Women's tennis secures sixth straight HCAC regular season title with wins at Defiance and Manchester

Maddie Shannon

HANOVER, Ind. – With a pair of 9-0 road wins at Defiance and Manchester Saturday, the Hanover women's tennis team secured its sixth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship.

The Panthers stayed unbeaten this fall, improving to 10-0 overall, while concluding HCAC play at 8-0. Hanover also moved its HCAC regular season winning streak to 48 straight matches Saturday.

Leading the way for HC were senior Ruth Gaston (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Maddie Shannon (Anderson, Ind.), who were apart of four team points each.

Gaston went 2-0 in doubles play with sophomore Lizzy Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.), winning at No. 2 against Defiance, 8-2, before taking the No. 2 slot at Manchester, 8-0. Gaston also earned straight set wins in top three singles slots, outscoring her opponents over four frames by a count of 24-3.

Shannon and junior Caroline Millard (Cincinnati, Ohio) won the No. 3 doubles spot in both matches, earning decisions of 8-0 and 8-2, respectively. Shannon then added a pair of victories at No. 6 singles, highlighted by a 6-0, 6-0 triumph versus the Spartans in the nightcap.

The top doubles spot saw senior Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) win 8-4 versus Defiance. The duo also went on to earn team points in the top two singles spots at MU.

The combo of junior Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) and sophomore Haley Parker (Leo, Ind.) earned an 8-2 decision at No. 1 doubles in the second half of the road doubleheader. Jones won at No. 1 singles in the morning session, 7-5, 6-2, while Parker also took the No. 4 spot in the same match, 6-0, 6-0.

A pair of sophomores in Mia Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) and Addison Laker (Indianapolis, Ind.) each won singles competition twice Saturday. Katzenberger won in straight sets, conceding just six games over four frames, improving to 16-0 in her collegiate career. Laker also took a pair of straight-set decisions, highlighted by a 6-1, 6-0 performance against Manchester.

Overall, the Panthers completed the eight-match conference gauntlet by outscoring their opponents by a combined total of 66-5. Included in conference competition were a quintet of 9-0 victories.

Hanover will be the No. 1 seed in next weekend's HCAC Tournament, which will take place in Indianapolis, Ind. at West Indy Racquet Club. The Blue and Red receive a first round bye and will play in the semifinal round at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20. The HCAC Tournament Finals, which determine the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III National Tournament in the spring, is slated for 10 a.m. the following day, Oct. 21.

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