HCAC CHAMPIONS! Men's Tennis Headed to NCAAs

HCAC CHAMPIONS!  Men's Tennis Headed to NCAAs

VIDEO: HCAC TOURNEY MVP BRANDON BENEDICT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's tennis team won its third consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship and will make its third straight NCAA Division III Tournament appearance after defeating Earlham 5-2 on Sunday.

Rose-Hulman increased its winning streak against HCAC competition to 30 matches and completes its third straight season sweeping both the conference regular season and tournament championships.

The Fightin' Engineers led 2-1 after doubles action was completed.  Seniors Georges Adam and Brandon Benedict claimed an 8-3 victory at the No. 1 flight, and the duo of Cam Metzger and Andre Adam won at No. 2.

In singles play, the Fightin' Engineers relied on wins at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 singles to secure the 5-2 victory.  Benedict won at No. 2, Metzger claimed a victory at No. 3, and Andre Adam clinched the conference championship with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles.

Rose-Hulman improved to 19-8 on the season and will find out its NCAA Division III Tournament destination on Monday afternoon.  Benedict leads the team in singles wins (22) and Georges Adam has also crossed the 20 mark.  Other players in double figures in singles victories include Andre Adam (19), Metzger (17), Andrew Schiffman (14) and Austin Perry (12).

For the first time in school history, men's and women's teams in the same sport will compete in the NCAA Tournament at the same time later this week.  The women's squad is 14-3 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning the HCAC Tournament final 5-4 over Hanover last October.