INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's tennis team will compete for its fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament on Sunday after defeating Franklin College 5-0 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals.
Rose-Hulman and Earlham will square off for the HCAC Tournament championship and a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament on Sunday at 10 a.m. at West Indy Racquet Club.
Rose-Hulman enters the match with 38 consecutive victories against HCAC opposition and seeks its fourth straight HCAC Tournament title. The Fightin' Engineers narrowly defeated Earlham 5-4 in Richmond last weekend to secure the conference regular season championship.
On Saturday against Franklin, Rose-Hulman relied on a team effort in an efficient 5-0 victory. Doubles winners included Cam Metzger and Andre Adam 8-3 at No. 1; Andrew Schiffman and Brendan Goldacker 8-2 at No. 2; and Ben Strate with Grant Stamper 8-1 at No. 3.
In singles play, Metzger earned a 6-0, 6-1 victory at the No. 2 flight. Perry won 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 5 position as the match was played to decision. Metzger also moved into No. 2 in Rose-Hulman history with 61 career singles wins in the performance.
Rose-Hulman stands 16-10 overall and 16-4 against NCAA Division III opposition, while Earlham has a 20-4 overall record entering Sunday's conference title match.