HANOVER, Ind. – The Earlham College men's tennis team clinched the No. 2 seed for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament on Tuesday, despite a 5-4 loss at Hanover College.
Earlham fell behind 2-1 after doubles. The Quakers first doubles team of senior Jack Ventura-Cruess and sophomore Vitalii Stadnyk improved to 17-5 on the season with an 8-2 win over Dakota Smith and Reid Clark. The Panthers won second and third doubles 8-5 and 8-2 respectively.
Needing four singles victories to win the match, Earlham fell one flight short. Stadnyk dispatched Smith 6-2, 6-1 at first singles. Sophomore Vojislav Tatarevic won his 19th singles match of the season, a 6-3, 6-2 win over Alec Bates at fifth singles. Ventura-Cruess won his sixth singles match 6-2, 6-1.
Hanover won second, third, and fourth singles in straight sets.
The Quakers finish the regular at 12-10 overall including 6-2 in HCAC play. Earlham finishes in a three-way tie for second place in the league with Hanover and Transylvania. The Quakers clinch the No. 2 seed due to a 5-4 loss to league champion Rose-Hulman while the Panthers and Pioneers lost to the Fightin' Engineers 8-1.