ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology battled No. 16 ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater to close action for much of the day, before the Warhawks earned a 5-1 men's tennis victory in an NCAA Division III Tournament first round match at Washington University on Saturday.
Rose-Hulman set a school record with 20 victories this season, won its second consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament title and went through its second straight undefeated HCAC season in 2016. The Fightin' Engineers also set single-season records with 109 singles wins and 64 doubles victories this year.
On Saturday, the No. 2 doubles team of freshman Andre Adam and sophomore Cam Metzger combined for an 8-3 victory that resulted in Rose-Hulman's match point. The match ended with junior Brandon Benedict nearly knotting his match at one set each, and every Rose-Hulman player remaining earning at least three games per set.
Nationally ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater improved to 23-6 on the season and faces Washington University on Sunday. Rose-Hulman completed the best season in school history with a 20-9 record.