Singles play leads Panthers to 5-4 win over Transylvania

Keith Asplund

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's tennis team rallied from an early deficit Wednesday evening to secure a 5-4 home victory over Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Transylvania (Ky.).

The Panthers trailed 2-1 after doubles play but won the first four singles matches to finish to secure their first conference victory of the season. Hanover's triumph improves the team to 4-6 overall and 1-1 in league play, while the Pioneers fall to 6-10 overall, 2-2 in the HCAC.

Freshmen Keith Asplund (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and Pablo Gallart (Serra, Spain) won the No. 3 doubles match in quick order, 8-0. With the team score tied at one-all, juniors Landon Carrico (New Albany, Ind.) and Jonathan Helmers (Cincinnati, Ohio) rallied and forced a tiebreaker at No. 2, before falling 8-7. The duo of Asplund and Gallart improve to 3-2 this season and have won back-to-back outings.

Carrico has a winning streak of his own, taking the No. 2 singles match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1, for his fourth straight victory. The junior was followed by sophomores Roger Trombley (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) and Jed Fajt (Greencastle, Ind.) in the Nos. 5 and 6 spots, respectively, with winning scores of 6-2, 6-1 and 6-3, 6-1. The victories led HC to a 4-2 advantage in the team scoring.

Securing the overall match was Asplund, who won the No. 3 slot in straight sets by a count of 6-2, 6-2. Losses at Nos. 1 and 4 resulted in the 5-4 decision for the Panthers. Asplund and Carrico are now tied for the team-high in season singles victories at six.

The Panthers will continue conference play this weekend with two matches. The stretch opens at home against Defiance at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 13.

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