TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's tennis team will travel to St. Louis to face Wheaton College (Ill.) in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Thursday at 11 a.m. Central Time. The match will take place at Tao Tennis Center on the campus of Washington University.
The men's tennis team stands 19-8 on the season and makes its third consecutive appearance in the 43-team NCAA Division III Tournament. The Fightin' Engineers defeated Earlham College 5-2 on Sunday to win the conference tournament championship and capture its 30th straight victory against HCAC competition.
Rose-Hulman needs one victory to tie its single-season school record for wins at 20, set last season. The Fightin' Engineer have faced one of the nation's most difficult non-conference schedules to prepare for postseason play, with seven of its eight losses to one Division I squad, two Division II squads, and four nationally ranked Division III squads.
Wheaton has a record of 17-7 and enters the NCAA Division III Tournament on a nine-match winning streak. The Thunder defeated Augustana (Ill.) 5-0 on Saturday to advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Rose-Hulman won eight of its last nine matches entering the NCAA Tournament, with its only loss to No. 4 ranked Washington University. The Fightin' Engineers outdistanced HCAC competiton by match scores of 79-5 to record an 8-0 regular season and 2-0 postseason mark against league foes.
Seniors Brandon Benedict and Georges Adam are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in school history in both singles and doubles wins entering the NCAA Tournament. They have a 23-8 record as the No. 1 doubles team, increasing the career record of Benedict to 74-28 and Adam to 73-27 in doubles play. Benedict is 22-8 in singles play to increase his career record to 68-28, while Adam has a 20-8 singles record to move his career totals to 61-27.
Junior Cam Metzger has a 17-12 record at the No. 3 singles position, with Andre Adam at 19-9 at No. 4 and Austin Perry 12-10 as the primary No. 5 player. Andrew Schiffman has a 14-5 mark at No. 6 singles, with Brendan Goldacker providing depth with a 4-4 mark.
In doubles action, Andre Adam and Metzger have a 19-9 mark, and the primary No. 3 doubles team of Kendall and Perry have combined for a 10-8 record.
The winner of Thursday's match will face host Washington University (Mo.) in round two of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY (MO.) NCAA MEN'S TENNIS REGIONAL
Thursday May 11
11 a.m. CT – Rose-Hulman (19-8) vs. Wheaton (Ill.) (17-7)
Friday May 12
11 a.m. CT – Washington University (Mo.) (16-4) vs. Rose-Hulman/Wheaton winner
2 p.m. CT - Kalamazoo (18-1) vs. Kenyon (13-10)
Saturday May 13
Noon CT – Regional Championship Match