Men’s tennis wins HCAC, plays in NCAA tourney
For the sixth year in a row, the men’s tennis team completed another perfect season in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, winning both the regular season title and the conference tournament. And for the second straight year, the Pioneers made an appearance in the NCAA Division III championship.
Transy put together an 8-0 regular season record in the HCAC, then added three more victories in the conference tournament to extend its amazing league win streak to 43 matches. The last time an HCAC opponent defeated the Pioneers was a 4-3 decision by Anderson University on April 13, 2002.
Transy did not drop a single individual match in rolling to the conference tournament title, ousting Bluffton University in the first round, Hanover College in the semifinals, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the finals, each by 5-0 scores.
The Pioneers took on Ohio Northern University in the NCAA’s first round, played at Kenyon College, and lost to the Polar Bears 5-1. That gave Transy a 16-6 overall record for the season.
Transy swept individual honors in the HCAC, beginning with Player of the Year Parker Gregory, who won the honor for the second year in a row. First-year teammate Collin St. Clair was named Freshman of the Year. Joining Gregory and St. Clair on the All-HCAC team were sophomores Kyle Clayton and Lee Gammon.
Head coach Chuck Brown was named the conference’s Coach of the Year for the sixth straight time. Brown has now fashioned an 87-24 record over seven seasons heading the Pioneers.