INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Hanover College’s women’s tennis team capped off the season in impressive fashion, claiming the school’s third straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship on Sunday afternoon. The Panthers earned the top seed after completing the regular season with an 8-0 mark against league competition.
Hanover posted a 5-1 win over Rose-Hulman before beating No. 2 Franklin in a marathon 5-4 match to earn the championship and the conference’s automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division III tournament. It will be the third straight appearance in the NCAA field for the Panthers women’s tennis program.
In Sunday’s championship match with Franklin, the Panthers posted a 5-4 victory at West Indy Racquet Club. Hanover earned wins at all three doubles positions. Mackenzie Spicer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Tori Schwartz (Nappanee, Ind.) knocked off Melissa Sanders (Columbus, Ind.) and Karen Dringenburg (Seymour, Ind.) of Franklin at No. 1 doubles 9-7. Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) teamed with Susan Winterheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) to notch an 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles over Chelsea Howell (West Harrison, Ind.) and Rachel Rose (Springboro, Ind.). Allison Poston (Attica, Ind.) and Alexis Taylor (Frankfort, Ind.) finished the doubles sweep with an 8-2 victory over Emily Helvie (Batesville, Ind.) and Holyn Eldridge (Goshen, Ind.) at No. 3 doubles.
In singles play, Hanover earned wins at No. 2 and No. 4 singles. Schwartz collected a win at No. 4 singles over Emily Roberts (Franklin, Ind.) 6-4, 6-0. Poston claimed the clinching match at No. 2 singles with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) victory over Howell.
Franklin’s victories came at No. 1, 3, 5 and 6 singles. Sanders beat Spicer 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, Dringenburg defeated Winterheimer 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3 singles, Rose claimed a 6-0, 6-3 triumph over Mallory Noble (Fishers, Ind.), and Eldridge beat Taylor 7-5, 6-4 at the No. 6 position.
Hanover’s Mackenzie Spicer was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player for her efforts this weekend.
With claiming the tournament title, Hanover has earned the conference’s automatic bid to play in the NCAA Division III tennis championships this spring.
Opening Round- Friday, October 16
Game 1: #4 Rose-Hulman vs. #5 Transylvania
Game 2: #3 Anderson vs. #6 Manchester
Semifinals- Saturday, October 17
Game 3: #2 Franklin vs. #3 Anderson
Game 4: #1 Hanover vs. #4 Rose-Hulman
Championship - Sunday, October 18
Franklin vs. Hanover