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Women’s tennis wins HCAC flighted tourney

The women’s tennis team finished second in regular season Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, won the HCAC flighted tournament, and finished second in the HCAC tournament on the way to a successful 8-3 season record under head coach Chuck Brown.

The Pioneers dispatched five HCAC foes in a row to begin the season, then fell to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 6-3 in a home match. The only other loss before the conference tournament was to Centre College by a 6-3 score on the Colonels’ home courts.

Sarah RidleyTransy took first place in the HCAC flighted tournament, played at the West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis. This meet determines individual singles and doubles winners among all nine conference teams. The top four teams advance to the HCAC tourney. Transy winners were junior Kelsey Fulkerson (No. 1 singles), senior Sarah Ridley (No. 3 singles; pictured left), junior Stephanie Townsend (No. 4 singles), and sophomore Kaitlyn Hizny and senior Abby Newcom (No. 3 doubles).

In the HCAC tournament, also played at the West Indy Racquet Club, Transy easily eliminated Franklin College in the semifinals 5-0, then fell to top seed Rose-Hulman 5-2 in the championship match. For the Pioneers, Fulkerson won in No. 1 singles, then teamed up with Ridley to take the No. 1 doubles match.

Fulkerson, who was a perfect 14-0 in league matches (16-0 overall), was named HCAC Player of the Year, the first Transy woman to win that honor. She was joined on the All-HCAC first team by Ridley, Townsend, and senior Katie Boone. Brown shared Coach of the Year honors with Manchester College’s Eric Christiansen.

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