GREENWOOD, Ind. – After winning its fifth straight HCAC regular season championship this fall, the Hanover women's tennis team was honored with two annual awards and six all-conference selections.
In his first year with the Panthers, head coach Eric LaRue led the team to a 9-2 overall record this fall, while also guiding the team to a 7-0 mark in the HCAC, as he received Coach of the Year accolades. LaRue, who is earning HC's fifth straight conference Coach of the Year award, also coached the team to its fourth HCAC Tournament Championship in the past five years. With the tournament championship, the squad also earned the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III National Tournament this upcoming spring.
Also earning an annual award from the conference was Haley Parker (Leo, Ind.), as she was named Freshman of the Year. Parker, who is also a HCAC honorable mention selection, finished the fall with an 8-2 overall and 6-1 HCAC singles record. The freshman also registered a 10-1 doubles mark, including a perfect 7-0 record in HCAC play.
Parker's doubles partner, sophomore Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.), was one of three all-HCAC honorees for the Panthers. Jones added a 5-2 conference singles record, finishing the fall 8-3 overall. The sophomore was also named HCAC Tournament MVP after picking up a maximum four points over HC's two matches.
The tandem of junior Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) produced an unblemished 7-0 conference record in the No. 3 doubles spot, as both were named all-HCAC award winners. The No.3 doubles pair added a 9-2 overall record as well. Winternheimer competed mainly in the No. 3 singles spot as well, going 7-2 overall and 7-0 in HCAC play. Farrell competed in the top singles spot throughout the fall, as she won three conference matches.
Winternheimer is garnering her third all-HCAC selection, while both Farrell and Jones are each earning their second honor.
Joining Parker with HCAC honorable mention accolades this fall are senior Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) and sophomore Caroline Millard (Cincinnati, Ohio). The two teamed together to play in the No. 1 doubles matches for HC, where they posted a 5-2 conference record. Feeley and Millard also added 1-0 singles marks during HCAC play.
Freshman Mia Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) was another Panthers that received recognition from the conference, as she was named to the all-sportsmanship team. Katzenberger competed solely in the No. 6 singles spot, where she tallied an overall record of 6-0, including a 5-0 mark in the HCAC.
Dating back to the 2012-13 season, Hanover has won 40 consecutive HCAC regular season contests. During the stretch, the Panthers have earned 33 all-conference awards, including six in each of the past five seasons.
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