HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team staged a set two come back to claim the straight set victory over Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday evening (25-17, 27-25, 25-20).
The Panthers (13-5 overall, 2-0 HCAC) finished the contest hitting a game-high .208 with 40 kills. Leading the attack for the Blue and Red was freshman Adrianne Vance (Indianapolis, Ind.) with 15 kills.
Set one saw the two teams exchange points for several serves before a kill by sophomore Emma Rolf (Lebanon, Ind.) sparked a Panther three-point rally that gave the Blue and Red the 9-5 advantage. Hanover continued on the attack as back-to-back kills by Vance and sophomore Maura Dankoski (Fishers, Ind.) pushed the lead to 14-11. Sophomore Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) would get a set from junior Brynn Durecki (Winona Lake, Ind.) to spark another Panther rally en route to the teams largest lead 24-15. Vance provided the sets final dagger with an assist from senior Ally Williams (Fountaintown, Ind.), 25-17.
The Blue and Red surged ahead 3-0 in set two before MSJ responded tying the contest at 4-4. The Lions continued to roar as they strung together a pair of runs that pushed the advantage to 9-6. However, the Panthers remained poise and scored six straight points off the service of Rolf to flip the script, 12-9. Mount continued to battle as they again came charging back capitalizing on a pair of Hanover miscues that gave them the 20-15 lead. But the Panthers never said die as they slowly chipped at the MSJ advantage following back-to-back kills by Dankoski that pulled HC within 23-20. They tied the contest moments later as a kill by Rolf and another Mount miscue erased the five-point deficit, 24-24. Williams sealed the set two victory from behind the service line as the Panthers rallied back for the 27-25 victory.
In the matches final set, junior Amber Miller (Louisville, Ky.) registered a service ace that gave Hanover the 3-1 lead. Ketcham and Rolf teamed up at the net for a pair of kills that capped off a Panther rally pushing the set to 7-4. HC continued their dominance at the net as Vance sealed a five-point surge that extended the lead to 12-5. The Blue and Red never looked back as they sealed the set and match victory, 25-20.
Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 12 as they compete in non-conference action against Hiram and Ohio Wesleyan. First serve with Hiram is set for 3:00 p.m.