Women's tennis picked second in HCAC Preseason Poll

Megahn Farrell swinging her racquet



GREENWOOD, Ind. – Winners of the past four Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championships, the Hanover women’s tennis team has been picked by the league’s head coaches to be one of the favorites again this fall.

Hanover has been predicted to finish second this season, snapping a three-year streak of the team being the conference’s preseason favorite. The Panthers recorded 75 total points and three first place votes in the 2017 poll.

Rose-Hulman, who won the 2016 HCAC Tournament championship, took the top spot with 77 points and five first place votes. The Panthers and Engineers split the two matches last season with Hanover winning the regular season contest, 6-3, while RHIT won the meeting in the HCAC Tournament Final, 5-4. The two sides are slated to meet in Hanover, this fall, at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 23.

Franklin and Manchester topped off the first four in the poll with 63 and 53 points respectively. Rounding out the rest of the preseason predictions were Transylvania (50), Mount St. Joseph (40), Defiance (34) and Earlham (24).

Over the last four seasons, Hanover has more than lived up to preseason expectations, posting an unblemished 32-0 record in HCAC regular season matches. The Panthers will take a 33-match winning streak into conference regular season action this fall.

Since the start of the 2013 season, the Blue and Red have posted a winning percentage of .773, with a 58-17 overall record. The Panthers tied a program record with 16 victories in 2016-17, which was previously set during the 2015-16 campaign.

Hanover will open the 2017 fall season with a road contest at IU-Southeast. The Panthers and Grenadiers are scheduled for an 11 a.m. match, Sunday, Sept. 3.


1Rose-Hulman77 (5)14-4 (7-1)
2Hanover75 (3)16-7 (8-0)
3Franklin638-9 (5-3)
4Manchester537-9 (5-3)
5Transylvania507-10 (4-4)
6Mount St. Joseph407-9 (2-6)
7Defiance343-13 (1-7)
8Earlham240-16 (0-8)

Contact: Tyler Jester


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