Women's Tennis Edged By No. 11 Washington-St. Louis In NCAA Regional Final

The Hope College women's tennis team pushed 11th-ranked Washington-St. Louis before falling 5-3 in their NCAA Division III regional final on Saturday in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

The No. 21 Flying Dutch finished one of their most successful seasons with a 21-4 overall record.

The 21 wins are the second-most in team history. The 1998 team went 23-2.

Washington-St. Louis (14-10) advanced to the May 22-27 national championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Hope won flights at No. 1 doubles, No. 2 singles and No. 3 singles.

The Flying Dutch trailed 2-1 after doubles. Senior Nancy Benda of Birmingham, Michigan (Seaholm HS) and freshman Quincey Glupker of Grandville, Michigan (Grandville) topped third-ranked Rebecca Ho and Kaylan Griffith 8-6.

Benda and Glupker finished with a 22-10 doubles record in their first season as a pairing.

Benda closed her decorated Hope career with an 89-28 record. The 89 doubles wins — with three different partners — are a school record.

Hope tied the score in singles play at 3-3 thanks to wins from two freshmen: Amanda Bandrowski of Traverse City, Michigan (St. Francis) and Claire Hallock of Lakeland, Florida (Harrison Center).

Bandrowski topped Grace Deering at No. 2 singles 6-2, 6-3 to finish with a 27-1 singles record. Her 27 wins are a school record.

Hallock downed Brigette Hodge 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3 singles to end with a 25-2 singles record. The 25 singles wins are tied for the second-most in Flying Dutch history.

Washington-St. Louis sealed the match when the fourth-ranked Ho beat Benda at No. 1 singles 7-5, 6-3.

Benda finished 22-6 in singles play this season and 71-33 in her career. The 71 wins are fifth-most among Flying Dutch players.

Senior Christin Drozd of Allegan, Michigan (Allegan) and Hallock lost at No. 3 doubles, but finished with a 26-4 overall record. The 26 wins are second-most by a Flying Dutch doubles team.

"The theme for today was similar as to yesterday (against Wisconsin-Whitewater): stay in the moment and control what we can. I'm really happy with how that went," interim head coach Nate Price said. "Washington is just a little better team, stronger in some spots."

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