by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College men's tennis team jumped at the chance to remain atop the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings.
The Flying Dutchmen opened their rivalry match against visiting Calvin College on Tuesday with two commanding doubles victories.
Hope went to sweep all six singles matches for an 8-1 victory at Etheridge Tennis Complex. With a 3-0 league record, the Flying Dutchmen remained tied for first place with Kalamazoo College.
Photo of Tim Roe by Lynne Powe
Head coach Bob Cawood was proud how his team built off the momentum from a 9-0 victory at Adrian College on Friday. The Flying Dutchmen defeated Adrian and Calvin in last year's MIAA Tournament championship run.
"You never know what's going to happen in a rivalry match," Cawood said after his team improved its overall record to 7-7. "To come out as strong as we did at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles was awesome. We set the tone. I'm very happy and very proud of these guys."
Hope's next match is Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. at Trine University.
1. Mark VanderStoep (HOPE) def. Jose Larrea 6-4, 6-1
2. Tim Roe (HOPE) def. Jason Wolters 6-2, 6-3
3. Michael Kiley (HOPE) def. Max Stallings 6-1, 6-4
4. Danny Kroeze (HOPE) def. Owen Brookhouse 6-0, 6-0
5. Christian Rhoades (HOPE) def. Cobe Benzel 6-2, 6-3
6. Justin Folkert (HOPE) def. Charlie Fahr 6-4, 6-1