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 Thursday.
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 ITA.
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 each.
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.
Senior 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 October.