Women's Tennis Preview: Doubles
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s tennis team will open its fall schedule in less than three weeks and in preparation for the season opener we review the team’s doubles performance from the 2016-17 campaign.
Hanover finished the 2016-17 season with a 16-7 overall record, tying the program mark, set the year prior, for victories in a single season. The Panthers also went 8-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play to earn their fourth straight regular season championship. The Blue and Red will carry a 33-game HCAC regular season winning streak into this fall.
Overall, Hanover posted a 47-22 record in doubles matches last season, a .681 winning percentage. The team’s double success marked the third straight season they have produced a winning percentage above .680.
The Panthers were dominant in conference action last season, winning 22 of their 24 doubles matches. Hanover swept doubles play in six HCAC regular season matches and conceded three or fewer games in 18 sets.
A quartet of all-conference selections return this fall in junior Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomores Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.), Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) and Lizzy Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.).
Winternheimer earned her second all-HCAC award last fall and teamed with 2016 HCAC Player of the Year Mackenzie Spicer in the No. 2 slot. The duo went 8-0 in conference play last year, giving Winternheimer a career doubles record of 16-0 in the HCAC. She finished last season with an overall doubles mark of 17-6.
Jones and Katzenberger teamed up for most of the 2016-17 season, as the duo posted a 7-1 mark in conference action. During their freshmen campaigns, the two logged a 15-8 overall record together, as they competed mainly in the No. 3 spot.
Farrell added 14 wins during doubles play, while senior Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) and sophomore Caroline Millard (Cincinnati, Ohio) each won six doubles matches, while going a perfect 2-0 together.
Hanover opens the 2017-18 season on the road, with a contest at IU-Southeast, at 11 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 3.
Contact: Tyler Jester