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Hope Women's Tennis Pair Set For NCAA D-III Individual Championships

Hope College's Nancy Benda and Carli Capestany have received their first-round assignments for the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships this week.

Benda, a freshman from Birmingham, Michigan (Seaholm HS), will play in both singles and doubles flights, while Capestany, a junior from Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville HS), will team with Benda in doubles.

The 2014 NCAA Division III individual women's tennis championships in Claremont, California, begin Thursday, May 22, at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.

The individual national championships consist of 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. The field's selection was based on win-lost record, strength of schedule, eligibility and availability of student-athletes.

Benda, above right, will open in singles play against Bronte Goodhue of Sewanee (Tennessee). Both players are unseeded.

Click here for the singles bracket.

Benda posted a 16-10 record as a singles player during the 2013-14 season for Hope. She played No. 1 singles for the Flying Dutch this season.

Benda and Capestany starts doubles play against top-seeded Shelby Harris and Lindsay Raulston of Mary Washington (Virginia).

Click here for the doubles bracket.

Benda and Capestany, bottom right, are 23-6 in doubles play this season while competing at the No. 1 flight.

This will be the 10th time a Hope singles player has competed at the Division III individual national championships and the seventh time a doubles team has done so.

Click here for a history of Hope women's tennis in the NCAA championships.

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