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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

Volleyball runs win streak to nine with 3-1 victory at Franklin


FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team stayed unbeaten in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play this season, picking up a 3-1 road win at Franklin on Wednesday evening.

The Panthers (19-7, 5-0 HCAC) won the first two sets of the match, 25-23 and 25-21. Franklin would avoid the sweep, winning the third frame 25-23. Hanover then sealed the victory with a 26-24 win in the fourth set.

The third set loss was just the second time this season that HC has dropped a frame in conference play. The Blue and Red have now won nine consecutive matches overall, and improve to 5-1 in true road matches this season.

Sophomore Margo Main (West Lafayette, Ind.) led the team with 12 kills, as she hit a team high .345 as well. Main has now recorded double digit kills in nine games this season.

Adding 11 kills was junior Emily Ertel (North Vernon, Ind.), while classmate Kelsey Brandvik (Indianapolis, Ind.) pitched in with nine kills. Ertel, the reigning HCAC offensive player of the week, has recorded at least 10 kills in three of the past four matches.

Both sophomore setters, Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Haley Alexander (Martinsville, Ind.), each recorded 19 assists in the contest. Crump also recorded two of HC’s four service aces.

Junior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the team with 30 digs, while classmate Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) and Ertel tied for the team high with three total blocks.

Hanover totaled seven team blocks to FC’s 11, but the Panthers recorded just one blocking error to the Grizzlies’ eight.

The Blue and Red will take their current winning streak into Senior Night at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21. The Panthers will welcome Kean (N.J.) for a non-conference contest in Collier Arena.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Men's soccer wins weather-shortened match with Earlham, 2-0


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s soccer team earned a 2-0 decision in a home, weather-shortened, Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest on Wednesday afternoon.

Due to multiple lightning delays, the two sides agreed to call the match at the 74:51 mark. Since the contest lasted at least 70 minutes, the results and statistics will officially count.

Hanover improves to 12-3 overall and 5-1 in the HCAC with the victory. The Panthers also stayed unbeaten at home, improving to 7-0 this season. The Quakers fall to 5-9 overall and 1-5 in the conference.

Senior Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) and junior Thomas Doering (Lexington, Ky.) scored the goals for HC. Eldridge paced the Panthers with four shot attempts.

Hanover outshot the Quakers 13-6, while also holding a 6-3 edge in shots on goal. Junior Dominic Isadore (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded three shots, while Doering and senior Taylor Childers (Lafayette, Ind.) also added multiple shot attempts.

Freshman Chris Brashear (Hebron, Ky.) earned his third solo shutout of the season, as he has appeared in five total clean sheets this season. Brashear made three saves against EC.

Eldridge opened the scoring with a penalty shot in the 27th minute. An Earlham foul in the scoring box resulted in a Quaker yellow card, and Eldridge’s first penalty kick opportunity of the season.

The Panthers took the 1-0 lead into the intermission. The two sides each recorded five shot attempts over the opening 45 minutes.

In the second half, junior Zach Barnes (Seymour, Ind.) sent his corner kick outside the attacking box, where Doering found the ball and sent a shot from close to 30 yards out pass the Earlham net minder.

As Hanover led 2-0 in the 75th minute, the first lightning delay began. Near the end of the first 30-minute delay, a second lightning strike occurred, and it was at that point the two teams agreed to call the match at its current point.

The Blue and Red have won eight of their last nine matches overall, and will look to carry the momentum into a road contest at Defiance. The Panthers and Yellow Jackets are slated for a 3:30 p.m. start on Saturday, Oct. 22.

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Panthers host Earlham for Hall of Fame Day

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Panthers pick up fourth consecutive shutout with 7-0 win at Earlham


RICHMOND, Ind. – Not allowing a goal for the fourth consecutive match, the Hanover women’s soccer team picked up a 7-0 decision at Earlham on Wednesday afternoon, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest.

The Panthers (8-5) have now won four consecutive matches and five of their first six HCAC contests. Hanover has won all five of its conference matches with a clean sheet defensively.

Senior Karlee VanDerWeele (Argos, Ind.) picked up her fifth solo shutout, and has appeared in all six clean sheets for Hanover this season. VanDerWeele was called on to make just one save in the contest.

Classmate Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored twice to lead the Panthers, as she now has 11 goals this season. Cornacchione also posted a team high nine shot attempts.

Overall, Hanover outshot the Quakers (1-11-1, 1-4-1 HCAC) by a total of 36-3, while also holding a 20-1 edge in shots on goal.

Sophomore Cassidy Evanson (Carmel, Ind.) and freshman Haley Rees (Columbus, Ohio) both scored one goal and added one assist for HC.

For the second consecutive match, sophomore Shannon Hawkins (Carmel, Ind.) and freshman Maisyn Garland (Rochester, Ill.) each scored one goal. Freshman Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio) also scored for the Blue and Red.

It as Brock that got the scoring started for the Panthers, finding the back of the net at the 30:26 mark. Brock received a cross from Rees around the penalty shot area.

Less than two minutes later, Rees found the back of the net herself, scoring on a shot from 18 yards out. Hanover led 2-0 at halftime.

The Panthers scored two goals over the first 12 minutes of the second half. The first came from Cornacchione, while Garland’s goal, off an assist from senior Jessie Comorosky (Loveland, Ohio), came in the 57th minute.

Over the next 20 minutes, Hanover received scores from Cornacchione, Hawkins, and Evanson to secure the 7-0 win.

This is the third consecutive match that the Panthers have posted at least five goals. Over the current four game winning streak, Hanover has outscored its opponents by a combined total of 27-0.

The Panthers will stay on the road, as they travel to Defiance for a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday, Oct. 22.

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Miller, Spicer highlight bevy of all-HCAC awards for women's tennis


GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Hanover women’s tennis team earned a bevy of individual honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference after posting its fourth consecutive regular season league championship.

The Panthers picked up both the HCAC Most Valuable Player, senior Mackenzie Spicer (Indianapolis, Ind.), and Coach of the Year, Ryan Miller, to go along with a total of four all-conference, two honorable mention, and one sportsmanship selection.

Miller, now in his third year as the head coach of both the men’s and women’s tennis teams, has now earned the women’s coach of the year honor three times. Miller also won the men’s award last spring to give him such awards in five tries.

Under the guidance of Miller, Hanover has won three HCAC regular season and two tournament championships, posting an unblemished 24-0 record in the HCAC regular season. The team is 40-12 overall since the start of the 2014-15 season.

Spcier, a four-time all-conference selection, has earned her first most valuable player award. The senior posted a dual singles and doubles record of 16-0 in the conference this season. For her career, Spicer finishes with a record of 25-7 in HCAC singles matches. She is also 10-6 overall this season in singles play.

Spicer competed solely at the No. 1 singles spot, and teamed with sophomore Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) in the No. 2 doubles slot.

Winternheimer was also named to the all-HCAC squad, her second such award of her career. To go along with her doubles record, Winternheimer was 7-1 in HCAC singles matches. Winternheimer was also HC’s selection for the conference’s all-sportsmanship team.

Also earning their first all-conference awards were freshmen Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.). Farrell posted a perfect 6-0 record in conference singles matches this fall, and teamed with HCAC honorable mention selection, sophomore Tori Schwartz (Nappanee, Ind.), to go 6-1 in the top doubles spot.

Schwartz added a 4-1 record in conference singles matches as well.

Jones logged a 7-1 mark in the HCAC regular season for singles matches, and teamed up with fellow freshman, and HCAC honorable mention choice, Lizzy Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.), to go 7-1 at No. 3 doubles.

Katzenberger added an 8-0 mark in conference singles action.

Hanover finished the fall with an 11-5 overall mark, and 8-0 record in the HCAC. In the eight HCAC matches, the Panthers totaled a dual singles and doubles record of 67-5.

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Men's golf places ninth at O'Briant-Jensen Memorial


GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Hanover men’s golf team traveled to compete in the Guilford (N.C.) O’Briant-Jensen Memorial this past Monday and Tuesday, finishing ninth as a team.

The Panthers led the field in eagles for the event with two, while also adding 16 birdies. Hanover finished with a score of 618 (307-311), placing ninth in the field of 15 teams.

The Blue and Red did most of its damage on the par five holes, as they combined to shoot one-under par with an average of 4.97 strokes per hole.

Leading the way for HC was sophomore Gabe Rohleder (Evansville, Ind.). Rohleder shot a 151 (70-81) en route to a tie for 29th. The sophomore posted a season low in the opening round, his first this season that was under par. Like the team, Rohleder did his work on the par fives, posting a score of three-under for the week. His 36-hole score also marked his season low.

Also marking his tournament low for a 36-hole event was senior Ben Hamilton (Henderson, Ky.), with a total of 155 (78-77), placing tied for 39th. Hamilton tied for the team high with four birdies while posting an average par three score of 2.88.

Senior Johnny Vidal (Harrison, Ohio) fired off a 156 (82-74), as he finished tied for 45th. Vidal recorded one of the team’s eagles and added four birdies.

Logging back-to-back rounds of 79 was junior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.). Rogers finished second on the team with 22 pars, as his total of 158 tied him for 52nd in the field of 81 golfers.

Sophomore Justin Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) rounded out the team scoring, tying for 66th with a total of 163 (80-83). Smith finished the par fives at one-under par.

Competing as an individual, freshman Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.) finished in a tie with Smith at 163 (81-82). The freshman logged two birdies in the event.

Huntingdon (Ala.) won the team event with a score of 565. Huntindon’s Will Thrash fired off consecutive rounds under par to shoot 134, earning individual medalist honors.

The Panthers will compete in a one-day event this upcoming Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Mount St. Joseph Classic.

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Panthers prep for two conference matches


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s soccer team will continue Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play this week with a home match against Earlham and a road contest at Defiance.

The Panthers (11-3, 4-1 HCAC) are currently in second place in the HCAC after falling to Transylvania on the road, 1-0, and picking up a 4-0 home win over Bluffton last week.

This week, Hanover will look to improve to 8-0 at home when they welcome Earlham for a 3:30 p.m. match on Wednesday, Oct. 19. The Blue and Red will then travel to Defiance for a 3:30 p.m. contest on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Entering the week, Hanover ranks as the top scoring offense in the HCAC, posting 3.00 goals per game. Their scoring total is also in the top 15 in the NCAA. The Panthers have also recorded a conference best 110 total points, which ranks 28th in the nation as well.

Defensively, the Blue and Red are allowing 0.69 goals per game, ranking first in the HCAC and 32nd in the NCAA.

Leading the way defensively is goalkeeper Rafael Di Maio (Sao Paulo, Brazil). The senior returned from injury this past Saturday, not allowing a goal over 75 minutes played. Di Maio has now been a part of three team shutouts this season and hoists a 0.638 goals against average. His GAA leads the HCAC and is among the top 30 in the nation.

Senior Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) scored in the win over Bluffton, as he now leads the HCAC in goals per game at 0.57. Eldridge has totaled eight goals and one assist, for 17 points this season.

Adding his fifth goal of the season against the Beavers was junior Dominic Isadore (Cincinnati, Ohio). Isadore ranks third on the team in goals this season.

Senior Cameron Childers (Lafayette, Ind.) continues to put together a strong season, as he has two goals and five assists this season, after dishing out a helper against Bluffton. His five assists are third best in the HCAC.

Earlham will enter the Wednesday matinee match with a 5-8 overall record and a 1-4 mark in the HCAC. The Quakers have lost four matches in a row, but hold a 3-2 mark in road contests this season. Hanover has won each of the past three meetings with EC.

Defiance enters the week with a 5-7-2 overall record as they are currently sixth in the conference with a 2-2-1 mark. The Yellow Jackets have won two of their last four matches prior to hosting Manchester on Wednesday. The Panthers picked up a 3-2 victory at home against DC in 2015, and also earned a 1-0 win the last time they traveled to Defiance in 2014.

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Senior Night highlights busy week for volleyball


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team enters the week riding an eight match winning streak, as they will look to carry their current momentum into three games this week.

Hanover will first travel to Franklin for a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19. The Panthers will then host Kean (N.J.) for senior night at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, and lastly, will welcome Anderson for a 1 p.m. match on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The Panthers are coming off a week which included 3-0 conference wins over Mount St. Joseph and Rose-Hulman, as well as another 3-0 decision against Berea (Ky.).

For her performance, junior Emily Ertel (North Vernon, Ind.) was named the HCAC’s offensive player of the week. Earning her first conference weekly award, Ertel posted double digit kills in two of the three matches en route to a team high 28 kills on the week.

On the season, Ertel is second on the team in kills per set at 1.99. The junior has 155 total kills, and has added 39 total blocks as well.

Hanover has arguably the strongest defense in the HCAC, as the team ranks among the nation’s best in blocks. The Panthers’ 222 rejections are first in the conference and fourth in the NCAA. On average, the team is blocking 2.29 shots per set, ranking inside the top 15 in the nation.

Not only has HC proved to be a force in terms of blocking, but they have also forced their opponents to just a .114 hitting percentage this season. In the three matches last week, the Panther defense held its opponents to a combined .006 hitting percentage.

Sophomore Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) has been a key factor in the HC defense this season as she currently leads the HCAC and is third in the NCAA in total blocks with 113. Her 1.20 blocks per set also leads the conference and is 15th in the country.

Junior Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) also ranks among the top five in the HCAC in total blocks, 78, and blocks per set, 0.89. Crawford has151 kills this season as well.

It has not just been the defense that has been strong for HC thus far, but also the offensive attack. The Panthers have posted a .202 hitting percentage, which is second best in the conference. Crawford leads the conference in hit percentage at .413.

The Panthers hosted Franklin (12-10, 2-4 HCAC) twice last season, picking up a 3-0 victory in the regular season prior to a 3-1 win in the HCAC semifinals. The Grizzlies are 5-2 at home this season.

On Friday evening, Hanover will be recognizing its two seniors in Jordan Benge (Flanagan, Ill.) and Shelby Hart (Crestwood, Ky.). The Panthers will face Kean, who enters the week with a 16-8 overall record. The Cougars have won six straight matches heading into Tuesday night.

Lastly, the Blue and Red will welcome Anderson at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Ravens are 8-15 overall and 2-4 in the HCAC. Anderson split a pair of conference matches last week and are 0-4 in true road matches this year.

Contact: Tyler Jester