Men’s tennis shares HCAC season crown
The men’s tennis team turned in another highly successful season with a 7-1 regular-season record against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference teams, good for a tie for the title with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. It was the ninth straight year the Pioneers had either won or shared the title. Under head coach Chuck Brown, Transylvania’s overall record for the year was 10-5.
Even with those achievements, however, the season brought a shocker to the program as the Pioneers lost a match to an HCAC foe for the first time in nine years. Before Earlham College defeated Transylvania 8-1 in a home match for the Pioneers on April 17, Transylvania had won an astounding 68 matches in a row against conference opponents. The last loss had come in 2002 against Anderson University.
Earlham came back to eliminate Transylvania 5-1 in the finals of the HCAC tournament, an event the Pioneers had won eight years in a row. Playing at the West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis, Transylvania could win but one match, a No. 6 singles victory (7-6 , 6-0) by sophomore Tyler Pewitt.
A highlight of regular-season play came during the spring break trip to Orange Beach, Ala., when Transylvania defeated Spring Hill College 7-2.
Transylvania placed three juniors on the All-HCAC first team: Patrick Corbett, Keith Henderson, and Will Palmer (right). Palmer, a two-time HCAC Player of the Year, was a first-team pick for the third straight season. Henderson was honored for the second time, and Corbett made the team for the first time.