Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's tennis team will look to continue its strong start the spring season as they travel to Florida to face a quartet of non-conference opponents.
The Panthers (2-1) open the weekend against Augustana (Ill.) this Sunday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m., before a doubleheader on Monday, Feb. 26 against Adrian (Mich.) and Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) at noon and 6 p.m., respectively. They will end the trip by competing against Saint Mary's (Minn.) at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27.
THE COMPETITION: Augustana (Ill.) currently sits at 11-1 on the season riding a 5-match win streak. Their second opponent, Adrian (Mich.), sports a 0-4 overall record. Their third opponent, Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.), currently sits at 1-5 on the season. Their final opponent, Saint Mary's (Minn.), enters the trip at 3-5, with their last 5 games alternating between wins and losses.
RECAPPING LAST YEAR'S FLORIDA TRIP : Last year on the winter break trip, the Panthers posted a 3-2 record, highlighted by wins over Adrian (Mich.), Wartbug (Iowa) and NCAA Division II institution, Mary (N.D.). Hanover's two losses during the 2017 winter break trip came to the NAIA's Davenport (Mich.) and Augustana. In HC's three wins, the team conceded just four points, while winning 25 combined sets in doubles and singles play.
STRONG START TO THE SEASON: Just as they started their fall season, the Blue and Red started their spring campaign with a 2-1 record. Their wins came against Belhaven (Tenn.) and Covenant (Ga.) by scores of 5-0 and 5-4, respectively. Although the Panthers lost their most recent match, it was to Sewanee (Tenn.) who is currently ranked No. 17 in the ITA NCAA Division III poll.
FRESHMEN TALENT: Freshmen Mia Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.), Addison Laker (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Haley Parker (Leo, Ind.) have combined for a 24-5 record, accounting for half of the squad's singles wins on the season. For the season, Katzenberger has gone 6-0 in No. 6 singles, Laker has tallied a 9-2 mark at No. 5 and Parker has accrued a 9-3 record in the No. 4 slot.
DOUBLES STRENGTH: Doubles play has been an area of strength for Hanover this season, having gone 30-12 so far. The No. 1 team of senior Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) and sophomore Caroline Millard (Cincinnati, Ohio) has gone 7-7 so far. The duo of sophomore Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) have accrued a 12-2 overall record, including a 9-0 mark in the No. 3 slot. The team of sophomore Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) and Parker have gone 11-3, going 7-2 in the No. 2 slot and 4-1 at three doubles.
UP NEXT: The Panthers will continue preparations for the NCAA Division III National Tournament by traveling to face Centre (Ky.) at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 10. Hanover earned the HCAC's automatic bid into the national tournament by winning the conference's postseason tournament in the fall.
Contact: Tyler Jester