Women's Tennis Inches Closer To MIAA Title Repeat With Win Against Albion

The Hope College women's tennis team moved closer to clinching at least a share of a third consecutive Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association title with a 9-0 win against visiting Albion on Tuesday.

The 21st-ranked Flying Dutch upped their record to 15-3 overall and 6-0 in MIAA play.

Hope can clinch a league title share on Saturday at Saint Mary's. The Flying Dutch — winners of 23 MIAA championships all time - finish the regular season on Saturday, April 29 at home against Adrian.

Against Albion, two Hope players moved up the all-time record books.

Senior Nancy Benda of Birmingham, Michigan (Seaholm HS) won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles against Lauren Rasmussen for her 19th win this season and 68th all time.

Benda passed Erin Sowerby (67-13 from 1995-98) and tied Becky Lucas (68-24 from 1994-97) for sixth most singles wins for the Flying Dutch.

Benda also extended her school record with her 84th doubles win. She and freshman Quincey Glupker of Grandville, Michigan (Grandville) beat Rasmussen and Chrissy Gauss 8-0 at No. 1 doubles.

Freshman Amanda Bandrowski of Traverse City, Michigan (St. Francis) matched two Hope players for sixth place with her 22nd singles win of the season.

Bandrowski topped Lauren Solano 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.

At 22-1, Bandrowski is now tied for sixth place all-time with Julie Murray (22-4 at No. 3 singles in 1998) and Joy Green (22-4 at No. 6 singles in 1998).

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