INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference head coaches have projected the Hanover women's tennis team to win its seventh consecutive regular season crown announced Friday afternoon by the league office.
Winners of the past six HCAC regular season championships and five of the last six tournament titles, the Panthers received 80 points and nine first place votes. Hanover registered its fifth first place honor in the last six years (2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014).
Transylvania tallied 67 points to claim the second-place spot, while Rose-Hulman registered the final first place vote with 58 points to round out the top three. Anderson (57) finished fourth, followed by Franklin (45), Earlham (34), Manchester (26), Defiance (20) and Mount St. Joseph (18).
In 2018, the Blue and Red continued their dominance in the HCAC improving their unblemished record to 47-0 in HCAC regular season matches. Under third year head coach Eric LaRue, Hanover has burst onto the national scene competing at the NCAA Division III Tournament in each of his first two seasons. The Panthers made history in 2017-18 as they recorded the programs first ever Tournament victory defeating Webster (Mo.) in the opening round, 5-0.
Hanover returns a strong core for the 2019-20 campaign as they welcome back two-time Most Valuable Player, Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.), along side All-HCAC selections Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.), Addison Laker (Indianapolis, Ind.), and Mia Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.).
The Panthers open the 2019 campaign on Saturday, September 7 at the DePauw Fall Invitational.