Indianapolis, Ind. – The Transylvania women's tennis team embarks upon the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Conference Championships on Friday night at the West Indy Racquet Club.
Entering the tournament as this year's No. 5 seed, the Pioneers will face the No. 4 seed Manchester University Spartans at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in a first-round matchup.
Transylvania is coming off a 3-4 run through HCAC play this fall, carrying an overall record of 5-7 into Friday's single-elimination tournament. The winner of Friday's match will advance to Saturday's HCAC semifinal match against No. 1 seed Hanover College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Transylvania's first-round affair also pits an instant rematch; the final match of the regular season also came against Manchester last Saturday as the Spartans squeezed a 5-4 win in North Manchester, Indiana. In that match, the Pioneers and Spartans split singles action with each side winning three matches. Manchester took two of three doubles matches, highlighted by a No. 2 doubles match that witnessed Manchester's Katie Peden and Katy Ashpole hold off Transylvania senior Mary Grace Amato and sophomore Lucy Herrington, 9-7.
"We will play with maximum effort and put our hearts into tonight's match," said Transylvania head coach Kevin Calhoun ahead of this weekend's tournament. "We've been working towards this weekend with the expectation that this will be our best tennis of the season."
The champion of the six-team, three-round match will be crowned on Sunday afternoon following a 10:00 a.m. championship match. The winner of the conference championship will be awarded the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
The Pioneers are pursuing their first conference tournament championship since the fall of 2009.
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