Women's Tennis Preview: Singles

Susan Winternheimer about to return ball

Hanover finished the 2016-17 campaign with a 16-7 overall record, tying the program mark for victories in a single season, which was originally set in 2015-16. The Panthers also went 8-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, earning their fourth straight regular season championship.

The Blue and Red will carry a 33-game HCAC regular season winning streak into this season, and the team was recently picked by the league's head coaches to finish second in the HCAC standings this fall. To see all of the preseason predictions, visit the link above.

Hanover's strength last season came during singles play, as the team posted a 45-3 record in HCAC matches. The Panthers' .938 winning percentage marked the fourth straight year the team had won over 75 percent of its conference singles contests, while it also marked the highest winning percentage during the span.

Junior Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) has the most career singles victories of any athlete on the squad this season, as she has a 22-19 overall record over her first two years with the Blue and Red. Winternheimer went 15-8 last season, including a 7-1 mark in HCAC play, en route to her second all-conference honor.

A trio of freshmen also produced double-digit victories last season, as Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.)Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) and Lizzy Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) will all look to improve even more in their sophomore campaigns.

Farrell and Jones each won 13 singles matches last year, while Katzenberger added 11 victories. The trio combined to go 21-1 in HCAC singles contests last fall.

Senior Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) has a career singles record of 21-7 at Hanover. Despite not competing in HCAC singles action last year, Feeley posted an unblemished 11-0 mark in conference action during her first two years on the squad.

Hanover opens the 2017 fall schedule at 11 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 3, as they travel to face IU-Southeast.

Contact: Tyler Jester