Men's Tennis Falls in HCAC Semifinals

Becerra-2INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology reached the semifinal round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Tournament before falling 5-2 to Earlham on Saturday.

Rose-Hulman previously defeated Mount St. Joseph 5-1 in the quarterfinal round earlier in the day.

The historic season featured Rose-Hulman's first regular season conference championship in men's tennis and the team's 14th consecutive season with a .500 or above record at 10-8.

Against Mount St. Joseph, singles winners for the Engineers included senior David Becerra (Brownsburg/Covenant Christian) (pictured) at the No. 2 spot, senior Seth Hendrickson (Crawfordsville) at the No. 4 position, and senior Brent Frizzell (Avon) at No. 6.

The doubles tandem of Becerra and Hendrickson contributed a No. 2 doubles victory by an 8-0 margin.  The No. 3 doubles team of Fritz and senior Alex Gumz (Palatine, Ill./William Fremd) added an 8-2 victory.

In the Earlham match, Becerra and Hendrickson capped their careers with a 9-8 victory at No. 2 doubles.  Hendrickson added his 54th career win, ranking second on the college's all-time list, by earning a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles.

HCAC TOURNAMENT RESULTS

HCAC QUARTERFINAL
ROSE-HULMAN 5, MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 1

SINGLES
1 - Ben Paras (R) vs. Sandy Berry - Did not finish
2 - David Becerra (R) def. Clayton Steinriede 6-1, 6-1
3 - Alex Gumz (R) vs. Kyle Smith - Did not finish
4 - Seth Hendrickson (R) def. Max Withrow 6-1, 6-2
5 - Devon Fritz (R) vs. Tyler Esham - Did not finish
6 - Brent Frizzell (R) def. Matt Schmittou 6-1, 6-2

DOUBLES
1 - Berry/Smith (M) def. Paras/Dallas Burton 8-4
2 - Becerra/Hendrickson (R) def. Steinriede/Esham 8-0
3 - Fritz/Gumz (R) def. Withrow/Price Combs (M) 8-2

HCAC SEMIFINAL
EARLHAM 5, ROSE-HULMAN 2

SINGLES
1 - Henry Levin (E) def. Ben Paras 6-3, 6-2
2 - Andrey Gavrilov (E) def. David Becerra 6-1, 6-2
3 - Brad Maisey (E) def. Alex Gumz 6-1, 6-1
4 - Seth Hendrickson (R) def. Scott Lawrence 6-2, 6-1
5 - Devon Fritz (R) vs. Mike Von Vogt - Did Not Finish
6 - Brent Frizzell (R) vs. Johnny Kauffman - Did Not Finish

DOUBLES
1 - Levin/Kauffman (E) def. Paras/Dallas Burton 8-5
2 - Becerra/Hendrickson (R) def. Maisey/Von Vogt 9-8 (5)
3 - Gavrilov/Lawrence (E) def. Gumz/Fritz 9-7