Volleyball earns doubleheader split on Day One of HCAC-OAC Crossover

Emily Diehr at the net



BEREA, Ohio – Representing the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the Hanover volleyball team split a pair of matches against Capital (Ohio) and No. 22 Ohio Northern Friday evening, during Day One of the crossover tournament between the HCAC and the Ohio Athletic Conference.

The Panthers (11-4) opened the day with a straight-set victory over Capital (7-8), winning 25-20, 25-15 and 25-12. Facing its first nationally ranked opponent of the season in the nightcap, Hanover won the first set against ONU (12-3), 25-20, but fell in the following three frames, 25-11, 25-14 and 25-17.

Junior Margo Main (Ann Arbor, Mich.) led the team offensively, posting 21 kills, including a team high 11 against ONU. Main also hit .667 in the opener, logging 10 kills in 15 total attacks.

Seniors Emily Ertel (North Vernon, Ind.) and Kristin Goben (Finchville, Ky.) each added a double-digit kill effort, as Ertel logged a team high 11 kills versus Capital and Goben recorded 10 against ONU.

With 11 total kills, freshman Emily Diehr (Greenfield, Ind.) set a new season high for a doubleheader. Diehr pitched in defensively with five blocks as well.

Junior Haley Alexander (Martinsville, Ind.) led the team with 35 assists, posting a team high 18 and 17 helpers respectively. Classmate Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) added 18 assists in the match with ONU. Crump and senior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) combined for 30 of the team’s 59 digs versus the Polar Bears.

Hanover hit a season high .438 in the win against Capital, including a .571 third-set hitting percentage. The Blue and Red also had a strong defensive effort at the net, recording 10 blocks. Senior Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) led the way with six rejections.

Extended runs near the end of each frame helped the Panthers secure the sweep over the Crusaders. Hanover enjoyed a 43-25 advantage in kills during the match.

The Panthers followed the strong performance with a .234 hitting percentage in the first set against the Polar Bears, but could not surpass the .100 mark in the final three frames. Hanover still out gained ONU 44-42 in total kills for the contest.

The Blue and Red will be back in action Saturday, as they square off against Baldwin Wallace (Ohio) and John Carroll (Ohio). Hanover opens competition against the host, BWU, at noon.

Contact: Tyler Jester


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