Season ends for women's tennis in NCAA Tournament First Round

Susie Winternheimer

ATLANTA – The Hanover College women's tennis team bowed out of the NCAA Division III National Tournament in the opening round to North Carolina Wesleyan, effectively ending its 2018-19 season.

The Panthers fell victim to the Battling Bishops by a score of 5-0, as NC Wesleyan, ranked among the top 11 teams in the Atlantic South region, improves to 16-4 overall. Hanover concludes it campaign at 13-5.

Hanover dropped all three doubles matches to fall in an early 3-0 deficit. Senior Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) won the most games of any pair for HC, taking three victories in the top slot.

The Blue and Red were then blanked in straight set losses at Nos. 2 and 4 singles to deny any comeback opportunity. Winternheimer and sophomore Haley Parker (Leo, Ind.) had each won three games in singles play at Nos. 3 and 5 but did not finish their contests. Junior Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) had two wins at No. 1, while sophomore Mia Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) was tied at 1-1 in the second set when the overall match was called.

The Panthers' appearance in the national tournament was their second straight and fifth in the past six years. Hanover went 8-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play back in the fall, extending its league regular season winning streak to 48 matches. The Blue and Red also updated the record book in the fall, winning their first 12 matches for the best start in program history.

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