INDIANAPOLIS – After winning its sixth straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship and fifth tournament title in six years, the Hanover women's tennis team was honored with two annual awards and six all-conference selections.
Junior Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) was announced Wednesday morning as the conference's most valuable player, while Eric LaRue was given the Coach of the Year award for the second straight year. Jones, along with senior Susie Winterneheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.), junior Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Addison Laker (Indianapolis, Ind.) all received first team honors. Senior Ruth Gaston (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Mia Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) were tabbed to the honorable mention team as well.
LaRue became just the second coach in program history to win the conference regular season and tournament titles in each of their first two years, as he has guided the Panthers to a perfect 12-0 start this season. The unblemished fall record marks the best start in program history. Hanover also went 8-0 in HCAC play, extending its current HCAC regular season winning streak to 48 matches.
Jones was a combined 20-0 in singles and doubles play this fall, including a 7-0 record in conference singles and doubles matches. The junior earned straight set decisions in all 10 singles victories and conceded three or fewer games in seven doubles outings.
Jones, who is receiving the program's fifth conference MVP award, was also named the HCAC tournament MVP for the second straight year. The junior posted two doubles and one singles win during the semifinal and final rounds of the event.
Joining Jones on the first team all-HCAC for the third straight season is Farrell. The junior posted a 5-3 overall singles record this fall, including a 4-1 conference mark. Farrell also teamed with Winternheimer at No. 1 doubles, as the duo went 7-3 overall and 3-3 in HCAC action. Winternheimer, who is picking up her fourth first team all-conference award, added a 5-1 HCAC singles record.
Honored for the first time in her collegiate career, Laker produced an unblemished 6-0 conference singles record and was 8-1 overall. The sophomore also participated in three doubles matches, all in HCAC play, going 3-0.
Hanover's two honorable mention selections, Gaston and Katzenberger, are receiving their first all-HCAC awards. Gaston, who was the HCAC Player of the Week during the team's regular season championship-clinching stretch, went 10-0 in singles play that included an 8-0 conference mark. The senior was also 10-1 in doubles and 7-0 in HCAC appearances.
Katzenberger has solely competed as a singles player this fall, going 10-0 overall and 7-0 in HCAC action. The sophomore is now 17-0 in her collegiate singles career.
Junior Caroline Millard (Cincinnati, Ohio) was selected as Hanover's conference all-sportsmanship selection. Millard has been a doubles competitor for HC this season, producing a 6-0 overall mark and 5-0 tally in conference play.
The Panthers' conference winning streak dates back to the 2012-13 season, a stretch that has featured 39 all-conference selections, including six members in each of the past six seasons.
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