Black and Gold begins HCAC season

Manchester University looks to begin its 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference campaign on a positive note Saturday, Sept. 16.

Dual details: The Spartans (0-1) travel to Mt. St. Joseph University … First serve is 12 p.m. at Mount's Tennis Courts.

Spartan Shorts: A year ago, Coach Eric Christiansen's group pitched a shutout over the Lions, winning 9-0 in North Manchester … The Black and Gold opened their fall slate falling 7-2 to National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Crossroads League power Bethel College Sept. 8. Senior Katy Ashpole (Leesburg, Ind.) played a pivotal role towards the two team points, triumphing in her number five singles match with a double bagel and joining fellow senior Katie Peden (North Manchester, Ind.) for a win at number two doubles … Manchester University returns home Thursday, Sept. 21, for a non-conference clash with Grace College of Winona Lake, Ind. It's part of back-to-back home dates at the campus' outdoor courts, as Earlham College makes a northern trek Saturday, Sept. 23.