Coaches Select Earlham to Repeat as HCAC Men's Tennis Champs
January 29, 2013Richmond High School
GREENWOOD, IN - Earlham College's men's tennis team has been unanimously
selected as the front runner to win the 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference championship. In a poll of the ten HCAC head coaches, the Quakers
received a maximum total of 100 points and all ten first place votes.
2013 HCAC Preseason Poll
Mount St. Joseph
Transylvania University placed second in the poll with 89 points, while
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is picked to finish third in the
conference standings this fall with 72 points. Franklin College (71
points), Hanover College (60), Anderson University (56), Manchester
University (36), College of Mount St. Joseph (28), Defiance College (27),
and Bluffton University (11) round out the poll.
The Quakers are coming off a 19-2 season and 9-0 conference record, claiming
their second straight HCAC championship. Earlham won the HCAC tournament and
fell in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Baldwin-Wallace, ending
its season. EC enters the 2013 conference season looking for a third
Coach Adam Van Zee returns three First-Team All-HCAC selections to the
Earlham lineup this spring. Sophomore Anton Bartashevich (Moscow, Russia),
junior Andrey Gavrilov (Yaroslavl, Russia), and senior Brad Maisey (Mt.
Maunganui, New Zealand) will look to pick up where they left off last
season. Bartashevich posted an 8-0 league record in singles action and was
7-0 in doubles. Gavrilov was also 8-0 in singles and earned a 9-0 mark in
doubles, while Maisey was a perfect 16-0 in league matches.
Transylvania will look to challenge the Quakers for the top of the HCAC
standings. The Pioneers finished second in the standings last spring with
an 8-1 record and finished the season 11-6 overall. Transy returns one
First-Team All-HCAC member from a year ago. Senior Keith Henderson
(Lexington, Ky./Lafayette) will look to lead the Pioneers lineup among the
league's elite this spring. Henderson led the Pioneers with an 8-1 mark at
No. 1 and 2 singles and finished 7-2 at the top doubles position.
Rose-Hulman finished the 2012 season fourth in the conference standings,
earning a 6-3 HCAC record. The Engineers finished the season 10-7 overall.
Seniors Ben Paras (Tucson, Ariz./Nordhoff) and Devin Fritz (Lakeside,
Cali./West Hills) return to the Engineer lineup after earning First-Team
All-HCAC honors last spring. Paras was 4-5 at No. 1 singles for the
Engineers last season and held a 5-4 record at No. 1 doubles. Fritz
finished the season 6-3 at No. 2 doubles, while teaming with Paras at No. 1
The 2013 men's tennis season is set to begin on February 9.
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