INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Second-seeded Earlham College men's tennis took all three doubles matches off third-seeded Hanover College and then picked up the two wins it needed in singles play to post a 5-1 victory over the Panthers, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Tournament Semifinal match on Saturday at the West Indy Racquet Club.
The Quakers (20-4) advance to Sunday's Championship match against Rose-Hulman, which will start at 10:00 a.m. at the West Indy Racquet Club.
The win, Earlham's 20th of the season, also sets a new program record for most wins in a season, eclipsing the previous mark of 19 victories set in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
With seniors Vitalii Stadnyk and Vojislav Tatarevic absent from the start of the match so they could participate in Earlham's Commencement exercises, the Quakers were forced to adjust their doubles lineup – but didn't miss a beat in dismantling Hanover.
The duo of Nicola Manni and Joaquin Lerner posted an 8-4 win at no. 1 doubles, while Aleksandr Sergeev and Jason Lawson won by an identical score at no. 3 doubles. Brandon Giordanelli and Adarsh Singh came away with an 8-5 score in their match at no. 2 doubles.
Stadnyk and Tatarevic were back in the lineup for singles play, but they never became a factor. Manni and Sergeev quickly notched singles victories at no. 4 and no. 2 singles respectively, bringing a quick end to the match with the Quakers' fifth point.
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