MU, Transylvania match up in HCACs

Just six days removed from a 5-4 win that closed the 2017 fall season, Coach Eric Christiansen and his Manchester University Spartans face off with the Pioneers again Friday, Oct. 20.

Dual details: Match time is 6:30 p.m. at West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis, Ind.  … It is one of two quarterfinals in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, as the winner advances to semifinal round action Saturday, Oct. 21, against top-seeded Hanover College … The Black and Gold are making their eighth straight appearance in the league postseason tourney. A year ago, they went 1-1, knocking off Anderson University in the quarterfinals before falling to Hanover in the semifinals.

Spartan Shorts: MU sports a 4-5 overall record. They finished fourth in the final regular season standings (4-3) … A senior tandem of Erin Cordill (Zionsville, Ind.) and Katy Ashpole (Leesburg, Ind.) is one-two on the singles win ladder. Cordill is 7-2 at number one, including a 7-0 run in conference action, and Ashpole is 6-2 playing number four and five singles combined with a 5-2 mark versus the league … The pair also figures into the best doubles’ pairings record-wise. Cordill and fellow senior Mariam Ali (Giza, Egypt) are 6-2 overall and 6-1 against the loop at number one. Ashpole and Katie Peden (North Manchester, Ind.), also a Class of 2018 member, are 6-3 overall and 4-3 against the HCAC.

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