College volleyball drops 4 matches at Hanover Inv.


The Wilmington College volleyball team fell to two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foes to conclude the Hanover Invitational Saturday.

Both Franklin College and host Hanover College defeated the Fightin’ Quakers in straight sets with the Grizzlies winning 25-20, 25-23, 25-22 while the Panthers claimed a 25-16, 25-17, 25-8 win in the nightcap.

On Friday, WC fell to Berea 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-10, 15-5 and Trine 25-18, 25-14, 25-19.

In the match with Franklin, the Grizzlies used a 7-2 run with the set tied 12-12 to eventually win set one 25-20. In set two, a service run from Sydney Geibel late gave the Quakers a 23-22 lead, but an attack error and consecutive kills from Miranda Wilson gave Franklin the set. Set three saw Wilmington build a 15-12 advantage off a service run from Blake O’Brien, but Franklin rallied to close out the match in straight sets.

Sofia Thomas and Victoria Long both finished with double-digits in kills. Andie Dolven tallied 31 assists while O’Brien, who was named to the All-Tournament team.

In the match with Hanover, the Panthers heated up offensively as the match went on, hitting .195 in the first set, .316 in the second and .500 in the third set to take the victory.

Joy Bebe led the Quakers in kills with six and attack percentage at .500 while Dolven assisted on 25-of-26 kills. O’Brien finished with 15 digs to lead the back row.

Wilmington (2-11) hosts Bluffton University on Wednesday.

In the match with Berea, Wilmington finished with 11 and 13 kills in the first two sets respectively to win two close sets. In set one, a service run from O’Brien with the set tied 14-14 gave the Quakers a five-point cushion they wouldn’t relinquish.

In the second set, WC trailed 20-17, but rallied on the back of the serves of both Dolven and Long to earn set point. There, a Dolven found Cadin Reveal for the kill.

Thomas’s 11 kills was tops for Wilmington. Three other Quakers — Geibel, Bebe and Reveal — had a half-dozen kills or more. Dolven dished out 32 assists to go along with 10 digs and five service aces while O’Brien had 13 digs.

In the match with Trine, the Quakers never really got going offensively, hitting a negative attack percentage in the final two sets and finishing all three sets with exactly six kills.

Reveal led the team with a six-kill performance to go along with three blocks while O’Brien had 13 digs.