SEWANEE, Tenn. – The Hanover women's tennis team made history Friday afternoon, earning the program's first NCAA Division III National Tournament victory at the University of the South, defeating Webster (Mo.) 5-0 in opening round action.
The Panthers, who are appearing in their fourth NCAA National Tournament in the past five seasons, also tied the program record for wins in a single season Friday, improving to 16-5 overall. Webster, the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion, closes its 2017-18 campaign with a 12-6 overall mark.
Hanover's top doubles team, in terms of record, got the squad off a fast start, as junior Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) earned an 8-1 win in the No. 3 doubles spot. Farrell and Winternheimer improve to 18-3 on the season with the victory. Both players were winning their singles matches but did not finish.
The Blue and Red swept the doubles portion of its match with the Gorlocks to lead 3-0. Sophomore Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) and freshman Haley Parker (Leo, Ind.) won 8-3 at No. 2, while senior Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) and sophomore Caroline Millard (Cincinnati, Ohio) followed with an 8-6 triumph in the No. 1 slot.
Feeley cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory in the No. 6 singles spot, giving the Panthers a 4-0 lead. Freshman Addison Laker (Indianapolis, Ind.) also won 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 5 slot, securing the team win for HC. Jones had also won her first singles set, but like Farrell and Winternheimer, she did not need to finish.
With the win, Hanover advances to the second round of the national tournament and will face No. 1 Emory (Ga.) at 11 a.m. CT, Saturday, May 12. The top-ranked Eagles will enter the match with a 13-4 overall record. Second round play will also take place in Sewanee, Tenn. at The University of the South's Brunton-Guerry Tennis Courts.
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