INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- Hanover College's women's tennis team capped off the season in impressive fashion, claiming the school's 10th Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship on Sunday afternoon. The Panthers earned the first seed after completing the regular season with a 8-0 mark against league competition.
Hanover posted a 5-2 win over No. 5 seed Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology before beating No. 2 Transylvania in a 5-0 match to earn the championship and the conference's automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division III tournament.
In Sunday's championship match with Transylvania, the Hanover Panthers posted a 5-0 victory at West Indy Racquet Club. Hanover earned wins at all three doubles positions. No. 1 doubles partners Meghan Farrell and Susie Winternheimer got the Panthers off to a quick start with an 8-0 win. The Panthers Ruth Gaston and Lizzy Katzenberger then claimed an 8-3 victory at No. 3 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, the Transylvania pair of Alyssa Igyarto and Kearstin Bruther took on Hanover's Cami Jones and Haley Parker for an exciting back and forth match. Jones and Parker had a come from behind 9-7 victory for the Panthers.
In singles play, Hanover earned wins at No. 4 and No. 5 singles. The Panthers Mia Katzenberger defeated Pio Reagan Jobe at No. 6 singles with a score of 6-0, 6-1, while Addison Laker claimed the clinching match with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Igyarto at No. 5 singles.
Hanover's Cami Jones 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.