HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's tennis team continues its preparations for the NCAA Division III National Tournament with a home exhibition match against NCAA Division I Butler (Ind.) this weekend.
SETTING THE SCENE: The Panthers (12-4) and Bulldogs, originally scheduled for a 10 a.m. start, will now begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 16. The contest will be HC's first against an opposing school in over two weeks, as the first three scheduled matches of March have been cancelled/postponed due to weather.
SPRING REVIEW: A challenging spring slate has the Panthers with a 0-4 mark since the turn of the calendar to 2019. Hanover has faced a nationally-ranked Sewanee (Tenn.) as well as Division II Davenport (Mich.). The Panthers also suffered losses to Augustana (Ill.) and Saint Mary's (Minn.) during the team's annual Winter Break trip to Florida.
- Hanover won its sixth straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship back in the fall, running its current HCAC winning streak to 48 consecutive matches. The Panthers also won their fifth HCAC Tournament title in six years to secure the league's automatic bid into this spring's national tournament.
- The Blue and Red got off to a historic start in the fall, winning their first 12 matches, a new program record. During the stretch, HC conceded two or fewer team points in 10 matches, including seven shutouts.
- Hanover has a .750 winning percentage in doubles competition this season, producing a 36-12 overall record. Senior Ruth Gaston (Indianapolis, Ind.), along with juniors Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) and Lizzy Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) have all won double-digit doubles matches this season. The combination of Gaston and Katzenberger are 8-2 this season, while Jones and sophomore Haley Parker (Leo, Ind.) are 8-4 when paired together.
- The Panthers also have a singles winning percentage above .700, taking 64 of 89 matches. Gaston and Jones are currently tied for the team high with 11 wins, competing mainly in the Nos. 4-5 and No. 1 spots, respectively. Sophomore Addison Laker (Indianapolis, Ind.) has an 8-3 singles record and senior Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) is tied with Jones for the most career singles victories at Hanover with 38.
SCOUTING BUTLER: The Bulldogs are 8-8 this season, which includes a 6-1 victory over fellow Division III institution, DePauw (Ind.). Butler is coming off a 4-1 setback to Illinois State and enter Saturday on a two-match losing streak. The Bulldogs are 2-5 in true road games this season.
UP NEXT: The Panthers will continue their challenging spring schedule with an exhibition against NCAA Division II Bellarmine (Ky.). Hanover is set to host the match at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 23.
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