ANDERSON, Ind. – The Hanover College men's tennis team won its fifth straight match Monday afternoon, defeating Anderson on the road, 9-0.
The Panthers (7-6, 4-1 HCAC) have now won four consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matches, blanking each of their last three opponents. Hanover, who has the third longest active winning streak in the HCAC, currently sits third in the league standings, one game back of Rose-Hulman for first place.
The Blue and Red swept the three doubles matches against Anderson (2-9, 2-4 HCAC), including final scores of 8-1 in both the second and third spots. Freshmen Keith Asplund (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and freshman Pablo Gallart (Serra, Spain) won their fourth straight outing, winning at No. 3. Juniors Landon Carrico (New Albany, Ind.) and Jonathan Helmers (Cincinnati, Ohio) also earned an 8-1 decision Monday for their third straight victory.
Also picking up their third consecutive win were sophomore Roger Trombley (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) and freshman Connor Garrison (Louisville, Ky.). Trombley and Garrison outlasted their Raven opponents in a tiebreaker, 8-7.
Singles play saw all six Panther competitors win in straight sets. Highlighting singles play were Carrico and sophomore Jed Fajt (Greencastle, Ind.), who extended their respective winning streaks to seven and five matches. Carrico blanked his opponent, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2, and has won every match during his active streak in straight sets. Fajt won at No. 5 by a score of 6-2, 6-1.
Asplund (6-2, 6-1) and Helmers (6-0, 6-2) lost just five games over a combined four sets at Nos. 3 and 4. Gallart took the top spot, 6-4, 6-1, and freshman Jalen Simmons (Indianapolis, Ind.) was a 7-5, 6-3 winner at No. 6.
With three matches remaining in the regular season, Hanover has now secured a spot in its fourth straight HCAC Tournament. The Panthers will also earn a top three seed with two wins in their final three matches this week.
Hanover's next outing is scheduled for 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at Mt. St. Joseph.
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