GREENWOOD, Ind. – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's men's tennis team has been selected as the front runner to win the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. In a poll of the eight HCAC head coaches, the Engineers received a total of 76 points with five first place votes.
Earlham College placed second in the poll with 74 points and three first place votes, while Hanover College is picked to finish third in the conference standings this spring with 66 points. Franklin College (55 points), Manchester University (45), Defiance College (40), Mount St. Joseph University (30) and Transylvania University (30).
The Engineers are coming off a 20-9 season and 8-0 conference record, claiming the program's third HCAC championship. Rose-Hulman won the HCAC tournament and fell in the second round of the NCAA tournament to Washington (Mo.), ending its season.
RHIT returns two All-HCAC performers from last season's title winning team. Senior Cam Metzger (Westfield, Ind. / Guerin Catholic) posted a 6-1 conference record last season and finished 18-12 overall in singles play. Junior Andre Adam (Barueri, Brazil / Golegio Pentagono) recorded an 8-0 conference singles record and teamed up with Metzger at No. 2 doubles to go undefeated in HCAC play.
Earlham College will look to challenge the Engineers for the top of the HCAC standings. The Quakers finished second in the standings last spring with a 7-1 HCAC record and finished the season 18-7 overall. Earlham returns four All-HCAC members, including the HCAC Most Valuable Player from a year ago. Senior Vitalii Stadnyk (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine / International) will look to anchor the Quakers lineup after earning his third straight MVP honors last spring. Stadnyk was 14-2 against conference competition, going 7-1 at No. 1 singles and 7-1 at No. 1 doubles.
Hanover College finished the 2017 season third in the conference standings, earning a 6-2 HCAC record. The Panthers finished the season 12-11 overall. Hanover returns two All-HCAC players from last season's team, including the HCAC Freshman of the Year. Sophomore Landon Carrico (New Albany, Ind. / Providence) will look to lead the Panthers along with sophomore Brent Barrett (New Palestine, Ind. / New Palestine) in 2018. Carrico went 7-1 at No. 1 singles in league pay and earned a 3-2 doubles mark last spring.
The 2018 men's tennis season is set to begin on February 2.
Players to Watch
|Defiance||Adam Swisher||Sr.||Bedford, Mich.|
|Eline Widman||Sr.||Tiffin, Ohio|
|Jared Schnee||Fr.||Bellevue, Ohio|
|Earlham||Vitalii Stadnyk||Sr.||Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine|
|Vojislav Tatarevic||Sr.||Belgrade, Serbia|
|Aleks Sergeev||So.||Perth, Australia|
|Brandon Girodanelli||Fr.||San Antonio, Texas|
|Franklin||Alex Hammer||Greenwood, Ind.|
|Blake Anonett||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|Kyle Sauley||Madison, Ind.|
|Hanover||Dakota Smith||Sr.||Greenfield, Ind.|
|Brent Barrett||Jr.||New Palestine, Ind.|
|Landon Carrico||So.||New Albany, Ind.|
|Alec Bates||Jr.||New Albany, Ind.|
|Manchester||Garrett Bear||Sr.||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|Connor Eichenauer||Jr.||North Manchester, Ind.|
|Spencer Thomas||Sr.||Yorktown, Ind.|
|Isaac Collis||Sr.||Alexandria, Ind.|
|Mount St. Joseph||Nathan Clark||Jr.||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Cooper Wade||Sr.||Milan, Ind.|
|Ian Stutz||Sr.||Troy, Ohio|
|Guy Watkins||Jr.||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Rose-Hulman||Andre Adam||Jr.||Barueri, Brazil|
|Brendan Goldacker||Sr.||Jerseyville, Ill.|
|Cam Metzger||Sr.||Westfield, Ind.|
|Andrew Schiffman||Jr.||Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.|
|Transylvania||Luke Groene||Sr.||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Dylan Moore||Fr.||Beattyville, Ky.|
|Eric Sandknop||Sr.||Versailles, Ky.|