HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman women's tennis team
has been selected to finish second in the Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference this season, in a preseason poll of
league coaches released Tuesday.
Transylvania University was picked to win the league's
regular season title with 92 poll points and five
first-place votes. Rose-Hulman earned the second spot
with 88 poll points and four first-place
The Fightin' Engineers tied for the HCAC regular season
championship last season to earn its second consecutive league
title. Transylvania earned the NCAA Tournament bid by winning
the conference tourney in October.
Manchester received the remaining first-place vote and was
picked third with 70 points. Anderson finished fourth,
followed by Franklin and Hanover rounding out the top
Earlham was selected seventh, with Defiance, Bluffton and
Mount St. Joseph rounding out the preseason poll.
The majority of Rose-Hulman's playing rotation returns
this season, including all three players who won double figure
match totals in singles play in 2011.
The returnees include Rose-Hulman's No. 1 singles
player and an all-conference selection in junior Marie
Stettler (Edgerton, Wis./Senior), who finished 9-6 in
singles and 13-2 in doubles play in 2012.
Junior Paige Cook (Terre Haute/North)
finished 14-2 last year, sophomore Kylie McCollum (Lee's
Summit, Mo./West) won 10 singles matches, and senior
all-league selection Melissa Montgomery
(Alexandria/Monroe) also won 10 singles
Rose-Hulman opens the season at the Thomas More Doubles
Invitational on Sept. 1.