Spring Senior Spotlight: Tennis

Spring Senior Spotlight: Tennis

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) in partnership with its 10 member institutions is working to honor those spring sport senior student athletes whose seasons were cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hanover College has an outstanding group of seniors who the HCAC and the Panthers would like to recognize.

The senior members of the Panther tennis team include Landon Carrico, Jonathan Helmers, Cami Jones, Meghan Ferrell, Mia Katzenberger, and Lizzy Katzenberger.

Carrico and Helmers competed as members of the men's tennis team helping to elevate the program to new heights. The duo combined for 39 wins and a win percentage greater than 50 percent. They advanced to the HCAC Tournament Semifinals on three straight occasions including three straight campaigns with 10 or more wins.

"Landon Carrico and Jonathon Helmers changed the culture of Hanover men's tennis," praised head coach Eric LaRue. "When I got here in 2017 these two were the first to give ideas, and made it clear they will do whatever it takes to help the team. At that point I knew I had two outstanding young men that I could build a program around. They were a part of four straight winning record seasons and three straight HCAC semifinal appearances. All future success of Hanover men's tennis will be linked to these two young men. I am appreciative and forever grateful for all the hard work they did in the community, in the classroom and on the court," added LaRue.

Senior Landon Carrico (New Albany, Ind.) played a key role in the team's success as he became the Panthers all-time career wins leader with 75 following the team's 4-3 victory over Thomas More during the 2019-20 campaign. The three-time First Team All-HCAC selection also posted a career-best 10 straight singles victories during the 2018-19 campaign that also saw him post a perfect 7-0 mark in league action. The New Albany, Ind. native has also displayed success in the classroom being named to the Tom Bohlsen HCAC All-Academic list.

Senior Jonathan Helmers (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been one of the top tennis players for Hanover as he has amassed 50 career wins with a .432 overall winning percentage. The HCAC All-Conference selection has also deemed clutch in singles play stringing together a series of four straight victories on three separate occasions while posting an overall singles win percentage greater than 50 percent.

Seniors Meghan Farrell, Cami Jones, Mia Katzenberger and Lizzy Katzenberger helped propel the Panther women's tennis program into the record books. During their four seasons the Blue and Red set a new program record with 48 league regular season wins dating back to the 2014-15 campaign. They also opened the 2018-19 season winning 12 straight matches, the best start in program history.

"These group of seniors were part of three HCAC regular season championships, two HCAC tournament championships, two NCAA tournament appearances and reached the round of 32 during the 2018 NCAA Tournament (first time in School history and conference history). They were a part of a 53-22 overall record and 31-1 in HCAC play. With all these achievements this is not what I will remember of this senior class," praised LaRue. "I will remember them as a group of hard working student-athletes that wanted to be coached hard, challenged, and respected by their teammates and coaching staff. On a personal note, Natalie's sister, my daughter, died in 2015 and these young ladies were great role models and big sisters to Natalie and for that I will be forever grateful," added head coach LaRue.

Senior Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) helped propel Hanover to one of the best in the league as she posted a winning percentage greater than 60 percent including more than 70 career wins. A strong part of her success came during the 2019-20 fall season where she strung together nine straight single victories including five victories against HCAC opponents. The Indianapolis, Ind. native was named HCAC First Team All-Conference for her efforts.

Senior Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) provided depth to the Panther lineup as she earned All-Conference honors while posting a winning percentage greater than 60 percent. Her junior campaign was one of her best to date as she opened the season winning 21 straight victories including a sweep of HCAC action. The Richmond, Ind. native also claimed Tom Bohlsen All-Academic honors in each of her last three seasons.

Senior Mia Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) played an important role in the team's success earning All-Conference honors. Mia opened her senior campaign strong, stringing together 14 straight match victories including a sweep of singles action during the span. Prior to her senior season, her longest win streak was 11 straight matches set during her 2018-19 season.

Senior Lizzy Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) earned All-Conference honors after a strong 2019-20 campaign. The senior competed as the primary No. 3 singles player and No. 2 doubles contender. She posted a career winning percentage greater than 60 percent including two seasons with at least 15 match wins. The Crawfordsville, Ind. native also was named a Tom Bohlsen All-Academic honoree.