HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's tennis team is set to welcome Bellarmine (Ky.) and Wittenberg (Ohio) for two matches and three days.
SETTING THE SCENE: The Panthers (2-4) host NCAA Division II Bellarmine at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 23, before welcoming Wittenberg for a 4 p.m. contest Monday, March 25.
- The Panthers are coming off a 9-0 setback at the hands of NAIA institution, Indiana University-Southeast. Junior Jonathan Helmers (Cincinnati, Ohio) and freshman Connor Garrison (Louisville, Ky.) won five games in the top doubles spot, while junior Landon Carrico (New Albany, Ind.) highlighted singles play versus the Grenadiers.
- The trio of Helmers, sophomore Jed Fajt (Greencastle, Ind.) and freshman Keith Asplund (Jeffersonville, Ind.) all saw their modest two-match singles winning streaks come to an end last time out. Helmers and Asplund though, are still 4-2 in singles competition this season to lead the Panthers. Overall, the Panthers are 18-18 in singles competition.
- Hanover has an 8-10 mark in doubles action. Asplund, Carrico and sophomore Roger Trombley (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) all have three victories in tandem play. Carrico and Trombley are 2-2 when paired together.
- The Blue and Red are a combined 8-4 in the bottom two singles positions, a .667 winning percentage. Helmers and Trombley are both 2-1 at No. 2, while Fajt is 2-2 at No. 6.
SCOUTING BELLARMINE: Bellarmine is 3-7 this season and riding a five-match losing streak ahead of a contest with Indiana Wesleyan Friday afternoon. The Knights however, own a 3-0 edge in the all-time series against the Panthers. Hanover nearly pulled off the upset last season, falling on the road, 5-4.
SCOUTING WITTENBERG: Despite dropping three of its last four outings, Wittenberg is 7-4 this season. The Tigers are coming off a 6-3 setback to Ohio Wesleyan earlier in the week and will travel to face Trine (Ind.) Saturday before making the trip to Hanover on Monday. The Panthers have won the only two meetings between the two sides, earning a 5-4 decision in 2017-18 and a 7-2 triumph in 2015-16.
UP NEXT: Hanover is set to open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 30, with a trip to Anderson.
Contact: Tyler Jester