The 21st-ranked Hope College women's tennis team made quick work of its Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament semifinal on Thursday, defeating fourth-seeded Saint Mary's 5-0.
The top-seeded Flying Dutch (18-3 overall) advanced to host third-seeded Kalamazoo College in Friday's 4 p.m. championship match. The winner receives the MIAA's automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Hope will face Kalamazoo in the MIAA final for the fifth consecutive season. The Flying Dutch are 4-0 in that stretch.
Against Saint Mary's (11-13), Hope won the minimal number of completed matches allowed in postseason play by sweeping doubles and taking No. 2 and No. 3 singles in straight sets.
Senior Christin Drozd of Allegan, Michigan (Allegan HS) and freshman Claire Hallock of Lakeland, Florida (Harrison Center) gave the Flying Dutch a 3-0 lead with a 9-7 victory at No. 3 doubles against Maddie Minaudo and Elizabeth Preister.
Hope took No. 1 and No. 2 doubles with 8-1 victories from the top pairing of senior Nancy Benda of Birmingham, Michigan (Seaholm) and freshman Quincey Glupker of Grandville, Michigan (Grandville) and the No. 2 pairing of sophomore Taylor LaBarge of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville) and freshman Amanda Bandrowski of Traverse City, Michigan (St. Francis).
Bandrowski earned a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles against Kelsey Kopf.
Bandrowski improved to 25-1 overall. She equaled the single-season school record shared by Kristin Kooyer (25-2 at No. 4 singles in 1998) and Audrey Coates (25-3 at No. 1 singles in 1996).
Hallock topped Sami Setterblad 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
Hallock is 21-2 in singles play this season.
The Flying Dutch are now 77-0 in flights against MIAA competition this season.