Hanover lost a chance to take over sole position of third place in the conference volleyball standings with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) Wednesday at home.

All three games were close but it was the visiting Lions who came out on top in each by scores of 25-22, 25-20 and 27-25.

With the loss, the Panthers move to fourth place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 5-3 record, while Mount St. Joseph improves to 6-2.

The Lions kept the Hanover front line busy, as the team tallied five solo blocks and 14 block assists. Playing the front line, Maggie Huffer had a match-high three solo blocks and five block assists to accompany three kills.

Rachel Regenauer added six kills, two solo blocks and two block assists from the outside hitter position. Rachel Hasewinkel led the Panthers with seven kills, along with two services aces and two block assists.

Sophomore Maddie Hartman from Madison, tallied 10 digs from her defensive specialist position.

The Panthers are now 14-14 on the season, while Mount St. Joseph improves to 15-16. Hanover hosts league-leader Defiance (Ohio) in its regular season finale on Saturday.