GREENWOOD, Ind. --- The 2017 women's tennis season will come to a close this weekend as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Championships will be held this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Indianapolis. This year's tournament will once again be held at West Indy Racquet Club.
Hanover claimed the school's eighth HCAC regular season championship and will look to earn the conference's automatic qualifier for the NCAA tournament this coming spring by taking the tournament title. The regular season crown was the fifth-straight for the Panthers.
The Hanover Panthers (7-2, 7-0 HCAC) have been led by sophomore Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind. / Richmond) and junior Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind. / Chatard) at the No. 1-3 singles and No. 2-3 doubles position this fall. Jones has posted a 5-2 conference record in the top three slots in singles play this fall, and has teamed with freshman Haley Parker (Leo, Ind. / Leo) to achieve a 7-0 conference record at the No. 2 and 3 doubles spots. Winternheimer has tallied a 7-0 conference record at No. 2 and 3 singles, and partnered with sophomore Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral) at No. 2 and 3 doubles to achieve a 7-0 conference record.
Franklin College finished second in the standings and earned the No. 2 seed with a 6-1 league record. The Grizzlies dropped a 5-3 decision to the Panthers back on October 11th. Franklin's Karen Dringenburg (Seymour, Ind. / Seymour) has been solid for the Grizzlies all season, earning a 6-1 record at No. 1 singles and a 6-1 mark at No. 1 doubles.
As the top two seeds, Hanover and Franklin avoid an opening round contest and will play in the conference semifinals at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Rose-Hulman will have the No. 3 seed this weekend and will face No. 6 seed Earlham College in an opening round match at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The Fightin' Engineers (9-2, 5-2 HCAC) defeated the Quakers (7-7, 2-5 HCAC) 9-0 on October 14th. The winner of the match advances to Saturday's semifinals and will face No. 2 Franklin.
Manchester and Transylvania will battle in the No. 4/5 seed contest Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Spartans finished 4-3 in league play, while the Pioneers boasted a 3-4 record. Manchester pulled out a 5-4 win over Transylvania on October 14th. Hanover awaits the victor of the matchup at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the semifinal round.
Action will get underway Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. with opening round action. The two HCAC semifinals will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon with the championship match being held Sunday at 10 a.m.