Pioneers Strive for Eighth Consecutive HCAC Mens Tennis Championship
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The 2010 men’s tennis season will come to a close this weekend, as the HCAC championships will be held this Saturday and Sunday in Indianapolis. The tournament will be hosted by Defiance College and held at the West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis. Transylvania will look to claim the school’s eighth straight HCAC championship, earning the conference’s automatic qualifier for the NCAA tournament that begins May 14.
The Pioneers (6-0 HCAC) enter the 2010 tournament riding a 60 match win streak in conference play.
|HCAC Men's Tennis Tournament|
|Saturday, May 1||Time/Result|
|Match 1:||#8 Manchester vs. #1 Transylvania||Transylvania, 5-0|
|Match 2:||#5 Franklin vs. #4 Defiance||Franklin, 5-1|
|Match 3:||#6 Anderson vs. #3 Hanover||Hanover, 5-3|
|Match 4:||#7 Mt. St. Joseph vs. #2 Rose-Hulman||Rose-Hulman, 7-0|
|Sunday, May 2|
|Match 5:||Transylvania vs. Franklin||Transylvania, 5-0|
|Match 6:||Hanover vs. Rose-Hulman||Rose-Hulman, 5-2|
|Match 7:||Transylvania vs. Rose-Hulman||Transylvania, 5-2|
Transy has been led by sophomore Will Palmer (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) at the No. 1 singles and doubles position this spring, posting an 8-1 overall conference record. Senior Dalton Main (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier) and sophomore Joseph Glass (Paris, Ky./Bourbon Co.) have been solid all season long for the Pioneers. Main finished 4-0 at No. 3 and 4 singles and posted a 6-0 mark in No. 2 and 3 doubles. His doubles partner Glass finished 10-0 on the conference season, finishing 5-0 in singles and doubles play.
Rose-Hulman (5-2 HCAC) will look to dethrone Transylvania from their rule in the HCAC this weekend. Rose and Transy met back on March 21, with the Pioneers claiming a narrow 5-4 win over the No. 2 Engineers. RHIT has been led by seniors Scott Grubbs (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette) and Michael Schoumacher (Memphis, Tenn./White Station) this season. Grubbs posted a 6-1 conference mark at the No. 2 singles position and a 4-1 record at No. 1 doubles. Schoumacher finished 7-0 at No. 3 singles and teamed with Grubbs in doubles action.
Hanover (5-2 HCAC) will look to pull off a string of victories to claim the conference crown. Freshman Steven Gilliam (Fishers, Ind./H.S.) and junior Ben Voorhorst (Warsaw, Ind./H.S.) have been steady for the Panthers this spring. Gilliam finished the season 4-1 at No. 1 singles and posted a 4-2 mark at the top doubles position, while Voorhorst finished 9-3 overall at No. 4 singles and No. 3 doubles. Hanover’s two conference losses were to the top two seeds in the conference, Transylvania and Rose-Hulman. HC fell to Transy 5-0 and lost to the Engineers 5-3.
Action will get underway Saturday morning at 8:00 AM with the semifinal and championship matches being held Sunday.