MADISON, IND. – The quartet of senior outside hitter Courtney Chowning (Yorktown, Ind.), sophomore right side hitter Haley Duncan (Albion, Ind.), sophomore outside hitter Farren Miller (Lebanon, Ind.) and sophomore middle hitter Hannah Tevis (Royal Center, Ind.) each contributed six-or-more kills for Manchester University's offense Saturday, Nov. 5.
In the end, though, the Spartans' 33 kills, 49 digs and five team blocks weren't enough to overcome the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference top seed and regular season champion Hanover College on its home Collier Arena floor in the conference tourney semifinals. The Panthers, improving to 25-7, held off a determined Black and Gold charge that saw Coach Bryndon Paulsen's side creep within a point of a pivotal second set win that would have tied the match at one each, closing MU's season at 18-12.
Chowning, winding up a star-studded collegiate career for MU, hammered nine kills, dug up nine Hanover attack attempts and recorded a solo block and two block assists. Tevis tallied seven kills, hit a strong .235 and tallied two block assists; Duncan ended with nine kills; and Miller finished just off a digs-kills double-double with six and 11.
In the wake of the 25-18, 27-25, 25-16 defeat, several memories remain for the program. The Spartans tied the program's season win standard; picked up the first winning campaign since 2008; and won its first league tournament match in the same span to advance to the final four. Along individual lines, Chowning closes ranked second in career kills (1,157) and as the school record holder in kills per set (3.23), while sophomore setter Dakota Stanichuk (Athens, Mich.) goes into her junior year ranked third in career assists (1,784).