INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- The 2018 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 ninth 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 sixth-straight for the Panthers.
The Hanover Panthers (10-0, 8-0 HCAC) have been led by junior Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) No. 1 singles and No. 1-2 doubles position this fall. At No. 1 singles, Jones tallied a 7-0 conference record, and in doubles play the junior added a 7-0 record during HCAC action during the 2018 fall campaign.
The Panthers women's tennis team has compiled a 21-3 doubles record during the HCAC regular season. In singles play, Hanover has tallied a 45-2 record this fall.
Transylvania University (6-5, 6-2 HCAC) finished in a tie for second in the regular season standings and earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. The Pioneers dropped a 8-1 decision to the Panthers back on September 26th. Transy's Porsche Robinson (Houston, Texas) has been solid for the Pioneers all season, earning a 5-3 record at No. 1 singles and a 8-0 mark at No. 1 doubles.
As the top two seeds, Hanover and Transylvania avoid an opening round contest and will play in the conference semifinals at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Frankin will have the No. 3 seed this weekend and will face No. 6 seed Earlham College in an opening round match at approximately 6 p.m. on Friday. The Grizzlies (7-2, 6-2 HCAC) defeated the Quakers (6-7, 3-5 HCAC) 7-2 on October 13th. The winner of the match advances to Saturday's semifinals and will face No. 2 Transylvania.
Anderson and Rose-Hulman will battle in the No. 4/5 seed contest Friday at 4 p.m. The Ravens finished 6-2 in league play, while the Fightin' Engineers boasted a 4-4 record. Anderson pulled out a 5-4 win over Rose-Hulman on October 11th. Hanover awaits the victor of the matchup at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the semifinal round.
Action will get underway Friday afternoon at 4 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.