TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology women's tennis team will hit the road for Sewanee,
Tenn., to open the 2011 NCAA Division III Tournament on
The Fightin' Engineers will square off with the host Sewanee
Tigers on Thursday at 10 a.m. Central time (11 a.m. Eastern time in
Indiana). The winner of the first-round matchup will face
Washington University (Mo.) on Friday at 10 a.m. Central time.
Sewanee enters the matchup with a record of 19-6 on the season
and finished second in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Tournament, falling 7-2 to DePauw University in the championship
match. The Tigers are ranked No. 18 nationally by the
Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Washington University received a first-round bye after compiling
a 16-5 regular season mark. The Bears will enter Tuesday's
second round match as the No. 13 ranked team nationally by the
First, second and third-round competition will take place on May
12-14 at Sewanee. The national quarterfinals, semifinals
and finals are scheduled for May 24-26
at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer
Colleges in California.
Rose-Hulman earned its first NCAA Tournament bid in
the sport of tennis by winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference championships by a 5-2 margin over Transylvania
University on October 15.
The Fightin' Engineers enter the NCAA Tournament with a 14-4
overall record, including a 13-2 mark against NCAA Division III
competition. Rose-Hulman's only losses against NCAA Division
III foes this season occurred to No. 17 ranked DePauw and No. 30
ranked Wheaton (Ill.).
Senior Klara Schroederus (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook
South) (pictured at top) and freshman
Marie Stettler (Edgerton, Wis./Senior) (second from
top) lead the Engineers with 16 singles wins
Schroederus has a 16-4 singles record to rank fourth in
single-season school history in winning percentage (.800).
Her career singles mark of 34-13 (.723) ranks second on
Rose-Hulman's winning percentage list and stands third on the
career singles wins list. Stettler ranks fifth in
single-season school history with her .762 mark.
Freshman Colleen Stevenson (Bolton, Mass./Nashoba
Regional) stands third on the team with 12 singles
victories and a .667 winning percentage this season.
Megan Chann (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) (at
right) and sophomore Melissa Montgomery
(Alexandria, Ind./Monroe) have won 11 singles matches
each, with sophomore Sage Sackett (Kalamazoo,
Mich./Mattawan) contributing nine victories.
Chann also ranks in Rose-Hulman school history in singles
wins (4th with 34), doubles wins (2nd with 52) and combined wins
(2nd with 83).
Rose-Hulman's three doubles teams have also enjoyed success this
season. Chann and Stettler have combined for nine wins at the
No. 1 position. Montgomery and Sackett rank fourth in
single-season school history with 11 wins against just four losses
at No. 2 doubles. The tandem of freshmen Paige Cook
(Terre Haute, Ind./North Vigo) and Lauren Reberger
(Brazil/Northview) stand 8-4 overall at No. 3 doubles.
Rose-Hulman earned its first conference regular season
championship by defeating Franklin College 5-4 and Hanover College
8-1 on Sept. 25. The Fightin' Engineers then captured their
first HCAC Tournament title with the victory over Transylvania last
#1 in the nation for 15 years!
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