Hope Women's Tennis Sweeps Adrian For Share of 22nd MIAA Championship

The 26th-ranked Hope College women's tennis team clinched a share of its 22nd MIAA Championship on Saturday with a 9-0 win at Adrian on Saturday.

Coach Adam Ford's Flying Dutch are league champions for the third time in four seasons and the second time during Ford's tenure. They can earn an outright title Wednesday by winning at Trine.

Hope has won 59 of 63 matches against MIAA opponents this season, with Kalamazoo the only team to beat the Flying Dutch in any of them.

Senior Carli Capestany of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville HS), sophomore Kate Mader of Granger, Indiana (Penn HS), and freshman Natalie Rahrig of Fort Wayne, Indiana (Bishop Luers HS), all did yield a point during their singles matches.

Capestany also teamed with junior Marie Holaway of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa HS), for an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles.

Capestany's 74th career doubles victory put her in sole possession of second place in Flying Dutch history. She trails only Jennifer Smith, who went 76-22 in doubles matches between 1997-2000. 

Capestany passed Audrey Coates (1994-97), Becky Lucas (1994-97) and Katherine Garcia (2008-11) — all of who recorded 73 doubles wins.

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