INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's men's tennis team claimed the school's fourth-straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference team championship on Sunday afternoon. The Engineers finished in first place during the regular season with a perfect 7-0 mark and claimed the tournament title at West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis.
Rose-Hulman posted a 5-0 win over Franklin College before knocking off No. 2 seed Earlham in the championship.
In Sunday's championship match with Earlham, the Engineers earned a 5-2 victory. Rose-Hulman jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles action and proceeded to win three of the six singles matches to clinch the conference title.
RHIT's Ian Landwehr (Daleville, Ind.) and Austin Perry (Lorton, Va.) knocked off Nicola Manni (Vandalia, Ohio) and Joaquin Lerner (Montevideo, Uruguay) of Earlham at No. 2 doubles 8-6. Andrew Schiffman (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) and Brendan Goldacker (Jerseyville, Ill.) teamed up for an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles over Earlham's Aleksandr Sergeev (Perth, Australia) and Brandon Giordanelli (San Antonio, Texas).
Earlham's Vojislav Tatarevic (Belgrade, Serbia) and Vitallii Stadnyk (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine) defeated Rose-Hulman's Cam Metzger (Westfield, Ind.) and Andre Adam (Barueri, Brazil) 9-8 with a 8-6 tiebreak at No. 1 doubles.
In singles play, Rose-Hulman earned wins at No. 1, 4, and 5 singles to put the match away. Ian Landwehr earned a win at No. 1 singles over Vitallii Stadnyk 6-3, 6-3 and Austin Perrry from the Engineers defeated Brandon Giordanelli 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5 singles. Earlham's Lerner defeated RHIT's Brendan Goldacker at No. 6 singles 7-5, 6-2 before Andrew Schiffman beat Nicola Manni 6-3, 7-6 (4) at No. 4 singles.
Rose-Hulman's Cam Metzger was named the HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player for his efforts over the weekend.
With claiming the conference title, Rose-Hulman has earned the conference's automatic bid to play in the NCAA Division III tennis championships beginning May 11. It will be the school's fourth appearance in the Division III NCAA tennis tournament.