CARMEL, Ind. – In week six the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) women's tennis race picked up, with two teams fighting for the top spot on the leaderboard. Anderson University and Transylvania University both remained undefeated in league play, with both squads flexing their strength with a pair of 9-0 conference victories for both in week six.
Around the League:
Athlete of the Week:
Katrina Berban (Seguin, Texas) Anderson University | Freshman - Berban went 2-0 at No. 1 singles and 2-0 at No. 1 doubles for the week. She collected a 6-3, 6-0 singles win against Manchester and a 6-0, 6-0 sweep against Earlham. Berban and doubles partner Jasmine Blair recorded an 8-1 win against Manchester and an 8-0 victory against Earlham.
- Mia Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) Hanover College | Senior - The senior continues to have a strong season for the Panthers as she posted a perfect week in the team's victories over Franklin and Rose-Hulman. Mia helped the Panthers secure a perfect 3-0 sweep of doubles against Franklin before the claiming singles action for the 9-0 victory. Against Rose-Hulman, the senior won a pivotal doubles match that gave HC the 2-1 lead heading into singles action. She carried the momentum into singles action taking down the Fightin' Engineers 7-5, 6-1.
- Naomi Bhagat (Waukesha, Wis.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Bhagat finished 2-0 in doubles play and 1-0 in singles play as the Fightin' Engineers finished 1-1 last week. Bhagat won a three-set match at No. 1 singles against Hanover and swept two doubles matches playing with teammate Breanna Rogers. The Fightin' Engineers stand 5-3 overall and 3-2 in league play.
- Jessica Burton (Catlettsburg, Ky) Transylvania University | Sophomore - Burton led Transylvania to a 2-0 mark in conference play over the past week. The Pioneers moved to 5-0 in HCAC play with 9-0 victories over Mt. St. Joseph and Franklin. Burton went 4-0 on the week, including 8-0 and 8-3 wins at No. 1 doubles. The sophomore also picked up a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 2 singles against Mt. St. Joseph, in addition to a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles against Franklin on Saturday.