TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Hanover College volleyball team dropped a tight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match at Rose-Hulman on Saturday afternoon, falling in straight sets (21-25, 23-25, 13-25).
The Blue and Red (15-10 overall, 4-2 HCAC) trailed early in set one but remained poise as a kill by freshman Josie McClara (Jamestown, Ind.) knotted the contest at 8-8. The freshman continued on the attack as she landed another kill moments later that halted a Fightin' Engineers 3-0 run. However, a series of Hanover miscues plagued any momentum the team could produce as Rose-Hulman claimed set one, 25-21.
Set two saw the Panthers take the early 7-5 lead following back-to-back kills by freshman Adrianne Vance (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Emma Rolf (Lebanon, Ind.). Rose-Hulman responded as they rattled off three straight points to take the 10-8 advantage. But the Blue and Red led a charge of their own as junior Brynn Durecki (Winona Lake, Ind.) provided clutch from the service line as she posted a service ace that tied the set at 14-14. Hanover followed it up with a five point surge that extended the lead to 19-15. The Fightin' Engineers wouldn't go away as they used a series of runs to take set two, 25-23.
Rose-Hulman carried the momentum into the final set as a 7-0 run gave them the 9-5 advantage. RHIT never looked back as they used their attack to claim the straight set victory, 25-13.
As a team, the Panthers had 31 kills with six blocks led by Vance with seven kills and two solo blocks.
Hanover returns to action on Tuesday, October 29 as they welcome Franklin to Collier Arena. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m.