TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earned its third consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's tennis regular season championship with a 6-3 victory over Earlham College on Saturday at the Joy Hulbert Tennis Center.
The Fightin' Engineers also won their 30th consecutive match against HCAC competition, dating to the start of the 2015 season.
Rose-Hulman opened the match with a sweep of the three doubles contests to take an early 3-0 lead. Georges Adam and Brandon Benedict earned an 8-5 win at No. 1; Cam Metzger and Andre Adam won by an 8-2 margin at No. 2; and Austin Perry joined Joe Kendall for an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles.
In singles competition, Rose-Hulman earned its fourth match point on a straight-set win by Benedict. Andrew Schiffman claimed the clinching point by winning 7-5, 6-2 at No. 6 singles. Andre Adam rounded out the scoring with a victory at No. 4 singles.
Rose-Hulman earned the top seed for the HCAC Tournament with the victory, while Earlham will be the No. 2 seed. The Fightin' Engineers will face the No. 4 vs. No. 5 match winner in semifinal action on Sautrday May 6 at 1 p.m. at West Indy Racquet Club. The championship match will take place Sunday May 7 at 10 a.m. at West Indy. The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament in mid-May.
Rose-Hulman improved to 17-7 with the win and will travel to NCAA Division III No. 4 ranked Washington University in its final regular season match on Sunday. The match has been moved to St. Clair Tennis in O'Fallon, Ill., due to rain and will begin at 4 p.m. Central Time on Sunday.