Women's Tennis Clinches First HCAC Regular Season Title


HANOVER, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women's tennis team won its first conference championship in program history with a dramatic 5-4 win over Franklin College and an 8-1 victory over Hanover on Saturday.
Franklin held a 4-3 lead over the Engineers with the No. 4 and No. 5 singles matches still on court.  Sophomore Melissa Montgomery (Alexandria/ Monroe) (pictured) fought off three match points in a third-set tiebreaker to capture an 11-9 victory and knot the overall match at 4-4.

Freshman Colleen Stevenson (Bolton, Mass./Nashoba Regional) came from one set behind to force a third-set tiebreaker, then won 10-6 to lead Rose-Hulman to its first conference title.

Other winners for Rose-Hulman included the No. 3 doubles team of freshmen Paige Cook (Terre Haute/North) and Lauren Reberger (Brazil/Northview) by an 8-1 margin; freshman freshman Marie Stettler (Edgerton, Wis.) by a 6-1, 6-1 margin at No. 3 singles; and junior Klara Schroederus (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) by a 6-2, 6-0 score at No. 6 singles.

In the nightcap, Montgomery and sophomore Sage Sackett (Kalamazoo, Mich./Mattawan) earned sweeps in singles and doubles play.  Stettler, Stevenson and Schroederus added singles victories, with Cook and Reberger winning again in doubles play.  Chann and Stettler also recorded a No. 1 doubles win.

Rose-Hulman improved to 9-1 on the season and completed the HCAC regular season with a perfect 8-0 record.  The Fightin' Engineers travel to Oakland City on Sunday and will compete in the HCAC Tournament, with the winner receiving an NCAA Tournament bid, on Oct. 15.


1. Morgan Bright (F) def. Megan Chann 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (8)
2. Heather Pasek (F) def. Sage Sackett 6-2, 7-5
3. Marie Stettler (R) def. Kalyi Schafer 6-1, 6-1
4. Melissa Montgomery (R) def. Chelsy Gott 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (9)
5. Colleen Stevenson (R) def. Rain Tuley 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (6)
6. Klara Schroederus (R) def. Adrian Gillaspy 6-2, 6-0


1. Bright/Schafer (F) def. Chann/Stettler 8-5
2. Pasek/Gott (F) def. Montgomery/Sackett 8-6
3. Paige Cook/Lauren Reberger (R) def. McAdams/Tuley 8-1


1. Angela Parry-Lemon (H) def. Megan Chann 7-5, 6-4
2. Sage Sackett (R) def. Kathleen Brinegar 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (6)
3. Marie Stettler (R) def. Amanda Learned 6-4, 6-4
4. Melissa Montgomery (R) def. Heather Washburn 6-2, 6-1
5. Colleen Stevenson (R) def. Kim Fong 6-4, 6-0
6. Klara Schroederus (R) def. Holly Brucken 6-0, 6-0


1. Chann/Stettler (R) def. Parry-Lemon/Danielle Miller 8-2
2. Montgomery/Sackett (R) def. Fong/Washburn 9-8
3. Paige Cook/Lauren Reberger (R) def. Rachel Edwards/Jennifer Hurst 8-2