Men's Tennis Serves Up Wins Against Ohio Wesleyan, Centre

Michael Kiley poses for a portrait by Alan Babbitt

The Hope College men's tennis team earned its first two wins of the season on Saturday in Delaware, Ohio.

The Flying Dutchmen defeated host Ohio Wesleyan University, 5-4, then swept Centre College (Kentucky), 9-0.

Hope improved to 2-1 overall with the non-league victories.

Against Ohio Wesleyan, the Flying Dutchmen picked up points from senior Michael Kiley of Muskegon, Michigan (Mona Shores HS), pictured, at No. 3 singles, junior Danny Kroeze of Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian) at No. 4 singles, and junior Alec Berrodin of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Forest Hills Northern).

Berrodin clinched a decisive final point by winning in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4). Kiley and Kroeze both won in two sets.

Kroeze teamed with senior Mark VanderStoep of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa) at No. 1 doubles for an 8-6 victory.

Kiley paired with senior Tim Roe of Bakersfield, California (Frontier) at No. 2 doubles for an 8-6 victory.

Against Centre, Hope claimed two three-set victories in singles play.

At No. 3 singles, Kiley won 6-0, 1-6, 1-0 (10-7).

At No. 6 singles, senior Justin Folkert of Hamilton, Michigan (Hamilton) won 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8).

Hope's next match is Friday, February 15 at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids.

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