Men's Tennis Tops Manchester, Clinches HCAC Bid


TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology picked up clinched a spot in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Tournament with an 8-1 win over Manchester on Friday night.

Junior Ben Paras (Tucson, Ariz./Nordhoff) and junior Devon Fritz (Lakeside, Calif./West Hills) earned victories at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, then teamed up for a No. 1 doubles win.

Junior Ian Stevenson (Stow, Mass./Nashoba) and senior Stephan Lemmer (Haymarket, Va./Stonewall) won at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, and also teamed up for a No. 2 doubles victory.

Sophomore Nathan Moore (Scottsdale, Ariz./Home Schooled) and teamed  senior Randy Billingsley (Moline, Ill./Alleman) added a No. 3 doubles win.

Freshman Ray Montgomery (Terre Haute/South) completed the performance with a win at No. 6 singles.

Rose-Hulman stands 8-6 overall and 5-3 in league play.  The Fightin' Engineers also secured their 15th consecutive season with a record of .500 or above with the victory.

1. Ben Paras (RHIT) def. Ridoutt, Piero (MAN) 6-3, 6-1
2. Devon Fritz (RHIT) def. Truitt, Phillip (MAN) 6-0, 6-2
3. Arguijo, Ramiro (MAN) def. Nathan Moore (RHIT) 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (13-11)
4. Ian Stevenson (RHIT) def. Swaby, Bobby (MAN) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (13-11)
5. Stephan Lemmer (RHIT) def. Mellott, Mitchell (MAN) 6-3, 6-1
6. Ray Montgomery (RHIT) def. Winger, Alex (MAN) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-2)

1. Ben Paras/Devon Fritz (RHIT) def. Ridoutt, Piero/Truitt, Phillip (MAN) 8-2
2. Ian Stevenson/Stephan Lemmer (RHIT) def. Arguijo, Ramiro/Swaby, Bobby (MAN) 8-2
3. Nathan Moore/Randy Billingsley (RHIT) def. Mellott, Mitchell/Winger, Alex (MAN) 8-3