Rose-Hulman advanced to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s tennis championship match with a 5-1 victory over Transylvania on Saturday.
Rose (11-2) will square off with Franklin (12-2) in a battle of the top two seeds in the tournament today. The winner will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament this spring.
On Saturday, the singles trio of junior Paige Cook, freshman Lauren Miller and sophomore Kylie McCollum swept wins and the No. 4, 5 and 6 positions for the Engineers.
The match began with doubles wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions for Rose-Hulman. The No. 2 team featured Cook and sophomore Koharuko Fujita, with the No. 3 team, including McCollum and junior Lauren Reberger.
Rose-Hulman 5, Transylvania 1
Singles — Marie Stettler (RH) vs. Claire Mielcarek (TU) unfinished; Suzana Mohd (RH) vs. Kaitlin Hizny (TU) unfinished; Melissa Montgomery (RH) vs. Megan Dixon (TU) unfinished; Paige Cook (RH) def. Victoria Haugli 6-0, 6-1; Lauren Miller (RH) def. Caroline Tapscott 6-2, 6-1; Kylie McCollum (RH) def. Savannah Barnett 6-1, 6-1.
Doubles — Hizny-Mielcarek (TU) def. Montgomery-Stettler 9-7; Cook-Koharuko Fujita (RH) def. Dixon-Haugli 8-1; McCollum-Lauren Reberger (RH) def. Barnett-Taylor McCreary 8-3.
• Rose-Hulman 2, Transylvania 2 — At Rose-Hulman, the host Engineers battled hard in double overtime to earn a draw against Transylvania on Saturday.
The Engineers jumped to a 1-0 lead thanks to a shot in the ninth minute by junior William Senat. Senat also contributed on a double assist alongside junior Ishmael Marshall to junior Drew Belk in the 74th minute.
Transylvania’s Tyler Crombie recorded two assists to Eric Froschauer and Kyle Smith, both in the second half.
Rose also celebrated senior day for Joe Byrd, Adam Carlson, Zane Englert and B.J. Thompson prior to the match.
Rose-Hulman (8-4-3 overall, 4-0-1 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) will travel to Franklin on Wednesday. Transylvania fell to 10-1-3 and 4-0-1 respectively.
• Transylvania 2, Rose-Hulman 0 — At Rose-Hulman, the host Engineers fell to Transylvania in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action Saturday.
Rose also celebrated senior day for Ally Nelson and Amy Schleter prior to the match.
Rose-Hulman (7-6-2 overall, 2-2-1 HCAC) will play Tuesday at Franklin. Transylvania improved to 8-4-1 and 4-1 respectively.
• Engineers claim title — At Boston, Rose-Hulman topped Massachusetts Institute of Technology by one point to win the four-team Engineer Invitational on Saturday.
Rose-Hulman scored 4,377 points to top the 4,376 total by MIT. John Jay and Worcester Polytechnic rounded out the placement.
Junior Evan Duvall led the Engineers with a total score of 1,110 points, tallying 557 in smallbore and 553 in air rifle.
The result marked Rose’s first intercollegiate athletic victory over MIT in a team competition.
Rose-Hulman will compete in a dual match against MIT today.