Women's Tennis Serves Up MIAA Tournament Title Win, NCAA Berth In Home Finale

The nationally ranked Hope College women's tennis team made the most of its final home match of the season at VandePoel-Heeringa Stadium Courts on Saturday, defeating Kalamazoo College 5-1 in the championship match of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament.

The Flying Dutch (18-3 overall) earned their sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament and 12th overall after sweeping the regular season and tournament titles.

Interim head coach Nate Price and Hope learn their postseason assignment on Monday.

The Flying Dutch secured the victory with wins in three singles flights.

Freshman Quincey Glupker of Grandville, Michigan (Grandville HS) ended the match with a 6-4, 6-2 win against Alexandria Oswalt at No. 5 singles.

Freshman Claire Hallock of Lakeland, Florida (Harrison Center) earned Hope's first singles points with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles against Eloise Germic.

Sophomore Taylor LaBarge of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville) won at No. 4 singles 6-3, 6-1 against Siani Johnson.

In doubles play, the Flying Dutch picked up points at No. 2 doubles from freshman Amanda Bandrowski of Traverse City, Michigan (St. Francis) and LaBarge, and No. 3 doubles from Hallock and senior Christin Drozd of Allegan, Michigan (Allegan).

Hope posted a combined 82-1 record in MIAA regular-season and tournament play this spring.

It was a satisfying finish at home for senior captain, and top singles and doubles player, Nancy Benda of Birmingham, Michigan (Seaholm HS).

"I can't thank Hope Athletics and Hope tennis enough for the experience I've had here," Benda said. "Getting to play on these courts is really something special. I'm going to truly miss it, but I'm thankful for a great last win on these courts, the teammates around me and everything we've put in this season."

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