HCAC Tournament run for men's tennis ends in semifinal round

Keith Asplund

INDIANAPOLIS – The Hanover College men's tennis team saw its 2018-19 season come to an end Saturday afternoon, falling to Earlham in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals, 5-0.

Hanover entered the tournament, hosted by West Indy Racquet Club, as the No. 3 seed and made its fourth consecutive HCAC Tournament semifinal appearance after defeating Anderson Friday evening, 5-0. The No. 2 Quakers advance to Sunday's championship match against No. 1 Rose-Hulman.

The Panthers dropped all three doubles matches Saturday to find themselves in an early hole. Freshmen Keith Asplund (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and Pablo Gallart (Serra, Spain) nearly stole the second doubles match before dropping an 8-6 decision.

Sophomore Roger Trombley (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) and freshman Connor Garrison (Louisville, Ky.) suffered an 8-2 setback at No. 1. Capping doubles competition were juniors Landon Carrico (New Albany, Ind.) and Jonathan Helmers (Cincinnati, Ohio), who fell 8-3.

Earlham went on to take the first two singles matches to finish to secure the overall match and concluding play. Gallart dropped a 7-5, 6-2 decision at No. 1, while Asplund won the first set at No. 3, 6-3, before falling in the next two frames, 7-5, 6-1.

The Blue and Red conclude the season with a 10-7 overall record and finished 6-1 in HCAC play. To go along with continuing its run to the HCAC Tournament semifinals, Hanover has now won double-digit matches in four straight seasons. Prior to Saturday's contest, the Panthers had won a season-best eight consecutive matches.

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