Panthers suffer setback to nationally-ranked Indianapolis

Mitchell Minniear

INDIANAPOLIS – The Hanover men's tennis team opened its spring season Wednesday night against nationally-ranked Indianapolis of the NCAA's Division II.

The Panthers (0-2), who are opening the spring slate against back-to-back opponents from the scholarship, NCAA Division II level, suffered its second loss of the season, falling 9-0.

Sophomores Landon Carrico (New Albany, Ind.) and Mitchell Minniear (Muncie, Ind.) won the most games in doubles play, but ultimately fell 8-3. A pair of freshmen in Jed Fajt (Greencastle, Ind.) and Roger Trombley (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) took one game in the No. 3 doubles match against the 12th ranked Greyhounds (2-0), who are the preseason favorite in the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division.

Singles play saw HC take a total of eight games, including four by senior Dakota Smith (Greenfield, Ind.) in the third slot. Carrico and Minniear won two games apiece in the No. 1 and 5 singles spots respectively.

Hanover will next travel to face Bellarmine at 10 a.m., next Saturday, Feb. 10. The Panthers and Knights were originally scheduled to square off in the fall, but the match was postponed twice resulting in the February make-up date.

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