TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's tennis team hits the road for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday in Indianapolis.
The Fightin' Engineers open the six-team, single-elimination tournament against Hanover College at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Rose-Hulman stands 10-7 overall and finished 6-3 in league play after winning nine of its last 11 matches of the regular season.
The doubles tandem of Ben Paras and Devon Fritz is on pace to set new single-season school records. The duo stands 15-2 overall and needs one victory to tie the college's single-season win record.
In singles play, No. 4 player Matthew Conrad and No. 5 player Eric Teeman have won nine of their last 10 matches entering the HCAC Tourney. Conrad is 13-4 overall, while Teeman compiling a 10-4 mark.
The winner of the six-team tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The winner of the Rose-Hulman vs. Hanover match will advance to the HCAC Semifinal Round at 2 p.m. on Saturday against top-seeded Earlham. Championship round action is set for 10 a.m. on Sunday.
2013 HCAC TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS
at West Indy Racquet Club
OPENING ROUND - SATURDAY MAY 4
#4 Rose-Hulman vs. #5 Hanover, 9 a.m.
#3 Franklin vs. #6 Defiance, 9 a.m.
SEMIFINAL ROUND - SATURDAY MAY 4
#1 Earlham vs. #4/5 Winner, 2 p.m.
#2 Transylvania vs. #3/6 Winner, 2 p.m.
CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - SUNDAY MAY 5
Semifinal Winners, 10 a.m.