Women's Tennis Set to Compete in First HCAC Tournament

Women's Tennis Set to Compete in First HCAC Tournament

RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College women's tennis team will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana to take on Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology this Friday evening for the first round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament.

The Teams: Earlham and Rose-Hulman. Earlham is coming off its most successful regular season since 2005 win seven victories as well as two HCAC victories. Rose-Hulman is 9-2 on the season and finished third in HCAC play. 

The Tournament: This tournament will be held at the West Indy Racquet club. The second match Friday will be between the fourth seeded Manchester and fifth seeded Transylvania. The winner will take on the top seed, Hanover, who was undefeated in conference play this season. Earlham is appearing in the HCAC Tournament for the first time in program history.

The Coaches: Shawn Hyden enters his second season as the head women's tennis coach at Earlham. In his first season with the program, Hyden led the men's team to the HCAC Tournament finals for the first time since the 2014-2015 season. This season Hyden led the women's team to its best start since the 2010-2011 season. Dan Hopkins is in his 30th season as the head coach of the Engineers. 

The Players: Junior Yunjoo Shin has been the most successful singles record for Earlham this season, boasting an impressive 12-2 record. Freshman Alexandra Canaday led the way for the Quakers in doubles this season, with eight wins. Seniors Lexi Aligarbes, Kaitlin Morgan, and Arrita Domi have been integral parts in the lineup this season, starting in almost every match.

The History: This will be a rematch of the Quakers HCAC finale that took place last Saturday. The Engineers defeated the Quakers 9-0.

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

What's Next: The winner will advance to the conference semifinals, where they will take on the second seeded Franklin.

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