The Hope College women's tennis team played outdoors for the first time at home this spring Saturday and made the most of its opportunity.
The Flying Dutch clinched a share of its fourth consecutive Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship with an 8-1 victory against Saint Mary's on Saturday at VandePoel-Heeringa Stadium.
Hope also earned the top seed for next week's league tournament by improving to 7-0 in MIAA play and 10-8 overall.
The MIAA title is the 24th in team history, the fifth in the past six seasons and the first under head coach Bob Cawood.
The Flying Dutch can earn an outright championship with a victory at Adrian on Saturday, April 28 in the regular-season finale.
Four Hope singles players remained undefeated against MIAA competition with their seventh conference wins: sophomore Amanda Bandrowski of Traverse City, Michigan (St. Francis HS) at No. 1 singles, sophomore Claire Hallock of Lakeland, Florida (Harrison Center), senior Natalie Rahrig of Fort Wayne, Indiana (Bishop Luers) at No. 4 singles, and sophomore Liz Pniewski of Lowell, Michigan (Grand Rapids Catholic Central) at No. 6 singles.