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Men’s tennis wins 8th straight HCAC title

Transylvania won its eighth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s tennis tournament championship and made its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Division III Championships while compiling a 12-6 overall record, including a 7-0 regular season mark in the HCAC.

In the HCAC tournament, played at the West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis, Transy defeated Manchester College and Franklin College to make the finals, where the Pioneers dispatched Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 5-2. That marked the 64th straight HCAC win for Transy in a streak that dates back to the 2002 season.

The Pioneers headed for host Washington and Lee University to take on Wilkes University, champions of the Freedom Conference, in NCAA Division III action. Transy won two of three doubles matches to open play, then lost four singles matches in a 5-2 loss that ended the season.

Sophomore Will Palmer won his second straight HCAC Player of the Year award as he compiled a 17-7 record playing at No. 1 in singles and doubles. His HCAC mark was 13-1, including 5-0 in the conference tourney.

Pioneers who joined Palmer on the All-HCAC first team were seniors Kyle Clayton, Lee Gammon, and Dalton Main, and sophomore Joseph Glass.

Head coach Chuck Brown was honored by his peers with his eighth straight HCAC Coach of the Year award. His all-time Transy record is 116-32, including a 58-4 conference mark.

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