2016-17 Top Moments No. 6: Volleyball's 15-match winning streak helps secure second straight HCAC title

Claire Dennis on a dig

HANOVER, Ind. – Closing out the bottom half of our Top 10 Moments from the 2016-17 athletic year is the Hanover volleyball team, which won 15 straight games en route to its second straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship.

The 2016-17 athletic campaign was one to remember for the Hanover College Athletic Department, so over the next few weeks we will recall some of the top moments from the year that was. This week we announce the fifth and sixth best moments.

Heading into its final game of the opening month, Hanover had a 10-7 record. After completing September with a victory over Muskingum in the HCAC/OAC Crossover, the Panthers rattled off 14 more straight wins, including all nine of their HCAC regular season matches.

During the 15-match winning streak, Hanover won eight games by a count of 3-0. The Blue and Red only conceded a total of five sets in their nine conference matches.

Highlighting the winning streak were the final two games of the regular season, which included a 3-1 win at Bluffton on October 29 and a 3-2 victory at Defiance the next afternoon, earning the team the outright conference regular season title.

Hanover’s regular season HCAC championship also earned them the right to host the conference postseason tournament the first weekend of November. The Panthers knocked off the fifth seeded Spartans of Manchester in the semifinals before falling to Bluffton in the championship round.

The 15-match winning streak set a new program record for most consecutive victories, breaking the old record of 11, which was set during the 2015 season. Hanover won eight home matches during the winning streak.

Overall, the Panthers finished the 2016 campaign with a 25-8 record, posting the most victories in a single season during head coach Peter Preocanin’s 18 years at HC. Preocanin was named HCAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season, while juniors Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) and Emily Ertel (North Vernon, Ind.) and sophomore Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) each earned all-conference accolades.

We will continue our Top Moments series later this week, when we announce the No. 5 moment Thursday, July 6.

No. 10: Men’s Cross Country wins first team invitational since 1998

No. 9: Football’s late rally against Defiance

No. 8: Women’s Golf wins fourth straight HCAC Championship

No. 7: Softball’s Griffin tosses no-hitter against Johnson & Wales

Contact: Tyler Jester


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