Loss to No. 1 Emory ends Panthers' season in NCAA Tournament Second Round

Addison Laker

SEWANEE, Tenn. – The Hanover women's tennis team saw its history-making season come to an end Saturday afternoon, falling to No. 1 Emory (Ga.) in the second round of the NCAA Division III National Tournament, 5-0.

The Panthers, who were coming off their first NCAA Tournament victory in program history Friday, finish the season 16-6 overall. Emory, the top ranked team in the country according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, improved to 14-4 this year and stayed unbeaten against Division III opponents.

Just as Hanover did to Webster (Mo.) in the opening round, the Eagles swept the Panthers in doubles competition to take an early 3-0 advantage, needing just two singles victories to secure the match.

Losses in the first two singles matches to finish, the Nos. 1 and 4 spots, earned Emory its spot in the regional's championship match against the host, The University of the South (Sewanee), Sunday afternoon. Sewanee defeated Washington-St. Louis (Mo.) in the other match, 5-4, to advance.

Hanover won 10 games over the six singles matches, including five from senior Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) in the No. 6 slot. Freshman Addison Laker (Indianapolis, Ind.) also took multiple games against her opponent in the No. 5 match.

The Blue and Red conclude their season by tying the program record for most wins in a single season, 16. As mentioned early, HC also won its first NCAA Tournament match, defeating Webster by a count of 5-0.

Additionally, Hanover won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season title for the fifth consecutive year and garnered its fourth conference tournament title in the past five years as well in the fall. Under first year head coach Eric LaRue, 2017-18 HCAC Coach of the Year, the Panthers also improved their regular season conference winning streak to 40 matches after a 7-0 league campaign.

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