Panthers' postseason preparations continue with weekend trip to Kentucky

Meghan Farrell

HANOVER, Ind. – After a successful stint in Florida, the Hanover women's tennis team will continue its preparations for the NCAA Division III National Tournament on the road this weekend.

The Panthers (14-4) will travel to face Centre (Ky.) at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 10, for what will be their second to last regular season match of the spring.

NEARING PROGRAM WIN RECORD: Hanover currently has 14 wins, two shy of tying last year's total of 16 victories, which is the highest mark in a single season for the women's tennis program. The Blue and Red have won double-digit matches in each of the last five years, accumulating a 72-23 (.758) mark during the stretch.

RECAPPING FLORIDA TRIP: The Panthers used the College's annual Winter Break to trek to Florida for the second consecutive year. After suffering a trip-opening loss to Augustana (Ill.), in a battle of teams with double-digit victories, Hanover won its last three matches against Adrian (Mich.), 9-0, Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.), 8-1, and Saint Mary's (Minn.), 6-3. The Blue and Red outscored their opponents won over the last three matches, 23-4. Hanover dominated doubles play over its last three appearances, going a combined 8-1.

DYNAMIC DOUBLES DUO: Junior Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) have been a large part of Hanover's success in doubles play this year, teaming up to go 16-2 this season. The duo has won 13 straight doubles matches, highlighted by a 9-7 triumph over a pair from Saint Mary's last time out. During the winning streak, Winternheimer and Farrell have conceded four games or fewer 10 times, including five 8-0 decisions.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR SHINING IN SINGLES PLAY: 2017 HCAC Freshman of the Year, Haley Parker (Leo, Ind.), posted an unblemished singles record during the Florida trip, winning all four of her matches in straight sets. In her last 10 singles appearances, Parker is 7-1, with two unfinished matches. On the season, the freshman is 13-3, with all of her outings coming in the No. 4 slot.

SCOUTING THE COLONELS: Centre will enter Saturday with a 3-5 overall record and will face nationally-ranked Sewanee (Tenn.) in the morning before squaring off with Hanover. One common opponent for the Colonels and Panthers this year has been Transylvania, who both sides defeated in the fall, 6-3 and 8-1, respectively. Saturday will mark Centre's first neutral site matches of the season, though they will be playing just over 30 minutes from campus.

Contact: Tyler Jester