HANOVER, Ind. – With the Hanover women's tennis team reporting this week, we open our season preview series with a look at the incoming junior and senior classes.
The Panthers are coming off a record-setting season in 2017-18, as the squad produced a 16-6 overall record, its fifth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship, its fourth conference tournament championship in five years and its first NCAA National Tournament victory, a 5-0 triumph over Webster (Mo.) in the opening round.
Hanover will have the luxury of returning nearly its entire roster from last season, losing just one senior, Alana Feeley, who is now a volunteer assistant coach for the team. The two incoming seniors for Hanover include Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Ruth Gaston (Indianapolis, Ind.). A bevy of juniors return as well, including Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.), Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.), Lizzy Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) and Caroline Millard (Cincinnati, Ohio).
Winternheimer, a three-time first team all-HCAC selection will look to lead the talented group of upperclassmen. The senior went 11-7 in singles action last season, while she and Farrell combined to produce a team-best 18-4 doubles record.
Farrell, who is 32-13 in doubles matches for her career, was also slotted in the top spot for HC in singles action a year ago. The junior has also received all-conference recognition in each of her first two seasons.
Jones, 2017 HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player and first team selection, tied for the team high in singles victories last season, going 14-6, predominately competing at the No. 2 spot. The now junior is 27-16 in career singles matches and 31-15 over two years of doubles matches.
Millard saw her first extended action in 2017-18, as she picked up HCAC honorable mention accolades. Over her first two seasons, the Cincinnati native has seen most of playing time come in doubles action, where she is 16-14.
Gaston and Katzenberger will look to add depth to the squad this season. Gaston was 6-4 in singles competition over the past two years, while Katzenberger's freshman campaign in 2016-17 saw her go 11-7 in solo action.
The Hanover juniors and seniors have a combined nine all-conference selections, including seven first team awards.
The Panthers are slated to open the 2018-19 season with the Georgetown (Ky.) Invitational Saturday, Sept. 8. Hanover will then open conference and dual play the following Saturday, Sept. 15, when they host Anderson.
Contact: Tyler Jester