Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's tennis team will serve up the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Tennis this weekend at nearby Top Seed Tennis Club with its sights set on the 2019 conference tournament championship.
After a long run at the West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis for its conference championship site, the HCAC has shifted to Top Seed Tennis Club on the south side of Lexington as its new conference championship site for HCAC women's tennis in the fall of 2019 and men's tennis in spring 2020.
Held at what serves as a familiar "site" for the Pioneers and a new venue for the other five participating tournament teams, this year's conference championships at Top Seed Tennis Club will begin on Friday, October 18 and run through the conference championship match on Sunday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m.
After completing a 6-2 run through HCAC play this fall, the Pioneers enter the conference tournament as the No. 3 seed. Transylvania will take on No. 6 Mount St. Joseph University in an opening-round match on Friday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time for a semifinal berth.
The winner of the Friday night quarterfinal match will face No. 2 seed Hanover College on Saturday in the conference semifinal match at 1:00 p.m. Saturday. The semifinal winner will then advance to Sunday's 10 a.m. championship match. The conference tournament winner will earn the automatic qualifying bid into next spring's NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Tournament.
A budding Transylvania program completed a solid 2019 conference season by winning its first six matches in dominant fashion before dropping a 6-3 result at No. 2 seed Hanover and a thrilling 5-4 defeat to No. 1 seed Anderson at home in the regular-season finale.
The Pioneers are led by sophomore Porsche Robinson, who has produced a 7-1 record in conference in No. 1 singles play. Fellow sophomore Jessica Burton has also been another potent contributor, assembling a 7-1 record in the No. 2 and No. 3 singles position. Sophomore Sheila Cetina rounds out a formidable top three for the Pioneers and carries a conference record of 5-1 in singles play into her first HCAC conference tournament appearance.
Transylvania is coached by first-year head coach Bill Carey, who is also entering his first HCAC Conference Tournament appearance as the program's head coach.
Hanover College enters the tournament as the reigning champion. The Pioneers will begin the first-ever HCAC Tournament hosted at Top Seed Tennis Club in pursuit of their first conference tournament championship since the 2011-2012 season on Friday night.
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