RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College men's tennis team hosts Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in a key Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) showdown on Senior Day on Saturday. The match is slated to begin at noon.
The Teams: Earlham and Rose-Hulman. The Quakers are 10-8 and 4-0 in the HCAC after a 9-0 sweep of Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday. The Fightin' Engineers are 16-8 overall and 6-0 in the HCAC. Rose-Hulman recently fell to DePauw 8-1.
The Coaches: Justin Roe is in his second season as head men's tennis coach at Earlham. He led the Quakers to an 11-10 record last season and a berth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament finals. Dan Hopkins is in his 28th season leading the Rose-Hulman men's tennis program.
The Players: Reigning HCAC Most Valuable Player and Freshman of the Year Vitalii Stadnyk has a 13-5 record at first singles and a 14-4 record at first doubles, along with senior Jack Ventura-Cruess. Sophomore Vojislav Tatarevic leads the Quakers with 15 singles wins, primarily at fifth singles. Brandon Benedict leads the Engineers with an 18-7 singles record. Benedict, along with Georges Adam, are 19-7 at first doubles.
Senior Day: Jack Ventura-Cruess is playing in his final regular season home matches this weekend. The Placenta, Calif., native has a 56-18 career singles record. One of the most decorated doubles players in school history, Jack has played first singles his entire career and carries a 60-20 career record.
Singles and Doubles Team Stats: Earlham is 65-42 in singles competition as a team and 35-19 in doubles. Rose-Hulman is 96-58 in singles and 53-27 in doubles.
HCAC Player of the Week Honors: Tatarevic is the reigning HCAC men's tennis player of the week. He went 3-0 in both singles and doubles in leading Earlham to three conference wins last week.
Recent History: Earlham is 5-2 against Rose-Hulman in the last six seasons. The Engineers did with both meetings last year, however.
Coverage: Follow @EarlhamQuakers on Twitter for updates on the match.
Up Next: The Quakers will face Manchester University on Sunday at 10 a.m.