FRANKLIN – The Franklin College women's tennis team saw their four-match winning streak come to an end on Wednesday night with a 5-3 loss to the Hanover Panthers.
The Grizzlies (10-2, 5-1 HCAC) also dropped their first conference match of the year, falling to a Hanover (6-2, 6-0 HCAC) team that has won its last 39 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) matches.
After play was delayed for two hours due to rain at the Mickel-Hoover Tennis Complex, the teams took to the courts for doubles play around 7:00 p.m. Franklin grabbed the battle between the top doubles teams, as Karen Dringenburg and Rachel Rose downed Alana Feely and Caroline Millard, 8-5. But the Panthers would claim the other two doubles matches to take a 2-1 lead into singles play.
Dringenburg claimed her second point of the night with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Meghan Farrell in a showdown of the team's top singles players. After missing some time to injury, Holyn Eldridge slid back into her familiar position as the team's No. 2 singles player in style, taking a 6-1, 7-5 win over Cami Jones.
But the Panthers were able to wrap up the match with singles win at the third, fourth and fifth singles positions. Lilly Bushong held a one-set lead and a 4-1 advantage in the No. 6 singles match before play was called.
With the number two seed in the HCAC Tournament secure, the Grizzlies wrap up conference play at Mickel-Hoover on Saturday afternoon, taking on Mount St. Joseph on Senior Day. It will be the final career home matches for Jessica Baker, Megan Battles and Claire Hirsch.
First serve is set for 10:00 a.m.