TERRE HAUTE —
Rose-Hulman and Franklin College battled in a four-hour women’s tennis marathon before the Engineers claimed a 5-4 victory in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action Wednesday night.
Rose took the early lead by winning two of three doubles matches at the Nos. 1 and 3 positions. The teams then split the six singles matches, allowing the Engineers to avenge regular-season and conference tournament losses to Franklin from the 2012-13 season.
Junior Suzana Mohd led the Rose-Hulman effort by winning at No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles. Mohd teamed with senior Marie Stettler for the doubles victory.
Rose (3-1 overall, 2-1 HCAC) will travel to Manchester on Saturday. Franklin dropped to 3-3 and 2-1 respectively.
Rose-Hulman 5, Franklin 4
Singles — Melissa Sanders (FC) def. Marie Stettler 7-5, 4-6, 6-0; Suzana Mohd (RH) def. Bethany Harris 6-1, 6-3; Paige Cook (RH) def. Emily Roberts 6-3, 6-2; Chelsea Howell (FC) def. Colleen Stevenson 7-6 (7-4), 6-3; Kylie McCollum (RH) def. Kayla Walker 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; Shawnee Bayes (FC) def. Lauren Miller 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
Doubles — Marie Stettler-Suzana Mohd (RH) def. Melissa Sanders-Bethany Harris 8-5; Emily Helvie-Alison Meyer (FC) def. Paige Cook-Kylie McCollum 8-3; Sydney Short-Lauren Reberger (RH) def. Chelsea Howell-Chelsea Platt 8-5.
n Mount St. Joseph 3, Rose-Hulman 1 — At Hulbert Arena, defending Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference champion Mount St. Joseph opened the regular season with a 25-20, 25-19, 18-25, 25-19 win over Rose-Hulman on Wednesday.
Nicole Sherpensky led Mount St. Joseph with 18 kills. Senior Casey Levitt led the Engineers with 13 kills and 13 digs, freshman Katelyn Race contributed 11 kills and freshman Morgan Dreyer and sophomore Sarah Jensen led the assist effort with 14 each. Also, sophomore Claire Raycraft had four block assists and senior Kate Dangel tied for team-high honors in digs with 13.
Rose (9-9 overall, 0-1 HCAC) will travel to Transylvania for matches against the host Pioneers and nationally ranked Wittenberg on Saturday. Mount St. Joseph improved to 6-10 and 1-0 respectively.
• Illinois Wesleyan 3, Rose-Hulman 0 — Regionally ranked Illinois Wesleyan showcased its strength with a shutout victory over host Rose-Hulman on Wednesday night.
Sophomore goalkeeper Lucinda Combs tied the Engineers’ school record for saves for the second time in her career with 18. She also had 18 saves against Centre last season.
Illinois Wesleyan fired 29 shots for the day, with two goals in the first half and one in the second. Alison Seger opened the scoring in the 19th minute on an assist from Tillie Bill, then Skyler Tomko scored in the final minute of the first half on a pass from Jenna Baker.
Bill scored again in the 61st minute to add an insurance goal for the Titans.
Rose (4-2-2) will return to action Saturday at North Park. Illinois Wesleyan improved to 5-1-2 for the season.
• Illinois Wesleyan 2, Rose-Hulman 1 — Despite a furious rally, Rose-Hulman was unable to connect for a second-half score as Illinois Wesleyan edged the Engineers on Wednesday at Rose’s Intramural Field.
The Engineers (3-3-2) struck first in the nonconference contest, as Drew Belk recorded his first goal of the season on an assist from freshman Alex Jansen.
Jansen sent the ball from the left side to Belk, who finished it just in front of the goal in the match’s eighth minute.
Illinois Wesleyan (6-3-1) didn’t waste time in its response, as Adam Flaugher found teammate Drake Leary on a cross to the middle in the 13th minute. Leary put the ball high past Rose-Hulman keeper Drew Miller to knot the score at 1-all.
The Titans seized a 2-1 advantage just before halftime when Jared Krebs’ free kick just outside the box found Mitch Billimack, who headed the ball past Miller in the 43rd minute.
Both teams battled in the second frame with the Engineers holding a 5-2 advantage on corner kicks. Rose owned the edge for the match 10-7, while both teams finished with 15 shots each.
Miller recorded seven saves, while IWU keeper Andrew Reed had six.
RHIT’s Brad Rostron led the Engineers in shots with five, two of them on goal.
Rose-Hulman returns to play Saturday when it has a nonconference match at North Park in Chicago, Ill. Match time is set for 8 p.m. EDT, which follows the women’s game at 6 p.m. EDT.