INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's men's tennis team has been selected as the front runner to win the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. In a poll of the nine HCAC head coaches, the Engineers received a total of 89 points with eight first place votes.
Earlham College placed second in the poll with 81 points and the final first place vote, while Hanover College is picked to finish third in the conference standings this spring with 71 points. Transylvania University (53 points), Franklin College (53), Manchester University (50), Anderson University (39), Defiance College (31) and Mount St. Joseph University (19).
The Engineers are coming off a 17-11 season and a 7-0 conference record, claiming the program's fourth HCAC championship. Rose-Hulman won the HCAC tournament and fell in the second round of the NCAA tournament to Carnegie Mellon, ending its season.
RHIT returns three All-HCAC performers including the reigning HCAC Most Valuable Player from last season's title winning team. Junior Ian Landwehr posted a 12-0 record at No. 1 singled and doubles during conference action last season. Senior Andre Adam and junior Austin Perry also returns for the Fightin' Engineers this season. Adam tallied a 10-2 conference record throughout No. 1-3 slots in singles and doubles action, while Perry posted a perfect 13-0 record in singles and doubles play last season.
Earlham College will look to challenge the Engineers for the top of the HCAC standings. The Quakers finished second in the standings last spring with a 6-1 HCAC record and finished the season 20-5 overall. Earlham returns two All-HCAC members from a year ago. Junior Aleks Sergeev was 10-2 against conference competition, going 6-0 at No. 2 singles and 4-2 at No. 1 and 2 doubles. Senior Nicola Manni also returns to the Earlham lineup this spring after posting a 12-2 record during conference play last season.
Hanover College finished the 2018 season third in the conference standings, earning a 5-2 HCAC record. The Panthers finished the season 12-11 overall and return one All-HCAC player from last season's team. Junior Landon Carrico will look to lead the Panthers after finishing last season with a 10-4 combined conference record.
The 2019 men's tennis season is set to begin on February 9 with the conference tournament slated for May 3-5.
Players to Watch
|Anderson||Bradley Rothaar||Jr.||Greenwood, Ind.|
|Dane Hueston||Fr.||Anderson, Ind.|
|Seth Nation||Fr.||Middletown, Ind.|
|Defiance||Ethan Harris||Fr.||Huntertown, Ind.|
|Jared Schnee||So.||Bellevue, Ohio|
|Earlham||Aitor Zerdilas-Herrera||Fr.||Athens, Greece|
|Nicola Manni||Sr.||Vandalia, Ohio|
|Aleks Sergeev||Jr.||Perth, Australia|
|Nikolaos Trikkas-Psomas||Fr.||Kozani, Greece|
|Franklin||Blake Amonett||Jr.||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|Jacob Zachary||So.||Franklin, Ind.|
|Dean Elrod||Sr.||Milan, Ind.|
|Hanover||Landon Carrico||Jr.||New Albany, Ind.|
|Martin Zarate||Jr.||San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina|
|Keith Asplund||Fr.||Jeffersonville, Ind.|
|Pablo Gallart||Fr.||Serra, Spain|
|Manchester||Connor Eichenauer||Sr.||North Manchester, Ind.|
|Gavin Eads||Jr.||Bourbon, Ind.|
|Bailey Buhrt||Fr.||Warsaw, Ind.|
|Mount St. Joseph||Nathan Clark||Sr.||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Christian Brown||So.||Madison, Ind.|
|Guy Watkins||Sr.||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Rose-Hulman||Andre Adam||Sr.||Barueri, Brazil|
|Ian Landwehr||Jr.||Daleville, Ind.|
|Austin Perry||Jr.||Lorton, Va.|
|Grant Stamper||So.||Terre Haute, Ind.|
|Transylvania||Daniel Cooper||Sr.||Paris, Ky.|
|Brandon Stofleth||Sr.||Evansville, Ind.|
|Arjun Gupta||Fr.||Collins, Colo.|
|Hugo Kouhkna||Fr.||Boca Raton, Fla.|