Panthers bounced from NCAA tournament

Hanover College’s women’s tennis team was knocked out of the NCAA III tournament with a 6-0 loss to No. 20 Sewanee University (Tenn.). The first-round match was played in Atlanta, Ga.

Sewanee swept three doubles matches and posted victories in four of the singles matches to improve to 21-3 this season. The Tigers advance to battle No. 19 Washington and Lee University (Va.) in the second round.

Hanover sophomore Allison Poston (Attica, Ind.) and freshman Mallory Noble (Fishers, Ind.) were shut out by Sewanee’s Bronte Goodhue and Lindsey Liles, 8-0, at No.1 doubles.

Freshmen Mackenzie Spicer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Kirby Lantz (Greenville, Ohio) were beaten 8-3 at No. 2 by Annie Veron and Mary Taylor Tepper.

Junior Kelsey Jones (Hanover, Ind.) and freshman Kelly Gelbach (Wilmington, Ohio) were blanked by the Tigers’ Kate Johnston and Elske Parker at No. 3, 8-0.

In singles action, Goodhue defeated Spicer 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1. Jones fell to Veron 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3. Glebach lost to Johnston 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5.

Hanover closes its season with a 15-7 record. The Panthers earned the school’s first appearance in the NCAA III tournament by winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s tournament championship. The squad captured the HCAC’s regular-season title with an 8-0 mark.

The NCAA’s 50-team tournament will culminate May 19-21 with the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship matches in Claremont, Calif.

Hanover vs. Sewanee (Tenn.) results