Panthers open 2017 slate with Georgetown (Ky.) Invitational

Alana Feeley follows through

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's tennis team will look to open their season on a high note as they travel to compete in the Georgetown (Ky.) Invitational this Saturday, September 9.

A total of four teams will compete in the invitational this weekend, including National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) institutions Georgetown and Campbellsville (Ky.), and NCAA Division II school, West Virginia State.

The last time the Panthers competed in such a tournament was last year's DePauw Invitational. Among the highlights of that tournament was when current sophomore Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) made it to the finals of the No. 3 singles flight.

Among other impressive performances was sophomore Cami Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) with a 6-1, 6-3 win in the No. 1 singles consolation semifinal.

In the 2016-2017 season Hanover compiled a record of 16-7 overall including an 8-0 record in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The 16 wins tied a program record for most in a single season, which was originally set the year prior.

This will be the first appearance of the season for all four teams competing in the tournament this weekend. Last year, Georgetown finished 22nd in the NAIA National Poll, while Campbellsville slotted just ahead of them at No. 21.

West Virginia State finished in the top 40 of the NCAA Division II poll for the spring season and swept through the Mountain East Conference, going as far as the Round of 32 in the NCAA Division II National Tournament.

With Hanover being the only NCAA Division III institution in the tournament, it makes the competition even more interesting. Per first year head coach Eric LaRue, "With conference season starting next weekend, this will be a good test to see where we are physically, mentally and strategically."

Contact: Tyler Jester