Panthers take two-of-three to open spring schedule

Meghan Farrell and Susie Winternheimer

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's tennis team opened its spring season this past weekend, winning two of three matches during a southern road trip.

The Panthers (11-3) won the opening two matches of the trip on Saturday, picking up 5-0 and 5-4 decisions over Belhaven (Miss.) and Covenant (Ga.), respectively. Hanover's eight-match winning streak however, was snapped by No. 17 Sewanee (Tenn.) Sunday afternoon, 8-1.

The duo of junior Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) were a perfect 3-0 in the No. 3 doubles spot this weekend. Highlighting the three-game stretch for Winternheimer and Farrell were a pair of 8-0 victories Saturday. They added an 8-5 decision at Sewanee Sunday. Winternheimer went on to pick up a 6-0, 6-2 win in the No. 3 singles spot against Belhaven.

Sophomore Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.), fresh off being named HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player in the fall, returned to form this weekend, picking up two of three singles victories at No. 2. Jones won a combined 31 games over six sets. She recorded 6-0, 6-1 and 6-3, 6-3 wins over Belhaven and Covenant Saturday.

The Panthers got off to a fast start against Belhaven, conceding just 10 games in the three doubles matches, sweeping the first three points. Jones and WInternheimer secured the 5-0 win with singles victories.

In the night cap of the Saturday doubleheader, the Blue and Red fell behind 2-1 after doubles action. Hanover responded by taking four the six singles matches to secure the team win. To go along with Jones' victory, freshmen Haley Parker (Leo, Ind.) and Addison Laker (Indianapolis, Ind.), along with junior Ruth Gaston (Indianapolis, Ind.), each won in straight sets in the fourth through sixth slots.

Sunday saw the Panthers fall behind 2-1 in doubles play again, but unfortunately, they were unable to rally the second consecutive come-from-behind victory, falling to the nationally-ranked and unbeaten Tigers on the road.

Hanover will continue its busy stretch of matches with four contests in three days, beginning Sunday, Feb. 25. The Panthers will travel back to Orlando, Fla. for the second straight season during the school's annual Winter Break, and will face Augustana (Ill.), Adrian (Mich.), Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) and Saint Mary's (Minn.).

Contact: Tyler Jester