TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – For the fourth consecutive year, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's tennis team will compete in the NCAA Division III men's tennis tournament. The Fightin' Engineers defeated Earlham College on Sunday in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship to earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Rose-Hulman will head to the University of Chicago for the Second Round match on Saturday May 12. The Fightin' Engineers received a bye into the Round of 32 and will face No. 9 Carnegie Mellon and the teams will play at 2 p.m. Central Time.
Fightin' Engineer Season in Review:
* Rose-Hulman stands 17-10 in 2018.
* The Fightin' Engineers are 17-4 against NCAA Division III teams this season.
* Rose has played one of the toughest schedules in program history with four matches coming against NCAA Division I opponents.
* Rose-Hulman swept through Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play this season with a 7-0 league mark and wins over Franklin and Earlham in the HCAC Tournament.
* RHIT extended their dominance over HCAC opponents to 39 straight victories following the team's win over Earlham in the HCAC Championship.
Players to Watch:
* Ian Landwehr has been Rose's No. 1 singles player in 2018. Landwehr went a perfect 19-0 against Division III opponents this season. Landwehr has twice been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week and has been ranked as high as No. 18 in ITA Central Region singles rankings.
* Senior Cam Metzger was named the 2018 HCAC Tournament MVP on Sunday. Metzger is the only Rose-Hulman athlete in the history of the school to compete in four NCAA Division III Tournaments. Metzger moved into No. 2 in Rose-Hulman history with 61 career singles wins following a victory against Franklin College on Saturday.
* Junior Andre Adam has compiled a 17-7 mark in singles action this season. Adam has gone 4-0 at the No. 2 slot and 12-6 at No. 3 singles. Adam owns a career singles record of 55-26.
* Austin Perry and Andrew Schiffman have both split time this season between the No. 4 and No. 5 singles flights. Perry has posted an overall singles record of 17-11 this spring. Schiffman has gone 15-11 in singles play in 2018. Both players notched victories in the HCAC Tournament this past weekend.
* Senior Brendan Goldacker has anchored Rose's No. 6 singles flight and No. 3 doubles slot this season.
* Grant Stamper, Ben Strate, and Jacob Pluta round out the RHIT lineup. All three have seen action this season. Stamper has posted a 5-1 singles record this year while Strate has gone 3-1. Stamper and Strate have teamed up for a 4-0 doubles mark this season. Pluta has added a pair of wins at No. 6 singles this season.
Second Round Opponent: No. 9 Carnegie Mellon University Tartans
* Carnegie Mellon University is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
* The Tartans are members of the UAA (University Athletic Association)
* Carnegie Mellon heads to Chicago with an overall record of 14-7.
* CMU has seven wins against ranked Division III teams this season.
The Chicago Regional at a Glance:
Friday May 11
Match 1: Augustana (Ill.) vs. John Carroll - 1 p.m. CT
Saturday May 12
Match 2: #7 University of Chicago vs. Winner of Match 1 - 10 a.m. CT
Match 3: #9 Carnegie Mellon vs. Rose-Hulman - 2 p.m. CT
Sunday May 13
Match 4: Winner of Match 2 vs. Winner of Match 3 - 12 p.m. CT
*** Weather Information ***
In the event of inclement weather, the tennis matches will be moved from the campus of Chicago to the following off-campus, indoor facility:
5336 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois