Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's tennis team will look to capture its fourth championship in five seasons at the HCAC Tournament at West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis this weekend.
The Panthers won their fifth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship this season and will look to qualify for its fifth straight appearance in the championship match. The victor will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III National Tournament this spring.
Hanover has a first round bye and their opponent will either be No. 4 Manchester (4-5, 4-3 HCAC) or No. 5 Transylvania (5-7, 3-4 HCAC) in the semifinals, which will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, October 21.
In the Panthers' last matchup against Manchester, Hanover won 8-1. Against Transylvania earlier this season, Hanover posted an 8-1 score to beat the Pioneers. The Blue and Red dropped both games against MU and Transy in singles competition.
In their most recent match, the Panthers defeated Defiance 8-1, securing their fifth straight undefeated season in the HCAC. For the year, Hanover posted a 7-2 overall record to go along with their 7-0 mark in the HCAC. Overall, Hanover has won forty straight conference regular season matches.
Junior Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) went 7-2 overall including a 7-0 conference record while competing primarily in the No. 3 singles slot. Sophomore Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) posted a 6-3 overall record and a 5-2 in-conference slate while competing primarily at No. 2 singles.
Freshman Haley Parker (Leo, Ind.) went 7-2 overall and 6-1 in-conference while establishing herself as the No. 4 singles player. Classmates Addison Laker (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Mia Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) combined for a 12-1 overall record including a perfect 11-0 in-conference record while competing in the No. 5 and No. 6 singles slots.
In doubles action, two of the three Panther tandems went 7-0 in HCAC action. The team of Winternheimer and sophomore Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) had a 7-2 overall record while the team of Jones and Parker posted an 8-1 mark. The team of senior Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) and sophomore Caroline Millard (Cincinnati, Ohio) posted a 5-4 overall record including a 5-2 in-conference mark while playing in the No. 1 slot.
If Hanover were to advance to the HCAC championship match, it will be at 10 a.m. this Sunday, October 22.
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