GREENWOOD, IN – The 2012 women’s tennis season will come to a close this weekend, as the HCAC Tennis Championships will be held this Saturday and Sunday in Indianapolis. This year’s tournament will be hosted by the College of Mount St. Joseph and held at the West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis.
Franklin College claimed the school’s fourth HCAC women’s tennis championship and will look to earn the conference’s automatic qualifier for the NCAA tournament this coming spring by taking the tournament title. The regular season crown was the first for the Grizzlies since 2002.
Franklin (8-0 HCAC) has been led by freshman Melissa Sanders (Columbus, Ind.) at the No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles position this fall, posting a 13-1 overall conference record. Teaming up with Sanders at the No. 1 doubles position has been senior Adrian Gillaspy (Spencer, Ind.). Gillaspy holds a 7-0 mark at No. 4 singles and a 6-1 record in doubles.
Rose-Hulman finished a match behind Franklin in the standings and earned the No. 2 seed with a 7-1 league record. The Engineers dropped a 7-2 decision to the Grizzles during the regular season. RHIT’s Marie Stettler (Edgerton, Wis.) has been the staple at the top of the Rose lineup all season, earning a 6-2 record at No. 1 singles and a 4-4 mark at No. 1 doubles. Junior Paige Cook (Terre Haute, Ind.) has the best overall record for the Engineers this fall, boasting a 14-2 mark.
As the top two seeds, Franklin and Rose-Hulman avoid an opening round contest and will play in the conference semifinals at 2:00 PM Saturday.
Transylvania University will have the No. 3 seed this weekend and face Manchester University in an opening round match at 9:00 AM Saturday. The Pioneers (6-2 HCAC) defeated the Spartans (4-4 HCAC) 6-3 back on September 15. The winner of the match Saturday advances to face No. 2 Rose-Hulman.
Anderson University and Hanover College will battle in the No. 4/5 seed contest Saturday morning. The Ravens and Panthers each posted a 4-4 mark in league play, with AU pulling out a 7-2 win over HC back on September 15. Franklin awaits the victor at 2:00 PM Saturday.
Action will get underway Saturday morning with opening round play at 9:00 AM. The HCAC semifinals will be held approximately 2:00 PM Saturday with the championship match taking place at 10:00 AM Sunday morning.