Women's tennis blanks MSJ for LaRue's 100th career win

Team huddle

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's tennis team stayed unbeaten with a 9-0 home win over Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Mount St. Joseph Tuesday evening.

The win featured a few milestone moments for the Hanover women's tennis program. First, the Panthers (8-0, 6-0 HCAC) have now run their current HCAC regular season win streak to 46 consecutive matches. Head coach Eric LaRue also recorded his 100th career women's coaching victory. Since taking over prior to the start of the 2017-18 season, LaRue has guided the Panther women to a 24-6 overall mark.

The Blue and Red dropped just seven total games over nine matches Tuesday, which included a combined doubles total of 24-2. Senior Ruth Gaston (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior Lizzy Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) earned an 8-0 decision at No. 2 to highlight doubles play.

Gaston went on to blank her opponent in the No. 2 singles match, 6-0, 6-0, improving her season overall record to a perfect 7-0. Katzenberger also competed in singles, moving to 2-0 on the year after a 6-0, 6-1 win in the sixth slot. Overall, HC had eight singles sets go in their favor by a count of 6-0.

Joining Gaston in not conceding a game over two singles sets was sophomore Haley Parker (Leo, Ind.). Parker competed in the No. 4 spot, improving to 3-0 overall and in the HCAC this fall. The sophomore was joined by junior Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) in the No. 1 doubles match, where the duo won, 8-1. Jones, who is now 8-0 in singles competition, went on to take the top slot by a count of 6-0, 6-1.

Another Panther player that picked up a team point in singles and doubles play was freshman Maddie Shannon (Anderson, Ind.). Shannon teamed with junior Caroline Millard (Cincinnati, Ohio) at No. 3 doubles, where they earned an 8-1 decision. Shannon proceeded to win the No. 5 singles match, 6-2, 6-0.

Rounding out the Blue and Red's performance was sophomore Addison Laker (Indianapolis, Ind.). Laker only competed in singles action, where she won in the No. 3 spot by a score of 6-0, 6-1.

Hanover has already secured a spot in the HCAC Tournament next weekend, Oct. 19-21, which will take place in Indianapolis at the West Indy Racquet Club. The Panthers have won four of the past five conference tournaments.

The Blue and Red will look to secure their sixth straight HCAC regular season title this Saturday, Oct. 13, with a pair of road matches. Hanover will travel to face Defiance at 8 a.m. before trekking to Manchester for a 2 p.m. matinee match the same day.

Contact: Tyler Jester