Transylvania women's tennis takes second in HCAC regular season with win at Earlham

Kearstin returning

Richmond, Ind. – The Transylvania women's tennis team completed their 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schedule on a winning note Tuesday evening, defeating the Earlham College Quakers 7-2 at the EC Tennis Courts.

With a first-round bye in next week's upcoming HCAC Tournament on the line, the Pioneers swept all three doubles match against Earlham to seal the victory and the No. 2 seed in the HCAC Tournament.

Transylvania completed its regular season with a 6-2 record in the HCAC standings, forcing a three-way tie for second place in conference with Franklin College and Anderson University. By virtue of a tiebreaker, the Pioneers have earned the two-seed in the upcoming tournament, which is scheduled to begin next Friday, October 19 in Indianapolis.

The Pioneers played as if they were fully aware of those implications as they headed into action against the Quakers on Wednesday, allowing just two games to their opponents between the three doubles matches.

Freshmen Porsche Robinson and Jessica Burton cruised to an 8-1 victory in No. 1 doubles over Anna Hahn and Yunjoo Shinn, and freshman Alyssa Igyarto and senior Kearstin Bruther teamed for an 8-1 victory in the No. 2 doubles spot. Junior Merrick Irwin and sophomore Reagan Jobe dominated their No. 3 singles match with an 8-0 triumph.

Burton kept up her dominance with a 6-0, 6-0 win in No. 2 doubles over Shinn and Irwin also blanked Abby Stewart in the No. 3 doubles match. Bruther prevailed 6-1, 6-0 in No. 4 singles and Igyarto also had a perfect match, winning 6-0, 6-0 over Kathryn Hulleman in the No. 5 singles slot.

The 6-2 finish in conference play marks a three-win improvement from last season while the second-place finish is Transylvania's best since the 2013-2014 season.

With the No. 2 seed in hand, the Pioneers will play the winner of Friday's first-round HCAC Tournament match between Anderson and Rose-Hulman. The start time for that match is to be determined.

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