Men's Tennis Falls in HCAC Semifinal Round

conradINDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology advanced to the semifinals of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Tournament before falling in the season finale at the West Indy Racquet Club on Saturday.

The Fightin' Engineers topped Hanover 5-1 in opening round action on Saturday morning, before falling 5-0 to top-seeded Earlham on Saturday afternoon.

Rose-Hulman completed the season with an 11-8 record, highlighted by eight wins in its final 10 matches. 

The doubles team of senior Ben Paras (Tucson, Ariz./Nordhoff) and senior Devon Fritz (Lakeside, Calif./West Hills) highlighted the season with a record of 16-3 at the No. 1 position.  Their 16 wins ties a single-season school record for doubles victories in a season, and the 16-3 overall mark established a new single-season school record for winning percentage.

In the Hanover match, freshmen Matthew Conrad (Anderson/Lapel) led the effort by winning two matches on Saturday.  Conrad won at No. 4 singles and teamed with junior Nate Moore (Scottsdale, Ariz.) for a No. 3 doubles win.

Senior Eric Teeman (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township) added a victory at the No. 5 singles spot, with freshman Erin Miller (Stamping Ground, Ky./Scott County) capturing a straight set win at No. 6 singles.

HCAC TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND:

ROSE-HULMAN 5, HANOVER 1

SINGLES
1. Ben Paras (RHIT) vs. Gilliam, Steven (HANOVER) unfinished
2. Devon Fritz (RHIT) vs. Clark, Brian (HANOVER) unfinished
3. Nate Moore (RHIT) vs. Clark, Reid (HANOVER) unfinished
4. Matthew Conrad (RHIT) def. Myers, Jordan (HANOVER) 6-3, 6-2
5. Eric Teeman (RHIT) def. Sharpe, Devon (HANOVER) 6-0, 7-6 (7-3)
6. Erin Miller (RHIT) def. Nice, Andrew (HANOVER) 6-2, 6-3

DOUBLES 
1. Ben Paras/Devon Fritz (RHIT) def. Clark, Brian/Clark, Reid (HANOVER) 8-2
2. Nate Moore/Matthew Conrad (RHIT) def. Gilliam, Steven/Nice, Andrew (HANOVER) 8-6
3. Sharpe, Devon/Ruse, Joshua (HANOVER) def. Randy Billingsley/Erin Miller (RHIT) 8-6

HCAC TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL:

EARLHAM 5, ROSE-HULMAN 0

SINGLES
1. Anton Bartashevich (ECM) def. Ben Paras (RHIT) 6-0, 6-0
2. Phillip Locklear (ECM) def. Devon Fritz (RHIT) 6-1, 6-1
3. Kyle Richter (ECM) vs. Nate Moore (RHIT) unfinished
4. Brad Maisey (ECM) vs. Matthew Conrad (RHIT) unfinished
5. Jack Ventura-Cress (ECM) vs. Eric Teeman (RHIT) unfinished
6. Scott Lawrence (ECM) vs. Erin Miller (RHIT) unfinished

DOUBLES
1. Anton Bartashevich/Jack Ventura-Cress (ECM) def. Ben Paras/Devon Fritz (RHIT) 8-5
2. Phillip Locklear/Kyle Richter (ECM) def. Nate Moore/Matthew Conrad (RHIT) 8-6
3. Brad Maisey/Andrey Gavrilov (ECM) def. Erin Miller/Randy Billingsley (RHIT) 8-1