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May 3, 2014
Earlham College Broadcast Sports

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Earlham College men's tennis team advanced to the
championship match of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on
Saturday with a 5-1 win over Franklin College.

The top-seeded Quakers (15-6) meet No. 3 Transylvania University (8-6) on Sunday at
the West Indy Racquet Club at 2 p.m. The winner receives the HCAC's automatic bid to
the NCAA Division III Tournament that begins next week.

Transylvania defeated the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 5-2 on Saturday to
move to the finals.

Earlham, ranked 10th in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division
III Men's Central Region Poll, led 2-1 after the doubles competition.

Anton Bartashevich and Jack Ventura-Cruess beat Ryan Hammer and Ethan Caldwell 8-5
at No. 1, while Phillip Locklear and Hank Levin took care of Jared Hunt and Luke
Snyder 8-2 at No. 2.

In singles play, the Quakers ended the contest with three wins as they won their
40th match in a row against conference opponents.

Locklear defeated Caldwell 6-4, 6-1 in the second position. Levin blanked Snyder
6-0, 6-0 at the third spot.

At No. 4, Ventura-Cruess posted a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Evan Pierle.

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