Women's tennis suffers first setback of season to No. 12 Sewanee

Mia Katzenberger

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. –  The Hanover women's tennis team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday evening, falling in a neutral-site match against nationally-ranked Sewanee (Tenn.), 8-1.

The Panthers opened their spring slate Saturday after posting a 12-0 record in the fall, which included Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships. Hanover's tournament title ensured the team its fifth NCAA Division III National Tournament appearance in the past six seasons.

The No. 12 Tigers (3-0), who hosted HC during last season's NCAA Tournament regional rounds, got off to a fast start, winning two of the three doubles matches, and later won all six singles contests at the Top Seed Tennis Club. Hanover has taken the only team point against Sewanee this season.

Sophomores Addison Laker (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Mia Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) earned the Blue and Red's lone victory with an 8-6 decision at No. 3 doubles. Junior Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) and sophomore Haley Parker (Leo, Ind.) suffered their first doubles loss of the 2018-19 campaign, falling 8-4 in the No. 2 spot. The tandem is now 8-1 when paired together.

Katzenberger also saw her singles' win streak come to an end, as she fell 7-5, 7-6 in the No. 6 slot. The sophomore entered Saturday with an unblemished 17-0 record in her collegiate career.

Senior Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) battled in a three-set match at No. 3 singles, before ultimately falling by a count of 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Hanover will look to bounce back and continue its national tournament preparations with three matches in three days at the USTA National Training Center, in Orlando, Fla., during the College's annual winter break. The Panthers are slated to open the stretch at 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24, against Augustana (Ill.).

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