Volleyball concludes opening weekend play with wins over Muskingum and Adrian

Ally Williams

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Hanover volleyball team concluded play at the Otterbein/Capital Classic Saturday, Sept. 1, defeating Muskingum (Ohio) and Adrian (Mich.) both by a count of 3-1.

After dropping their opening match of the weekend to Otterbein (Ohio) Friday, the Panthers finished the event with three consecutive wins, leaving the first weekend of the season with a 3-1 record. Muskingum and Adrian were both handed their first losses of the new campaign at the hands of Hanover.

MATCH ONE (vs. MUSKINGUM)

Hanover opened Day Two of the Central Ohio-hosted tournament with a contest against Muskingum, a 25-22, 22-25, 25-23 and 25-20 triumph for the Blue and Red.

Recording her second triple-double on the stat sheet this young season was freshman Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.). Ketcham tied for the team high in kills, 12, while also recording 16 assists, 14 digs and three blocks.

Junior Madie Snyder (Boonville, Ind.) and sophomore Blaise Chaney (Mason, Ohio) added double-digit kills against the Muskies as well. Snyder tied for the team high with 12 and Chaney pitched in with 11 kills and two blocks.

Senior Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) paced the Panthers with 17 assists and junior Ally Williams (Fountaintown, Ind.) added a team-best 25 digs over four sets.

An 8-1 run in the opening set gave HC an 11-6 advantage on the scoreboard. Snyder, senior Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) and junior Carlie Burson (New Salisbury, Ind.) all tallied kills during the run. Hanover never trailed in the frame from that point on.

Another mid-set scoring spurt, this time 5-1, put HC in front 13-9 during the second set of play. Muskingum though, rallied with an 8-0 run late to tie it up, 21-21. The Muskies rode their momentum to four of the final five points as well, winning 25-21.

The third set was played within a three-point window and was deadlocked at 16-all before a 3-0 spurt put the Blue and Red in front. After the Muskies rallied to tie the set at 20-20, Hanover fought off MU with the final three set points.

Hanover's largest margin of victory in the match came in the fourth set, five points, a frame that secured the overall win. As was the theme all match, a mid-set run, influenced the final decision. The Panthers used a 7-1 spurt, capped by a Chaney kill, to go in front 16-12. Muskingum was able to tie the set once after that, but HC would ultimately win, 25-20.

MATCH TWO (vs. ADRIAN)

The Panthers extended their winning streak to three matches after taking the contest with the Bulldogs, 25-18, 26-24, 17-25, 25-17.

Ketcham continued to pace the Panther offense, recording nine kills. She also added nine digs and eight assists. The freshman would be named to the all-tournament team at the conclusion of play. 

Chaney added seven kills, giving her 18 on the day. Snyder and freshman Maddie Edwards (Jasper, Ind.) both produced five or more kills as well.

Williams continued to lead defensive efforts with 33 and eight digs, respectively. Crump had a team-high 18 assists as well. Dennis added eight digs, while leading the team with six blocks.

The first frame was tightly contest throughout, as it began with neither side gaining more than a two-point advantage. Eventually, Hanover would pull away late for the 25-18 decision.

After being on the wrong side of a 4-0 run early in set No. 2, Hanover tallied six of the next eight points, tying it up at nine-all. The scoring spurt featured four kills from four different Panthers. Adrian appeared to be pulling away with the second set, but an 8-0 HC run tied the frame at 22-all. Hanover then scored four of the final six points in a 26-24, come-from-behind set victory.

Hanover again conceded a long scoring run in the third set, but this time, was unable to rally from an 11-2 Bulldog run. In the fourth set, Adrian once again opened up an early advantage by a 5-0 Hanover run put the team up 16-13. The Bulldogs pulled within one, 16-15, but HC finished the set on a 9-2 run, capped with Edwards second service ace of the match.  

Hanover will break from invitational play when they welcome Spalding (Ky.) for a 7 p.m. match Tuesday, Sept. 4. The contest with the Golden Eagles will be the Panthers home opener.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu