Hope Women's Tennis Wins Four Top Divisions At MIAA Flighted Tournament

Paige Courts


The Hope women's tennis team won four of the top divisions at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Flighted Tournament it hosted this weekend.

The two-day event at Etheridge Tennis Complex wrapped up Saturday, with the Flying Dutch taking first in the A singles draw with freshman Nancy Benda of Birmingham (Seaholm HS) and the B singles draw with senior Mallory Smith of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS).

Benda defeated teammate Claire Cooper, a sophomore from Williamston (Williamston HS) in the finals on a second-set injury default. Benda, who went 5-0 on the tournament, took the first set 6-4.

Smith also beat her teammate in the championship match of her flight, topping senior Stephanie Huffman of Grand Rapids (Forest Hills Eastern HS) by a 6-2, 6-1 margin.

In doubles, Benda teamed with junior Carli Capestany of Hudsonville (Hudsonville HS) to win the A doubles draw. In the finals, they beat Kalamazoo's Sarah Woods and Jenna Riehl 8-4.

Huffman and freshman Paige Courts of Caledonia (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) won the B doubles draw. They beat Albion's Marissa Cloutier and Margaret Sheets 8-2 in the finals.

Smith and sophomore Marie Holaway of Holland (West Ottawa HS) came back to win the consolation round of the A Doubles Draw.

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