Women's Tennis Falls in HCAC Title Match

Women's Tennis Falls in HCAC Title Match

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Hanover College advanced to the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Tournament for the second consecutive year with a 5-2 win over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the championship match of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Sunday.

Hanover captured two wins in three doubles matches, with the Rose-Hulman tandem of seniors Suzana Mohd and Kylie McCollum capturing an 8-5 victory at the No. 1 flight.  The Panthers won 8-4 and 8-6 at the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles flights.

Freshman Isabella Evans completed the fall season with a perfect 12-0 singles record by winning 6-3, 6-0 at the No. 2 position.  Hanover won at the No. 3 and No. 5 flights, before Alana Feeley clinched the tournament championship by winning at No. 6 singles. 

"The momentum was going our way in doubles, but we just didn't keep it.  In singles play, I'm really pleased with Bella being able to go undefeated all the way through the season.  A little more rest might have helped us today, but we did the best we could," said head coach Dan Hopkins.

Rose-Hulman completed a strong 10-2 season with runner-up honors in the HCAC regular season and tournament standings for the second consecutive year.  The Fightin' Engineers had a 10-match winning streak bookended by two losses to Hanover. 

"It was an amazing season for us, especially to win 10 matches in a row.  We were picked third in the preseason and finished second, so how can we complain," said Hopkins.

Rose-Hulman opened the HCAC Tournament with a 5-2 victory over Franklin College on Saturday.

"I also want to take a moment to acknowledge the impact of assistant coach Curt Howard," added Hopkins.  "He made a special effort to come up here today, and I think we make a great team.  He adds a lot to the program and is very well respected by our players.  I can't thank him enough."

The fall season included a 54-14 record in singles play and a 26-10 mark in doubles matches.  Evans finished 12-0 in singles play, with other singles winning percentages of .800 or above by Mohd (8-1), sophomore Lauren Edwards (8-2) and junior Lauren Miller (8-2).