MU opens HCAC slate Friday

The 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schedule begins Friday, March 14, as Manchester University takes on defending champion and preseason favorite Earlham College.

Dual specifics: First serve is 6 p.m. at the YMCA Racquet Club in Warsaw.

Spartan Shorts: The Spartans' spring season opened Feb. 25 with a 9-0 loss to Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association opponent Alma College … Freshman Stratton Smith (New Palestine, Ind.) is the singles' wins leader with a 2-3 record. He's also been part of two doubles' victories … MU was picked sixth on the HCAC preseason coaches' poll. They received 31 ranking points, just 15 shy of the top five.

Remainder of March Schedule:  The Black and Gold is scheduled to travel to Bethel College of Indiana Wednesday, March 26, and host Transylvania University Saturday, March 29.