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Women's Tennis Earns Five All-Conference Awards

L-R: Karen Dringenburg, Holyn Eldridge, Alexa Schofner, Maddie Bright & Grace Otte
L-R: Karen Dringenburg, Holyn Eldridge, Alexa Schofner, Maddie Bright & Grace Otte

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Five members of the Franklin College women's tennis team earned all-conference recognition from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) on Wednesday (Oct. 24) afternoon.

Seniors Karen Dringenburg and Holyn Eldridge were named First Team All-HCAC while senior Alexa Schofner was joined by freshmen Maddie Bright and Grace Otte as honorable mention selections. Additionally, freshman Madison Pifer was named Franklin's representative on the league's All-Sportsmanship team.

Dringenburg collected her fourth consecutive selection on the league's first team with another strong fall against the top competition in the league. The Seymour, Ind.-native went 8-2 in dual singles competition and 6-2 in league play as the Grizzlies' No. 1 player. In doubles play, Dringenburg went 9-2 overall, teaming with Bright to go 8-1 as the Grizzlies' top tandem.

Eldridge was named to the first team for the second straight year after working her way to a 6-1 record in singles play, all coming from the No. 2 position. In doubles play, she recorded an 8-1 record from the second position this fall, teaming with both Schofner and Bright throughout the season.

Schofner was named to the league's honorable mention team for the third consecutive year after racking up a 7-4 record in singles play and an 8-2 mark in doubles competitions, both single-season bests for the Edinburgh, Ind.-native. Schofner played primarily as the team's #3 singles player but did go 3-0 from the #2 position.

Bright capped a strong debut season with a 7-2 record in singles play and a 9-1 mark in doubles competition. The Greenwood, Ind.-native spent most of the season as the #4 singles player, going 5-2 from her primary spot in the lineup.

Otte stepped right into the Grizzlies' lineup this year, collecting a 4-5 record in singles competition and an 8-3 record in doubles play. The Seymour, Ind.-native saw the bulk of her success teaming with Brianna Hutton, with the dup racking up a 7-3 record playing as the team's primary No. 3 pairing.

Franklin finished the fall with an 8-3 record, going 6-2 in HCAC play and advancing to the semifinals of the conference tournament for the seventh consecutive season.