by Greg Chandler
The Hope College men's tennis team split two non-conference matches on opposite ends of the Cleveland metropolitan area on Saturday, defeating the College of Wooster, 6-3, and falling to Case Western Reserve University, 9-0.
The split leaves the Flying Dutchmen with an overall record of 10-9 on the season.
Inclement weather forced Hope to play both of its matches indoors. In the win over Wooster at North Ridge Tennis and Golf Club, Hope won two of three doubles matches and four of the six singles flights.
At first doubles, senior Mark VanderStoep of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa HS) and junior Danny Kroeze, also of Holland (Holland Christian HS), posted an 8-5 win over Wooster's Joaquin Abos Amo and Alon Liberman. Meanwhile, at third doubles, sophomores Carter Smiley of Minnetonka, Minnesota (Minnetonka HS) and David Bacon of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Forest Hills Northern HS) took an 8-2 win over the Fighting Scots' Nebyou Minassie and Ben Schrock.
VanderStoep and Kroeze added singles wins as well, with VanderStoep defeating Abos Amo 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 singles, and Kroeze winning a three-set battle over Austin Hanna at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 4-6,10-6.
Hope also got wins from junior Alec Berrodin of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Forest Hills Northern HS) at No. 5 singles over Minassie, 6-4, 6-2, and senior Justin Folkert of Hamilton, Michigan (Hamilton HS) at No. 6 singles over Schrock, 6-0, 6-0.
"Whenever you see that kind of balance where we win two our of three at one and three doubles, and in singles, to win where we did at one, three, five and six, that's a team win," Hope coach Bob Cawood said. "I always like those type of wins. That's what makes us a good team, being a deep team, to be able to win at all different positions."
The Flying Dutchmen play their final Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association match on Tuesday, hosting Alma College at 4 p.m. before May's MIAA Tournament.