Hanover College Women’s Volleyball is on Fire!
They recently secured their first Heartland College Athletic Conference Tournament championship in 10 years, defeating Rose-Hulman at home Sunday afternoon, with a score of 3 to Zero.
The Panthers (26-5), who were hosting the semifinals and championship for the third consecutive year had dropped the previous two attempts, but prevailed in three sets Sunday, those being 25-22, 26-24, 25-16.
Hanover has now won 15 consecutive matches overall and add the conference tournament title to their regular season championship that they won by going 9-0 for the third straight season.
For their outstanding play all weekend, seniors Monique Huynh, Kelsey Brandvik, and Kristin Goben were recognized as all-tournament selections.
Huynh specifically was chosen as the Most Valuable Player, collecting 50 digs over the two matches and adding 14 assists.
Hanover jumped out to an early lead in the opening frame, scoring nine of the first 13 points, forcing the opponent’s timeout.
The Panthers then upped their lead up to six points, forcing the Engineers to use their second timeout of the set.
Rose-Hulman crept to within one point late, but kills from Main, senior Emily Ertel and Junior Claire Dennis propelled Hanover to a 25-22 victory.
They followed this with a 26-24 win and a 25-16 win.
With these wins, the Panthers have secured an automatic entry into the NCAA Division III National Tournament, which will be the team’s first appearance since 2007.
Hanover will now wait to see who its first opponent in the national spectacle will be, as the NCAA Division III Selection Show will take place at 12:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 6.
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