Men's Tennis Looks for First HCAC Championship

Hendrickson1TERRE 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 p.m.

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.