CONFERENCE CHAMPS: Hanover tennis players (from left) Alexis Taylor, Danielle Miller, Mackenzie Spicer, Allison Poston, Mallory Noble and Kelsey Jones after winning the women’s HCAC tournament Sunday in Indianapolis. (Hanover college photo by Carter Cloyd)
CONFERENCE CHAMPS: Hanover tennis players (from left) Alexis Taylor, Danielle Miller, Mackenzie Spicer, Allison Poston, Mallory Noble and Kelsey Jones after winning the women’s HCAC tournament Sunday in Indianapolis. (Hanover college photo by Carter Cloyd)
Hanover's 2013 women's tennis team wrote a new chapter in the program's history on Sunday morning by winning its first ever Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship.

After claiming just their fourth-ever regular season HCAC title with a perfect 8-0 mark, the Panthers received the No. 1 seed in this past weekend's conference tournament at the West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis and received a bye that automatically put them into the semifinals.

In the semifinals, Hanover broke the school record for wins in a season with a 5-0 shutout over fifth-seeded Anderson. The Panthers won three close matches in doubles competition before Danielle Miller and Mackenzie Spicer came away with big wins in No. 1 and No. 2 singles to clinch the team's spot in the title match.

The championship match on Sunday saw Hanover increase its school record wins in a season to 13 when the Panthers knocked off second-seeded Rose-Hulman 5-1 for the HCAC tourney title.

Hanover gained an early 2-0 advantage off doubles wins in the No. 1 and No. 1 positions before the Engineers slashed the lead to 2-1 in the doubles finale when Lauren Reberger and Sydney Short knocked off Alexis Taylor and Southwestern graduate Kelsey Jones, 9-8.

Danielle Miller, Mallory Noble and Allison Poston then won three-straight singles matches to clinch the championship 5-1.

Results were:

Semifinals

HANOVER 5, ANDERSON 0

Singles - No. 1 Danielle Miller (HC) d. Courtney Postmus (AU) 6-3, 6-2; No. 2 Mackenzie Spicer (HC) d. Sylvia Schering (AU) 6-1, 6-3; Doubles - No. 1 Danielle Miller, Mackenzie Spicer (HC) d. Courtney Postmus, Ashlan Millikan (AU) 8-3; No. 2 Mallory Noble, Allison Poston (HC) d. Sylvia Schering, Michaela Hammel (AU) 8-6; No. 3 Alexis Taylor, Kelsey Jones (HC) d. Michaela Hurd, Kourtney Brubaker (AU) 8-6.

Championship

HANOVER 5, ROSE-HULMAN 1

Singles - No. 1 Danielle Miller (HC) d. Marie Stettler (RHIT) 6-1, 6-4; No. 5 Mallory Noble (HC) d. Kylie McCollum (RHIT) 6-1, 6-2; No. 6 Allison Poston (HC) d. Lauren Miller (RHIT) 6-3, 6-4; Doubles - No. 1 Danielle Miller, Mackenzie Spicer (HC) d. Paige Cook, Marie Stettler (RHIT) 8-6; No. 2 Allison Poston, Mallory Noble (HC) d. Suzana Mohd, Kylie McCollum (RHIT) 8-5; No. 3 Lauren Reberger, Sydney Short (RHIT) d. Alexis Taylor, Kelsey Jones (HC) 9-8 (3).

Hanover, now 13-3, competes in the Panthers' first-ever NCAA Division III Tournament on May 19-24, 2014 in Claremont, Calif.