INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earned a 5-4 win over Hanover College in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Tournament championship match, sending the Fightin' Engineers to the NCAA Division III Tournament next May.
The Fightin' Engineers rallied from a 4-2 deficit to win the final three singles matches and secure the team's second trip to the NCAA Tournament. Senior Lauren Edwards captured the deciding match in three sets, winning 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 in a match that was moved indoors after rain began to fall.
Rose-Hulman's victory occurred in large part due to early doubles action. The Fightin' Engineers won 2-of-3 doubles matches to ultimately provide the margin of victory. Freshman Anna Thompson and freshman Naomi Bhagat earned a victory at the No. 1 doubles flight, while senior Sydney Short teamed with freshman Kyla Jarvis to win at No. 3.
In singles play, Hanover earned three consecutive singles wins to take a 4-2 match advantage. Junior Bella Evans made the score 4-3 with a straight set win at No. 2 singles, followed almost immediately by Bhagat winning at the No. 3 flight to tie the match 4-4.
Edwards had rallied from a one-set deficit to knot the No. 4 singles match, before rain fell at West Indy Racquet Club. After moving indoors and warming up again, Edwards rattled off five consecutive games to secure Rose-Hulman's conference tournament title and NCAA Tournament trip.
Rose-Hulman completes the fall season at 12-2 overall and will find out its NCAA destination in May. The team will also compete in a spring season later this year.