Alexander (Martinsville, Ind.). Junior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) paced the Panthers with 11 digs.

In the first frame, Hanover jumped out to an early 11-6 lead after a kill from Main. Main finished the opening set with six kills, while Ertel added seven.

A 7-1 run later in the set made the score 22-15 in favor of HC. The Panthers went on to win the opening set, 25-17.

The second set saw Anderson get off to a fast start, as they led 5-1. The Blue and Red bounced back, as a 7-2 run gave HC a 13-11 advantage. After an AU timeout, the Panthers used another 7-2 run to go up 20-13.

The third set belonged to HC from the start, as the Panthers opened the frame on a 10-1 run, capped by a kill from Goben. Hanover controlled the set, winning 25-17.

Hanover has now held seven of their last eight opponents to a hitting percentage under .100, as the Ravens hit .000 in the match.

The Panthers will look to win their 12th consecutive match when they welcome Transylvania for a 7 p.m. contest on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Panthers fly past Yellow Jackets for fifth straight win


DEFIANCE, Ohio – Scoring five goals in each half, the Hanover women’s soccer team posted double digit goals for the second time in three matches, winning at Defiance on Saturday afternoon, 10-0.

Not only has the offense come to life recently, but the Panthers (9-5, 6-1 HCAC) have now posted five consecutive clean sheets, and have earned a shutout in six of their past seven matches overall.

During the current five-match winning streak, Hanover has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 37-0.

Senior Karlee VanDerWeele (Argos, Ind.) and freshman Emma Debolt (West Chester, Ohio) combined to record HC’s seventh team shutout of the season. The two net minders were not asked to make a single save, as HC outshot the Yellow Jackets 48-2 overall, and 30-0 in shots on goal.

Both the 48 shots and 30 shots on goal set new season highs for the Panthers. Hanover’s eight assists also marked a new season best for a single match. Defensively, the zero shots on goal allowed, marked the first time for HC this season.

Leading the way offensively was senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio). Cornacchione scored three goals and added one assist, for a total of seven points in the match. The senior recorded a team high 10 shots as well.

Seniors Elaine Simpson (Lexington, Ky.) and Rebecca Tumlin (West Harrison, Ind.) both added two goals and one assist apiece. Simpson now has four goals this season, while Tumlin’s goals were her first of 2016.

Sophomores Leah Ellis (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) and Shannon Hawkins (Carmel, Ind.), and senior Shelby Adams (Avon, Ind.) rounded out the scoring for the Panthers. Ellis also logged one assist.

Cornacchione scored the first goal of the match in the eighth minute, and assisted on the next Panther score at 15:17, as Simpson’ first goal of the game gave HC a 2-0 advantage.

The two seniors paired up for the third HC goal, this time Cornacchione scored with Simpson dishing out the helper in the 22nd minute.

Goals from Ellis and Tumlin in the final five minutes of the first half gave the Panthers a 5-0 edge heading into the intermission. Tumlin and sophomore Katie Koopman (Loveland, Ohio) picked up the assists on the two goals.

In the second half, Hanover scored all five of its goals over the first 18 minutes of play, pushing its lead out to 10-0. Senior Chandler Turner (Indianapolis, Ind.) picked up two assists over the final 45 minutes.

Hanover will welcome Mount St. Joseph for its next contest, at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Volleyball wins in three sets on Senior Night


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team picked up its 10th consecutive victory, defeating Kean (N.J.) in a non-conference contest on a Friday night, 3-0.

The Panthers, who honored their two seniors prior to the contest, sent Jordan Benge (Flanagan, Ill.) and Shelby Hart (Crestwood, Ky.) out with a clean sweep victory.

On a night in which HC recorded seven service aces, Benge tied for the team high with three. She also added 13 digs, which was second on the squad. Hart led the team with 17 assists, as she pitched in with five digs as well.

The two seniors are currently 37-10 at home over their four years, a .787 winning percentage.

Leading the team with 10 kills, while hitting .304 was sophomore Margo Main (West Lafayette, Ind.). Main also paced the Panthers with four total blocks.

Junior Kristin Goben (Louisville, Ky.) added nine kills, and hit a team high .412. Classmates Kelsey Brandvik (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) logged seven and six kills respectively.

With 18 digs, junior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) paced the Panthers.

The vaunted Panther defense was at again, as Hanover held the Cougars (17-9) to just a .062 hitting percentage. This match marked the sixth time in the past seven matches that Hanover has held its opponent to a hitting percentage under .100.

The first frame was tightly contested as the two sides were tied as late as 18-18. An attack error and kill from Main gave the Panthers a two-point lead at 20-18. The two sides traded points until a KU ball handling error secured the first set for HC at 25-22.

Despite dropping three of the first four points in the second set, the Panthers came roaring back with a 5-1 run to gain a 6-4 advantage early. Hanover led by as many as 11 points in the set, as a kill from junior Emily Ertel (North Vernon, Ind.) made the score 24-13. The Blue and Red won the set 25-15.

In the final set, the Panthers used five service aces, three from freshman Madie Snyder (Boonville, Ind.), to secure the sweep, winning the third frame 25-17.

The Blue and Red will look to match a program record 11-match winning streak, which they set in 2015, when they welcome Anderson for a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Women's basketball opens practices for upcoming season


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s basketball team began preparations for the 2016-17 season this week, as team practices officially started.

To see photos from Thursday’s practice session, view the photo gallery link above.

The Panthers will be looking to get back to their winning ways after posting a 9-16 overall record and 5-13 mark in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference last season. In 2014-15, HC produced a 19-9 overall mark and a HCAC tournament championship, en route to an appearance in the NCAA National tournament.

Hanover returns its leading scorer from the 2015-16 season in junior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.). Nash, a 2015-16 second team all-HCAC selection, was also named to the conference’s all-freshman team in 2014-15.

Nash averaged 15.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game a year ago, as both marks ranked third in the HCAC. As a sophomore, Nash also averaged 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks per contest. In 25 appearances last season, Nash totaled nine games of 20 points or more, while also recording five double-doubles.

A pair of sophomores also return in the backcourt for HC in Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) and Macy Walker (Indianapolis, Ind.). Cromer was one of just two players last season to record a start in all 25 games, as she was second on the team in scoring at 10.5 points per game. The Wabash, Ind. native is also the leading returner in three-point shooting, as she shot 35.4 percent from behind the arc a year ago.

Walker appeared in 22 games last season, while making 16 starts. With a 2.6 average in assists per game during the 2015-16 season, Walker is the leading dime-giver returning for the 2016-17 campaign. Walker added 7.0 points per game last season as well.

As a team, Hanover produced one of the nation’s best offensive attacks last season. The Panthers averaged 74.9 points per contest, which led the HCAC and ranked 15th in the NCAA.

Part of the success offensively had to do with HC’s ability to not only get to the free throw line, but also knock in shots from the charity stripe more often than not. The Blue and Red attempted 586 free throws lasts season, ranking 37th in the nation, while their 421 makes ranked 21st in the NCAA. Overall, HC shot 72 percent from the free throw line, which was in the top half of the conference and top 55 in Division III.

Not only did HC have a high scoring attack, the Panthers also provided a strong defensive presence, as they averaged 11.1 steals per game last season. Overall, the team held a positive turnover margin of 3.44 per contest in 2015-16.

Leading the team for the second straight season is John Jones. Jones will be entering his 14th season overall on the sidelines for the Panthers, after spending 12 years as an assistant.

Hanover will open the season with an exhibition at NCAA Division I opponent, Butler, on Sunday, Oct. 30. The regular season will begin with two games at the Washington (Mo.) McWilliams Classic, including a contest against Washington, who finished last season ranked in the top 10 nationally.

The Panthers’ home opener will also be their HCAC opener, against Manchester on Dec. 3. Overall, Hanover will be at home for 10 games this season.

Contact: Tyler Jester