Spartans conclude home, regular seasons

Home duals with Rose-Hulman and Transylvania University are next on Manchester University's schedule.

Dual details: First serve versus the Fightin' Engineers is 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, and 10 a.m. against the Pioneers Saturday, Oct. 14 … Both contests are set for the outdoor courts on MU's campus.

Spartan Shorts: Coach Eric Christiansen's crew is 3-4 overall and 3-2 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, coming off back-to-back hard-fought defeats at the hands of league leader Hanover College and second-place Franklin College. The Black and Gold is tied for third with the Fightin' Engineers … Senior Erin Cordill (Zionsville, Ind.) is at the front of the class in singles, standing 5-2 overall and 5-0 against the conference. She's reeled off four consecutive straight-set decisions. Katy Ashpole (Leesburg, Ind.), also a senior, and Karly Eichenauer (North Manchester, Ind.), a freshman, are next in line with four triumphs each … Ashpole is part of the top doubles pairing in regard to records, as she and Katie Peden (North Manchester, Ind.), also a member of the senior class, are 5-2 overall. Cordill and Mariam Ali (Giza, Egypt), another Class of 2018 member, are close behind (4-2 overall) and have the best doubles mark against conference foes (4-1) … The Spartans find out their 2017 HCAC postseason tournament fate at the conclusion of play this weekend. Tournament dates are Friday through Sunday, Oct. 20-22, at West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis, Ind.