Men's tennis concludes 2017-18 season with setback to Earlham in HCAC Semifinals

Alec Bates

INDIANAPOLIS – The Hanover men's tennis team saw its 2017-18 season come to an end Saturday afternoon, falling in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals to Earlham, 5-1.

Hanover won at least four games in all three doubles matches but found themselves in an 0-3 hole after the Quakers (20-4) swept the opening session. Earlham added wins at Nos. 2 and 4 singles to secure its bid into Sunday's tournament championship match at West Indy Racquet Club, the weekend's host site.

The Panthers received their lone win in the No. 5 singles slot, as sophomore Alec Bates (New Albany, Ind.) won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Also finishing their matches in singles play were senior Dakota Smith (Greenfield, Ind.) and sophomore Jonathan Helmers (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Smith ends his final collegiate season with a team-best 14-6 singles record. The senior also won nine matches during doubles competition.

Hanover finishes its season with a 12-11 overall mark and posted a 5-2 record during regular season HCAC play to earn the No. 3 seed this weekend. The Panthers earned their third straight winning season as well. Prior to Saturday's setback, HC had also won a season-best eight consecutive matches.

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