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Women’s tennis makes HCAC meet for first time

Kelsey Fulkerson
Kelsey Fulkerson

The women’s tennis team won a spot in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference team championships for the first time in school history as the Pioneers compiled a 5-3 HCAC record for the season, playing all their matches against conference opponents.

Transy lost to Franklin College 5-3 in the semifinal round of the HCAC championships, played at the West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis. Leading the way for the Pioneers was first-year player Kelsey Fulkerson, who topped Franklin’s Morgan Bright in No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-1. She teamed with sophomore Katie Boone to take the No. 1 doubles match by 9-8 (7-2). Transy’s other point came from first-year player Stephanie Townsend, who won at No. 4 singles.

A highlight of the regular season was Transy’s 6-3 home win over Manchester College, which snapped a 39-match Spartans win streak over HCAC opponents. Manchester was the six-time defending HCAC champion at the time, and went on to capture the 2008 title. It was the first match for the Pioneers in their new tennis facility.

“That has to be one of the biggest wins in the history of the Transy women’s tennis program,” said head coach Chuck Brown. “It was a great way to open our new tennis complex.”

Transy also played well in the HCAC Flighted Tournament for individuals, played a week before the conference tournament and also held at the West Indy Racquet Club. Fulkerson was seeded second in No. 1 singles, the first Transy women’s player to earn an HCAC seed, and advanced to the finals before losing. She teamed with Boone as the top seeds in No. 1 doubles, the first top seed for a Transy duo, and also made the finals before meeting defeat. The team tied Franklin College for third place overall.

Fulkerson, who was an HCAC Player of the Week after her heroics against Manchester, was named to the All-HCAC team, along with Boone. Playing at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles, Fulkerson had a season record of 13-3 for both positions. Boone was 12-3 in her No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles play.

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