Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's tennis team is set to play its last scheduled match of the 2018-19 regular season as they travel to face Oakland City (Ind.).
The Panthers (12-4) will square off against the Mighty Oaks at 12 p.m., Saturday, April 6.
IN RECENT ACTION: The Blue and Red last took the court for their Senior Day, when they hosted an exhibition match against NCAA Division II institution Bellarmine (Ky.) on March 30. Seniors Ruth Gaston (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) were honored, with Winternheimer and junior Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) garnering a 7-6 win in doubles play.
The Panthers have above a .700 win percentage in both singles and doubles action. In doubles, the duo of Farrell and Winternheimer are 8-5 in the No. 1 spot. Meanwhile, the tandem of junior Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) and sophomore Haley Parker (Leo, Ind.) also has eight victories, as does the combo of Gaston and junior Lizzy Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.). In total, HC is 36-12 in doubles play.
In singles, Gaston, Jones, and sophomore Mia Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) all have 11 individual wins. Gaston has a 6-1 mark in the No. 4 slot, with multiple victories as the No. 3 and No. 5 as well. Jones has done all her damage in No. 1 flights, going 11-3. Katzenberger has won eight of her 11 in the No. 6 matches, with additional victories in the No. 4 and 5 slots in the fall. All told, the Panthers are 64-25 in solo competition.
As a unit, HC has won six straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season titles, including this past fall. In that timeframe, Hanover has claimed victories in 48 consecutive league matchups.
Over the same time span, the Panthers have won five HCAC Tournament championships, giving them their fifth berth in six years into the NCAA Division III national tournament this spring.
In the fall, the women triumphed in their first 12 straight matches, setting a new program mark. Over that span, they allowed two or fewer points 10 times, with seven shutouts.
SCOUTING OAKLAND CITY: The Oakland City Mighty Oaks are 5-12 in 2019, with a recent triumph coming against Johnson University (Tenn.) on March 30, when they mustered a 5-4 final. During the fall calendar, HC beat the Mighty Oaks by a score of 9-0 at home.
Contact: Tyler Jester