Volleyball wins HCAC tourney opener

Three players registered double-digits digs and two others tallied 11 kills apiece as the Hanover College volleyball team defeated Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 25-21, 25-21, 25-13 in the first round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament.

Senior defensive specialist Kylie Justus (Crawfordsville, Ind.) collected a game-high 23 digs as Hanover improved their overall record to 15-15.

Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Hasewinkel (Sheridan, Ind.) registered a double-double with 17 digs and 11 kills, while classmate Maddie Hartman (Madison, Ind.) totaled 14 digs to pace the Panther defense.

Junior Sarah Hasewinkel (Sheridan, Ind.) and sophomore Rachel Regenauer (Pewee Valley, Ky.)  led the front line attack, notching 11 kills apiece as the team had  42 in the three-set match.

Freshman Molly Murphy (Hilliard, Ohio) passed a match-high 19 assists, while Alli Deaton (Lexington, Ky.) added 11.

With the win, the team advances to the semifinal round versus Defiance College (Ohio).

The Panthers will travel to Defiance, Ohio, Saturday to take on the top-seeded Yellow Jackets at 2 p.m.

Hanover at Rose-Hulman statistics