April 26, 2012Richmond High School
DAYTON, Ohio — One goal accomplished.
The Earlham College men's tennis team achieved one of its goals on Wednesday as the
Quakers defeated Transylvania University 9-0 to claim the regular season Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference championship.
"It was a great win for us," Earlham Head Coach Adam Van Zee said. "We reached one
of our goals, but we still have a lot more to do for the conference tournament. "
The Quakers are now 17-1 and finish the spring with a perfect 9-0 mark in the HCAC.
The Pioneers are 8-5 overall and 6-1 in the conference.
For Earlham, the victory clinched a second straight regular season HCAC crown after
the Quakers shared it a year ago. The 17 wins also equals last year's victory total
when the Quakers were 17-4 and won the conference tournament title and qualified for
the NCAA Tournament.
The win also means that the Quakers earn the top seed in the upcoming HCAC
Tournament that will be in Indianapolis on May 5-6 at the West Indy Racquet Club.
Earlham swept the doubles competition in the contest that was moved to the Dayton
Center Courts earlier in the afternoon because of a poor weather forecast.
Hank Levin and Anton Bartashevich defeated Will Palmer and Keith Henderson 8-5 at
Brad Maisey and Andrey Gavrilov took care of Patrick Richardson and Tyler Pewitt 8-2
at No. 2.
Scott Lawrence and Nabil Parkar needed a tiebreaker to win 9-8 (10-3) over Jordan
Evans and Kim Pescher at No. 3.
In singles action, Levin battled some illness during his 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7) win
over Palmer at No. 1, while Bartashevich defeated Henderson 6-1, 7-5 at No. 2.
At No. 3, Gavrilov beat Richardson 6-3, 6-1 a and Maisey won 6-0, 6-2 over Pewitt at
Lawrence posted a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Evans at No. 5.
David Bluestein finished the match with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Pescher.
The Quakers finish the regular season on Sunday with a non-conference match at Miami
University-Hamilton at noon.