Men's tennis opens spring slate against a pair of D-II opponents

Landon Carrico

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's tennis team will open the spring portion of the 2017-18 campaign with back-to-back matches against NCAA Division II opponents.

The Panthers, who competed just once in the fall, will open their main season with a 4 p.m. match at the University of Indianapolis Friday, Feb. 2. The Blue and Red will then travel to face Bellarmine (Ky.) at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 10.

The two matches for HC will be a part of three straight against scholarship-based institutions to open the season. Hanover dropped a 6-3 road decision to NAIA's Indiana-Southeast last October. The team was originally scheduled to host Bellarmine in the fall, but a pair of postponements have moved it into early February.

In Hanover's opener, junior Brent Barrett (New Palestine, Ind.) and sophomore Landon Carrico (New Albany, Ind.) picked up the squad's lone point in doubles play, winning in the third slot, 8-4. Barrett posted a 15-7 record in doubles play last season, with 12 wins coming with classmate Alec Bates (New Albany, Ind.), as he lead the team in victories.

Singles action against IU-S this past October saw Barrett and senior Dakota Smith (Greenfield, Ind.) earn straight set decisions at Nos. 2 and 5 respectively. The duo combined for 30 singles victories last season, including a 13-3 mark in HCAC play.

Hanover and UIndy will be meeting for the first time, while the Panthers and Knights have met twice, with the last match coming in the 2015-16 season, an 8-1 win for Bellarmine. UIndy, who is currently nationally-ranked No. 12 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division II poll, was announced as the unanimous Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division champion in the preseason poll last week. The Greyhounds have yet to compete in a head-to-head team match this season but finished 16-5 in 2016-17 en route to an appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament Midwest Regional final.

Bellarmine is 1-1 during the 2017-18 campaign, including a victory over Oakland City (Ind.) last September. The Knights, who were picked sixth in the GLVC East Division preseason poll, will travel to Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) Sunday, Feb. 4, before welcoming the Panthers for a weekend contest.

Contact: Tyler Jester