August 2, 2012

Hanover is Coaches Pick to Lead Highly Competitive HCAC Volleyball Race

GREENWOOD, IN – The Hanover College volleyball team has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2012 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. In a poll of the ten HCAC head coaches, the Panthers received a total of 88 points and two first place votes.

Transylvania University placed second in the poll with 83 points and three first place votes, while Bluffton University is picked to finish third in the conference standings this fall with 76 points and two first place votes.  The College of Mount St. Joseph (74 points, one first place vote), Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (71, two first place votes), Defiance College (48), Anderson University (38), Manchester University (35), Franklin College (26), and Earlham College (11) round out the poll.

The Panthers are coming off a 19-11 season and 7-2 conference record in 2011, claiming a share of the conference championship. Hanover fell in the HCAC Tournament semifinals to Rose-Hulman, ending their season.

2012 HCAC Preseason Poll

Team

Points

Hanover

88 (2)

Transylvania

83 (3)

Bluffton

76 (2)

Mount St. Joseph

74 (1)

Rose-Hulman

71 (2)

Defiance

48

Anderson

38

Manchester

35

Franklin

26

Earlham

11

Coach Preocanin's Panthers look to be a formidable opponent once again in a highly competitive HCAC.  Hanover returns two All-HCAC honorable mention selections and the HCAC Most Valuable Defensive Player, after losing the conference's Most Valuable Player (Abby Merritt) to graduation.  Junior libero Kylie Justus (Crawfordsville, Ind./H.S.) returns to lead the Panthers effort after earning defensive MVP honors last fall.  Stacey Sorgius (Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian) and Sarah Quebe (Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian) will look to pace the HC offense.

Justus saw action in 27 matches last year, recording a league-high 5.92 digs per set.  Sorgius led the team with 817 assists in 2011, while Quebe contributed 212 kills and a team-high 92 total blocks.

Transylvania University finished alongside Hanover in a five-way tie at the top of the standings last season with a 7-2 conference mark and a 19-11 record overall.  The Pioneers will look to contend for their third straight conference title behind junior Meghan Bowers (Louisville, Ky./Presentation) and sophomore Lauren Ketron (Mason, Ohio/William Mason).  Bowers earned First-Team All-HCAC honors last season, ranking among the conference leaders in hitting percentage (.263) and kills (2.59 per set).  Ketron was named All-HCAC honorable mention in 2011, adding 283 kills and 36 total blocks.

Bluffton University was part of the five-way tie for first last fall with a 7-2 conference record and held an overall mark of 22-11.  The Beavers lost three All-HCAC players to graduation, but return All-HCAC honorable mention member Heather Schierer (Crescent Springs, Ky./St. Henry) to the squad.  Schierer contributed a team-high 582 digs as a junior last fall.

The 2012 volleyball season is scheduled to open on August 31.

 

Players to Watch

 

Anderson

Tayler Stone

Junior

MH

Muncie, Ind./Delta

 
 

Jordan Stanley

Junior

Setter

Muncie, Ind./Wes-Del

 

Stephanie Weinman

Senior

OH/DS

Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central

 

Kelly Roberts

Sophomore

OH

Heath, Ohio/H.S.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bluffton

Heather Schierer

Senior

Libero

Crescent Springs, Ky./St. Henry

 
 

Bethany Behnfeldt

Junior

MH

Napoleon, Ohio/H.S.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Defiance

Alicia Kalik

Sophomore

Setter

South Lyon, Mich./H.S.

 
 

Chelsea Ludeman

Junior

OH

Napoleon, Ohio/H.S.

 

Alexis Pierce

Junior

OH

Wauseon, Ohio/H.S.

 

Christa Seidenstricker

Sophomore

Libero

Plain City, Ohio/Jonathan Alder

 
 
 
 
 
 

Earlham

Jazmyn Corlew

Junior

MH

Elyria, Ohio/H.S.

 
 

Ashlee Heberger

Senior

Setter

Fairport, N.Y./H.S.

 

Meg Huffmeyer

Sophomore

OH

Osgood, Ind./Jac-Cen-Del

 
 
 
 
 
 

Franklin

Caitlyn Farris

Sophomore

Libero

Zionsville, Ind./H.S.

 
 

Brooke Stamper

Sophomore

Setter

Brownsburg, Ind./Covenant Christian

 

Taylor Parrish

Sophomore

OH

Vandalia, Ill./H.S.

 

Jordan Finke

Sophomore

MH

Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hanover

Kylie Justus

Junior

Libero

Crawfordsville, Ind./H.S.

 
 

Stacey Sorgius

Junior

Setter

Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian

 

Sarah Quebe

Senior

MH/OH

Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian

 
 
 
 
 
 

Manchester

Makenna Hamilton

Junior

DS/OH

Medaryville, Ind./West Central

 
 

Mallory Kirkwood

Sophomore

Setter

Greenfield, Ind./Greenfield Central

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Mount

Jaclyn Stenger

Senior

Libero

Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills

 
 

Michelle Woods

Senior

DS

Ft. Wright, Ky./Newport Central Catholic

 

Nicole Sherpensky

Junior

MH

Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest

 

Hannah Vanarsdall

Junior

OH

Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rose-Hulman

Anna Lewer

Senior

OH

Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran

 
 

Casey Levitt

Junior

OH

Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake

 
 

Kira Boswell

Junior

Setter

Ames, Iowa/H.S.

 
 

Kate Dangel

Junior

OH

Upper Arlington, Ohio/H.S.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Transylvania

Meghan Bowers

Junior

MH

Louisville, Ky./Presentation

 
 

Lauren Ketron

Sophomore

OH

Mason, Ohio/William Mason

 

Melissa Sexton

Junior

OH

Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart

 
 

Allegra Guerrettaz

Junior

MH

Indianapolis, Ind./Speedway

 
 

Rachel D'Agnillo

Sophomore

Libero

Florence, Ky./St. Henry