Match Preview

746MensteamTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's tennis team travels to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament this weekend in search of the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.

The Fightin' Engineers earned the No. 1 seed and a first round bye in the conference tournament with a 7-1 record in league play.  Rose-Hulman also secured its 17th consecutive season at .500 or above with a 10-7 overall mark.

Rose-Hulman will play Transylvania University, after the Pioneers topped Anderson 5-0 on Saturday morning.  The HCAC semifinal match at West Indy Racquet Club begins at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The top two players have served as two keys in Rose-Hulman's success this season.  Brandon Benedict has a 13-4 record at the No. 1 singles position, and Georges Adam stands 12-5 at the No. 2 spot.  The duo have combined as the No. 1 doubles team and have a 13-4 overall mark.

Sophomore Matthew Conrad has a 10-7 mark at No. 3 singles, and freshman Joe Kendall is also over .500 at 9-8 at the No. 6 spot. 

The No. 2 doubles team of Conrad and Nate Moore has a 9-7 record, while the duo of Erin Miller and Ray Montgomery have an 11-4 mark at the No. 3 spot.

The winner of Saturday's semifinal matches will meet for the HCAC tournament championship on Sunday at 10 a.m.  Sunday's winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.