TERRE HAUTE, IND. --
The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's tennis team can
clinch a share of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
championship with a victory at Defiance College on Saturday at 2:30
The men's tennis team currently stands tied with Earlham and
Transylvania atop the HCAC standings with one loss each. The
Engineers defeated Earlham 5-4, before the Quakers topped
Transylvania 8-1 earlier this spring.
Rose-Hulman stands 6-1 in HCAC play and can also clinch its 14th
consecutive season with a .500 or above record with a win at
Defiance on Saturday. The Engineers are 8-7 overall, while
Defiance enters the match wtih a 3-17 mark.
If Rose-Hulman earns the victory, the Fightin' Engineers would
capture the first conference title in men's tennis history at the
college. The team has finished second in the HCAC in 2008,
2009 and 2010.
Senior Seth Hendrickson (Crawfordsville)
(pictured) leads the Engineers in singles wins and
winning percentage this season. Hendrickson stands 13-5
overall and is second ins chool history with 51 singles victories,
10 behind the mark set by Jose Penaloza from 1994-96.
Sophomore Devon Fritz (Lakeside, Calif./West
Hills) ranks second on the team with 12 wins against just
six losses at primarily the No. 4 singles position. Senior
David Becerra (Brownsburg/Covenant Christian)
stands third on the team with nine victories.
Fritz has teamed with senior Alex Gumz (Palatine,
Ill.) for an impressive 9-2 mark at the No. 3
doubles position. Becerra and Hendrickson have also teamed up
for nine doubles wins this spring.
Rose-Hulman has one regular season match remaining following
Saturday's action, a Wednesday home matchup with Vincennes
University. The Fightin' Engineers will compete in the HCAC
Tournament on April 30-May 1, with the winner receiving an
automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.