INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Earlham College men's tennis made a solid charge at defending Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference champion Rose-Hulman in Sunday's 2019 HCAC Tournament championship match, but the Quakers came up short in a 5-2 loss to the Fightin' Engineers at the West Indy Racquet Club.
AGAINST THE FIGHTIN' ENGINEERS
Earlham picked up a single point in doubles play after Aleksandr Sergeev and Aitor Zerdilas-Herrera won their no. 1 doubles match against Josh Giambattista and Andre Adam, 8-4. Nico Manni and Nikolaos Trikkos-Psomas took their no. 3 doubles match into a tiebreaker before falling 8-7 (7-5).
Moving into singles play, Manni picked up the Quakers' second point of the match with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Joseph Conrad. However Zerdilas-Herrera fell to Rose-Hulman's Isan Landwehr, 6-4, 6-1, and Jason Lawson dropped a 7-5, 6-4 contest to Giambattista to put the Fightin' Engineers on the verge of the win with a 4-2 lead.
Rose-Hulman's final point came at no. 3 singles where Sergeev fell to the Engineers' Austin Perry, 6-4, 6-4, giving Rose-Hulman its fifth straight HCAC men's tennis title.
Earlham finished its 2018-19 season with a 17-8 record, and the Quakers made their third straight appearance in the HCAC tournament championship match. The 2019 All-HCAC teams will be announced later this week.