Women's tennis improves to 3-0 with win over Oakland City

Lizzy Katzenberger

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's tennis team continued its strong start to the 2018-19 season, staying unbeaten after a 9-0 triumph over Oakland City (Ind.) at home Thursday evening.

For the first time in over a decade, the Panthers have started a season 3-0. For HC, all three wins this fall have come by a count of 9-0. With the loss, the Mighty Oaks fall to 3-4 on the season.

Has been the case all season, the Blue and Red got off to fast start, taking all three doubles matches easily. In two appearances this week, Hanover has conceded one game or fewer in all six doubles matches.

Taking the top doubles spot, 8-1, were senior Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.). The duo is now 21-4 in doubles competition since the start of the 2017-18 campaign. Another junior-senior combo, Caroline Millard (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Ruth Gaston (Indianapolis, Ind.), also improved to 3-0 on the season, winning the No. 2 match Thursday, 8-1.

Rounding out doubles play was the tandem of junior Lizzy Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) and freshman Maddie Shannon (Anderson, Ind.). Thursday marked the pair's first official doubles match this fall, as they won 8-0.

Singles play saw four Panthers improve to 3-0 on the young season, including Farrell and junior Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.), as well as sophomores Addison Laker (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Mia Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.). Jones, Farrell and Katzenberger swept their OCU opponents in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, in the Nos. 1, 2 and 4 spots, respectively. Laker earned a 6-0, 6-2 decision in the No. 3 slot.

With the match already decided, Lizzy Katzenberger and Shannon played pro-sets at Nos. 5 and 6. Both Panthers picked up their second wins of the day by a score of 8-0.

In three matches this season, Hanover has conceded two games our fewer during doubles and singles play a combined 37 times out of a possible 43 sets. The Panthers have also blanked their opponents in 24 frames.

The Blue and Red will look to stay unbeaten when they close out their season-opening homestand by welcoming Ind.-Southeast this weekend. The Panthers and Grenadiers are now slated for a 10 a.m., revised start time Saturday, Sept. 22.

Contact: Tyler Jester