INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – The Earlham College men's tennis team saw its season come to an end with a 5-2 loss to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament championship match held at the West Indy Racquet Club on Sunday.
The Quakers, which fell behind 3-0 after doubles at Rose-Hulman last week, were determined not to let that happen this time around. After losing first doubles 8-3, junior Vojislav Tatarevic and sophomore Nicola Manni defeated Austin Perry and Joe Kendall 8-4 at third doubles.
Rose-Hulman, which won the HCAC Tournament title for the third straight yet, quickly won second and third singles to get within one flight from winning the match. Tatarevic won his fifth singles match 6-1, 6-3 to get the Quakers' their second flight, but Andre Adam sealed the match for the Engineers with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Aleksandr Sergeev at fourth singles.
Due to the HCAC Tournament matches being played to decision, first and sixth singles did not finish.
Earlham finishes its season with an 18-7 overall record and runner-up finishes in both the HCAC regular season and the HCAC Tournament. The Quakers advanced to the HCAC Tournament for the seventh straight season as well as playing in the HCAC Tournament final for the fifth time in seven seasons.