INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's men's tennis team claimed the school's fifth-straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference team championship on Sunday afternoon. The Engineers finished in first place during the regular season with a perfect 6-0 mark and claimed the tournament title at West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis.
Rose-Hulman posted a 5-0 win over Transylvania University before knocking off No. 2 seed Earlham in the championship.
In Sunday's championship match with Earlham, the Engineers earned a 5-2 victory. Rose-Hulman jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles action and proceeded to win three of the six singles matches to clinch the conference title.
RHIT's Ian Landwehr and Austin Perry knocked off Jason Lawson and Joaquin Lerner of Earlham at No. 2 doubles 8-3. Fightin' Engineers Ben Strate and Joseph Conrad teamed up for an 8-7 win with a 7-5 tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles over Earlham's Nicola Manni and Nikolaos Trikkas-Psomas.
Earlham's Aleksandr Sergeev and Aitor Zerdilas-Herrera defeated Rose-Hulman's Andre Adam and Josh Giambattista 8-4 at No. 1 doubles.
In singles play, Rose-Hulman earned wins at No. 1, 3, and 5 singles to put the match away. Ian Landwehr earned a win at No. 1 singles over Aitor Zerdilas-Herrera 6-4, 6-1 and Josh Giambattista from the Engineers defeated Jason Lawson 7-5, 6-4 at No. 5 singles. Earlham's Nicola Manni defeated RHIT's Joseph Conrad at No. 4 singles 6-0, 6-3 before Austin Perry claimed victory over Aleksandr Sergeev 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3 singles for the Engineers.
Rose-Hulman's Ian Landwehr was named the HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player for his efforts over the weekend.
With claiming the conference title, Rose-Hulman has earned the conference's automatic bid to play in the NCAA Division III tennis championships beginning May 10. It will be the school's fifth appearance in the Division III NCAA tennis tournament.