ROCKING THE NET: Hanover College’s Kalynne Miller (above) hits a backhand volley at the net as doubles partner Kathleen Brinegar backs up the play during the pair’s loss at No. 1 doubles to Kentucky Wesleyan on Wednesday. Kelly Gehlbach (below) returns a shot in her No. 2 doubles win. Hanover won the match 7-2. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
ROCKING THE NET: Hanover College’s Kalynne Miller (above) hits a backhand volley at the net as doubles partner Kathleen Brinegar backs up the play during the pair’s loss at No. 1 doubles to Kentucky Wesleyan on Wednesday. Kelly Gehlbach (below) returns a shot in her No. 2 doubles win. Hanover won the match 7-2. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Hanover's tennis team posted a 7-2 victory over visiting Kentucky Wesleyan for its sixth win of the season at the Zeddies Tennis Center on campus on Wednesday.

The Panthers won five of the six singles matches to clinch the victory. Mackenzie Spicer knocked off Hannah Butcher 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Mallory Noble beat Haley Kauffman 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 singles and Allison Poston defeated Emily McNeil 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4. Shelby Williamson knocked off Samantha Brett 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5 singles and Sarah Love won by default at No. 6.

Danielle Hadler beat Alexis Taylor 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles for Kentucky Wesleyan's lone victory.

In doubles competition, the Hanover team of Kelly Gehlbach and Kirby Lantz beat Wesleyan's Kauffman and McNeil 8-4 at No. 2 doubles. The Panthers' Brooke Glahn and Sarah Love scored a default win at No. 3 doubles.

Wesleyan's Butcher and Hadler beat Hanover's Kathleen Brinegar and Kalynne Miller 8-4 at No. 1 doubles.

Hanover, now 6-2 on the season, travels to Defiance (Ohio) on Saturday.

Strong serving, late rally leads volleyball over Marian 3-1

Strong serving and a rally late in the fourth game proved to be the difference in Hanover's 3-1 volleyball win over Marian Wednesday at Collier Arena.

The Panthers won the first two games 25-19 and 25-23 before dropping a close 25-23 decision in game three. Hanover rallied to win game four 25-22 to improve to 7-9 on the season.

Rachel Hasewinkel, a freshman from Sheridan, tallied 13 kills, eight digs and two assisted blocks to lead Hanover. Nicole Blevins also had double digits kills (11) as the Panthers tallied 47 kills in the match.

Hanover served seven aces in the match, led by Megan Keller with three. Sarah Hasewinkel added two of her own.

Three players turned in double-digit tallies for digs, led by the Kylie Justus with 24. Maddie Hartman, a sophomore from Madison, had 21 digs while Keller added 13. The Panthers had 88 total digs in the match.

Hanover faces Birmingham Southern (Ala.) and Centre (Ky.) in Danville, Ky. on Saturday.

Men's soccer falls 4-0 to No. 2 Ohio Wesleyan

Hanover's men's soccer team dropped a 4-0 decision to nationally-ranked Ohio Wesleyan University Wednesday at home.

Ohio Wesleyan, ranked No. 2 in the nation, took just six shots, but converted all four shots on goal in the contest.

Hanover's defense held the Battling Bishops (10-0) scoreless until the 38th minute, when an errant header bounced back into the net for an own goal and a 1-0 deficit for the Panthers.

Ohio Wesleyan added to the cushion in the 44th minute when Evan Lee converted a one-on-one opportunity. The Battling Bishops added a third goal in the 66th minute on a chip shot by Paolo Bucci out of traffic from the front of the box.

Ohio Wesleyan netted the final goal in the 78th minute on a looping attempt from 30 yards out which dropped just under the cross bar.

Hanover had eight shots total - including six in the second period - but just one shot on goal in the match. Mathew Eldridge led the effort with three shots.

Hanover, now 3-5-1 on the season, hosts Birmingham Southern (Ala.) on Sunday.