HANOVER, Ind. – Fresh off a season-opening victory last weekend, the Hanover women's tennis team will close out a four-match homestand with three contests this week.
SCHEDULE: The Panthers (1-0) open the week with their second Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest of the season, as they host Earlham at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19. Hanover will then break from conference play with outings against Oakland City (Ind.) and Ind.-Southeast on Thursday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 22, respectively.
BLANKING ANDERSON: The Blue and Red got off to a strong start this fall, defeating Anderson 9-0 in their home and conference opener last Saturday. Not only did HC blank the Ravens on the final scoreboard, but they also added shutouts in four singles sets. Hanover posted five shutouts during the 2017-18 campaign, including three against HCAC opponents.
STREAKS STAY ALIVE: With the win over Anderson, Hanover has now won 41 consecutive HCAC regular season matches. The five-time defending regular season conference champions are a combined 56-7 against HCAC opponents in league, non-conference and tournament play since the start of the 2012-13 season.
Sophomore Mia Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) also kept a personal streak going during the Anderson match. Katzenberger won at No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-1, improving to 8-0 in her collegiate career. All eight of Katzenberger's victories have come in the sixth singles slot.
DOUBLES DELIGHT: The Panthers began their season-opener in dominating fashion, sweeping doubles play, which included a pair of 8-1 decisions. Hanover is coming off a 2017-18 season that saw the team go 44-22 (.667) overall and 19-2 (.905) in the HCAC during doubles action. Leading the charge during doubles competition has been senior Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.). The duo has gone 19-4 over the past two seasons and are coming off an 8-1 triumph in the No. 1 spot against AU.
LOOKING TO MAKE HISTORY: The Blue and Red will have an opportunity Wednesday evening to produce its first 2-0 overall record since the 2015-16 season. Since 2005-06, the last time HC won back-to-back 9-0 matches to start a season, the Panthers have won their opening two outings just three times. In none of the three previous instances has HC started a campaign 3-0.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Hanover's first opponent, Earlham, enters Wednesday's match 1-1 with a victory over Ohio Christian and an 8-1 setback in conference play to Rose-Hulman last week. Since the Quakers joined the HCAC, Hanover has defeated them in all eight appearances, including each of the last five by a 9-0 count.
Oakland City has been busy this fall, already producing a 3-3 mark. The Mighty Oaks lost to Franklin, 7-2, but are currently riding a two-match winning streak. During the recent stretch, OCU defeated Webster (Mo.), 9-0, who was HC's first round opponent in the national tournament last spring.
The Grenadiers will be competing in their first dual match of the season when they come to Hanover this weekend. IU-Southeast went 11-9 last year and made an appearance in the River States Conference tournament championship. This will be the third meeting in the last four years between the two sides, with each team earning one win since 2015-16.
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