ST. LOUIS, MO-- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's tennis has defeated Illinois Tech in the first round of the NCAA DIII Tournament. This is the second NCAA Tournament win in program history for the Engineers as they take the match with a final score of 5-1. This advances the team to the round of 32 as they face Washington University on Friday at 11 AM.
Rose-Hulman was able to take a 2-1 lead after doubles competition after receiving a win from their No. 1 and No. 2 teams. The No. 1 doubles team of Andre Adam and Josh Giambattista were able to pick up the win 8-5. No. 2 doubles team composed of Ian Landwehr and Austin Perry were able to record a victory with a score of 8-6.
The Engineers continued to keep the same intensity heading into singles competition. Giambattista was able to record the first win in No. 5 singles 6-2, 6-1. The team was able to pick up another win in No. 1 singles from Landwehr 6-3, 6-1 to put the Engineers ahead 4-1. The final singles win came from No. 6 singles player Grant Stamper 6-1, 6-1 which secured the victory for Rose-Hulman 5-1.
Head coach Dan Hopkins receives his second win in the NCAA Tournament in his final season after 31 years with the Engineers. This improves his men's tennis career overall record to 313-276.