INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.— The run at the conference title fell short, as Anderson University topped the Transylvania University women's tennis team to advance to the second round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday, ending the fall season for the Pioneers.
The Ravens took the first point of the match in No. 1 doubles before taking all three doubles matches putting themselves in position to advance. However, the Pioneers were not ready to give up on their season.
Junior Claire Mielcarek put the Pioneers on the board with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Anderson's Sylvia Schering in No. 1 singles, but the Ravens were able to hold off the Pioneers to advance to the second round to take on tournament No. 1 seed Hanover College.
The teams entered Saturday's match a mere single match apart through regular season HCAC play. Transylvania entered the tournament as the fifth-seed, while Anderson earned a fourth-seed following regular season play. Anderson defeated Transylvania 5-4 in their regular season match Sept. 27.
Saturday's loss concludes the fall season for the Pioneers. Transylvania hosts Centre College Feb. 20 for their first match of the spring season.