May 06, 2018
Indianapolis, Indiana - The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's tennis team defeated Earlham College 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at the West Indy Racquet Club to claim their fourth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference crown. The Fightin' Engineers won their 39th straight match against HCAC opponents and will advance to the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament for the fourth straight year.
Rose-Hulman led 2-1 following doubles play on Sunday afternoon. Andrew Schiffman and Brendan Goldacker earned the first point of the day for the Fightin' Engineers following an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles. Ian Landwehr and Austin Perry battled in a back and forth match that eventually saw the duo claim an 8-6 victory at No. 2 doubles.
Austin Perry started singles play with a quick and decisive 6-1, 6-2 victory in the No. 5 position. Perry's win gave Rose-Hulman a 3-1 advantage in the match. The next singles match to conclude was at No. 1 singles. Ian Landwehr battled for a 6-3, 6-3 victory. The deciding match of the afternoon came at the No. 4 singles flight. Andrew Schiffman tallied a 6-3, 7-6 victory in tie breakers that clinched the match for the Fightin' Engineers.
The 2018 HCAC Tournament MVP was awarded to Rose-Hulman's Cam Metzger following the match. Metzger moved into No. 2 in Rose-Hulman history with 61 career singles wins following a victory against Franklin College yesterday. His match this afternoon went against Earlham went unfinished.
Rose-Hulman will receive the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Rose-Hulman improved to 17-10 and 17-4 against NCAA Division III competition this spring. Seniors Cam Metzger and Brendan Goldacker are the only two Rose-Hulman athletes in the school's history to compete in four straight NCAA Tournaments. The Fightin' Engineers will learn on Monday May 7 where they will head for the NCAA Tournament.