DEFIANCE, OHIO -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology captured at least a share of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's tennis regular season championship with a 9-0 victory at Defiance College on Saturday.
The championship marks the first conference title in the history of men's tennis at Rose-Hulman.
The Fightin' Engineers completed the HCAC regular season schedule with a 7-1 record. Both Earlham College and Transylvania University also have one loss in conference play, setting the stage for a potential three-way tie atop the regular season standings.
The upcoming HCAC Tournament, scheduled for April 30 and May 1 in Indianapolis, will determine the league representative to the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament.
Senior Seth Hendrickson (Crawfordsville) (pictured) provided the conference title clinching win with his 6-1, 6-0 victory at the No. 5 singles position that provided the fifth and deciding point in the Defiance match.
Other singles winners included sophomore Ben Paras (Tucson, Ariz./Nordhoff) at the No. 1 position; senior David Becerra (Brownsburg/Covenant Christian) at the No. 2 spot; senior Alex Gumz (Palatine, Ill./William Fremd) at the No. 3 position; sophomore Devon Fritz (Lakeside, Calif./West Hills) at No. 4; and senior Brent Frizzell (Avon) at No. 6.
Doubles winners included the tandem of Paras and senior Dallas Burton (Haughton, La./Louisiana Math and Science) at the No. 1 spot; Becerra and Hendrickson at No. 2; and Fritz with Gumz at No. 3.
The men's squad joined the women's tennis team as a regular season conference champion in 2010-11. The women earned a bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament in the fall.
"This is a win for the Rose-Hulman tennis family," said Rose-Hulman head coach Dan Hopkins. "Our men's and women's tennis teams practice together, play intramurals together and are each other's biggest fans. It's a true Rose-Hulman story, and it's wonderful to see both teams enjoy so much success."
Rose-Hulman improved to 9-7 overall and 7-1 in league play. Earlier in the day, the Engineers claimed a 9-0 victory over Grand Rapids Community College in an exhibition match.
The Engineers return home on Wednesday with a matchup against Vincennes University.
ROSE-HULMAN 9, DEFIANCE 0
1 - Ben Paras (R) def. Trevor Ault 6-4, 6-4
2 - David Becerra (R) def. Austin Gray 6-3, 6-0
3 - Alex Gumz (R) def. Mark Vandevender 6-2, 6-1
4 - Devon Fritz (R) def. Cord Speelman 6-1, 6-1
5 - Seth Hendrickson (R) def. Craig Bills 6-1, 6-0
6 - Brent Frizzell (R) def. Jaiden Henderson 6-0, 6-0
1 - Paras/Dallas Burton (R) def. Ault/Speelman 8-1
2 - Becerra/Hendrickson (R) def. Vandevender/Gray 8-2
3 - Fritz/Gumz (R) def. Bills/Chance Brown 8-0
ROSE-HULMAN 9, GRAND RAPIDS C.C. 0
1 - Ben Paras (R) def. Chambers 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (3)
2 - David Becerra (R) def. Bridges 6-2, 6-3
3 - Dallas Burton (R) def. Ben Esh-Nauta 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (2)
4 - Devon Fritz (R) def. Matt Jackson 6-3, 6-1
5 - Seth Hendrickson (R) def. Demitrius Buck 6-3, 6-2
6 - Brent Frizzell (R) def. Tim Hitchkus 6-2, 6-3
1 - Becerra/Hendrickson (R) def. Bridges/Chambers 9-7
2 - Fritz/Gumz (R) def. Esh-Nauta/Jackson 8-1
3 - Paras/Frizzell (R) def. J. Buck/D. Buck 8-0