Men's Tennis Faces Rose-Hulman for HCAC Title on Saturday

Men's Tennis Faces Rose-Hulman for HCAC Title on Saturday

RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College men's tennis team concludes its 2017 regular season at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at noon on Sunday.

The Teams: Earlham and Rose-Hulman. The Quakers are 17-5 overall and a perfect 7-0 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) after a 9-0 sweep of Mount St. Joseph University on Wednesday. The Fightin' Engineers are 16-7 overall and also perfect in the HCAC.

The Coaches: Shawn Hyden is in his first season as head men's tennis coach at Earlham. The Mount Union College alumnus spent the last two seasons as head men's and women's tennis coach at Arcardia University when he led the Knights to the Mid Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Tournament championship match. Justin Ray, also an assistant men's basketball coach at MSJ, is in his sixth season leading the men's tennis program. Dan Hopkins enters his 29th season as Rose-Hulman's head men's tennis coach. 

The Players: Junior Vitalii Stadnyk leads the Quakers with 17 wins at first singles while freshman Fernando Bulnes Aramburu has a 16-5 record playing second and third singles. Stadnyk and fellow junior Vojislav Tatarevic are the Quakers' best-performing doubles team with 10 wins. Georges Adam (19 wins) and Brandon Benedict (20 wins) lead the Engineers in singles play. The two have also combined for 20 doubles victories.

Dual Match Team Statistics: Earlham is 93-39 (.705) as a team in singles competition compared to 48-18 (.727) in doubles play. Rose-Hulman is 96-41 (.701) in singles and 47-20 in doubles (.701).

HCAC Champions: The winner of this match will be crowned the HCAC regular season champion as well as earning the top seed for the HCAC Tournament.

Coverage: Follow @EarlhamQuakers and @ECQuakerTennis on Twitter for updates on the match.

Up Next: Earlham will be no worse than the No. 2 seed for the HCAC Tournament in Indianapolis next week.