bc 5th at hcac
Bluffton posts best-ever finish at HCAC championships; Sprunger and Boyles victoriousBy Tim Stried, SID
April 20, 2002
The Bluffton College men's tennis team recorded their best-ever showing at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships on April 19 & 20 as the Beavers finished in fifth place, and just five points away from fourth place. The tournament was hosted by Anderson University at the Indianapolis Tennis Center on the campus of IUPUI.
Bluffton won two HCAC flights, their first-ever since joining the conference prior to the 1999 season, as freshman Kyle Sprunger won the league title at No. 4 singles and teamed up with sophomore Brad Boyles to win the league title at No. 2 doubles.
Sophomore Owen Beck finished sixth at No. 1 singles and Boyles finished sixth at No. 2 singles, while sophomore Dan Wott finished third at No. 3 singles. Junior Garrett Skare finished fourth at No. 5 singles and senior Genti Basha took fifth at No. 6 singles.
Beck, Boyles and Sprunger were all named All-HCAC.
Beck and Wott finished sixth at No. 1 doubles and Skare and Basha took seventh at No. 3 doubles.
Hanover College scored 63 points in the tournament to win their second HCAC championship in the last three years as the Panthers narrowly edged out defending HCAC champion Anderson University by one point. Transylvania University took third with 54 points and Manchester College came in fourth with 48 points. Bluffton scored 43 points to take fifth place and defeated Franklin College (38 points), Mount St. Joseph (11 points) and Defiance College (6 points).
Complete results can be found at the HCAC men's tennis website.