Colonels Drop Non-conference Tilt at Hanover 3-1

Colonels Drop Non-conference Tilt at Hanover 3-1

HANOVER, Ind. ( – The Centre volleyball team fell by a score of 3-1 in a non-conference matchup at Hanover on Wednesday night at Collier Arena. After dropping the first two sets 29-27 and 25-10, respectively, the Colonels topped the Panthers 25-23 in set three before falling 25-17 in the fourth and final set.

Centre moved to 1-2 with the loss, while Hanover improved to 3-2 on the season.

A back-and-forth affair in the first set, the Colonels found themselves all knotted at 26-26 when a kill by junior outside hitter Hailey Foote (Prospect, Ky.) off the assist by junior defensive specialist Morgan Babey (LaGrange, Ky.) gave Centre a one-point advantage and left the Panthers facing set point.

A pair of Colonel hitting errors and a kill by Hanover's Emily Ertel would give the Panthers three straight points and a 29-27 set victory.

Hanover then used a 14-2 run in the second set en route to a 2-0 lead over Centre.

The third set belonged to the Colonels, as Centre jumped out to an early 9-2 lead fueled by four kills, including two by freshman outside hitter Peyton Vacala (Savannah, Ga.).

The Panthers answered with an 8-2 run to shrink the Colonels lead to 11-10, before Centre build its advantage back to six points at 20-14.

Hanover responded with a 9-2 surge to take a 23-22 lead over the Colonels. However, Centre would score the final three points of the set to earn the 25-23 victory.

With the score knotted at 5-5 in the fourth set, the Panthers used a 11-4 run to gain a 16-9 advantage. Hanover would build its lead to eight points at 22-14 before Centre scored three consecutive points on kills by Hailey Foote, freshman middle hitter Keeley Morton (Bristol, Tenn.) and a service ace by Babey to shrink the Panthers' advantage to five at 22-17. Hanover then answered with three straight points of its own to close out the 25-17 set win.

Hailey Foote paced the Colonels with 10 kills and four services aces on the night. Senior setter Shelby Foote (Prospect, Ky.) dished out a game-high 23 assists to go with 11 digs and five kills. Babey led all players with 20 digs, while Vacala had 14 digs and six kills for Centre.

Hanover's Emily Ertel tallied a game-high 14 kills in the victory. Abby Crump finished with a team-high 21 assists and 12 digs for the Panthers.

The Colonels travel to Lexington, Va. for the Washington & Lee Invitational this weekend, taking on Southern Virginia at 2:30 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 9 before battling the host Generals at 5 p.m.