RICHMOND, Ind. – For the third straight year, Earlham College men's tennis will play for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship after the Quakers defeated Hanover College, 5-0, in a 2019 HCAC Men's Tennis Tournament semifinal match on Saturday at the West Indy Racquet Club.
Earlham (17-7) will face Rose-Hulman (12-9) in Sunday's championship match. This will be the third straight year, and the fourth time over the last five seasons, that the Quakers and Fightin' Engineers have met in the HCAC championship. The win over Hanover was Earlham's 10th consecutive victory.
AGAINST THE PANTHERS
Earlham won all three doubles matches to take a commanding 3-0 lead into singles play. The closest doubles challenge the Quakers faced came at no. 2 doubles, where Jason Lawson and Joaquin Lerner eventually posted an 8-6 win over Hanover's Keith Asplund and Pablo Gallart.
Nicola Manni and Nikolaos Trikkas-Psomas teamed up to post an 8-3 victory over the Panther tandem of Landon Carrico and Jonathan Helmers, giving Manni his 100th career victory in combined singles and doubles play.
The Quakers picked up wins at no. 1 and no. 3 singles to bring a quick end to the match. Aitor Zerdilas-Herrera recorded a 7-5, 6-2 win at no. 1 singles, while Aleksandr Sergeev notched a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 triumph at no. 3.
Earlham will face Rose-Hulman at 10:00 a.m. at the West Indy Racquet Club, with the winner receiving the HCAC's automatic berth into the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship.