Women's Tennis Blanks Calvin, Takes Command Of MIAA Title Chase

Taylor LaBarge returns a volley with a backhand by Alan Babbitt

The 30th-ranked Hope College women's tennis team took a big step toward a team-best fifth consecutive league championship on Tuesday.

The Flying Dutch defeated a second Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association challenger in as many days with a 9-0 victory against visiting Calvin College.

Hope (8-3 overall, 3-0 MIAA) successfully followed up an 8-1 victory at Kalamazoo College on Monday.

The Flying Dutch swept all three doubles matches and took five of the six singles matches against Calvin (8-4, 0-1 MIAA) in two sets.

Photo by Taylor LaBarge by Lynne Powe

The match started outside at VandePoel-Heeringa Stadium Courts before rain forced competition indoors at DeWitt Tennis Center.

Freshman Sydney Jackson of Fort Wayne, Indiana (Carroll HS) and sophomore Bailey Chorney of Waunakee, Wisconsin (Waunakee) did not drop a game at No. 3 and No. 5 singles, respectively, to Maria Poortenga and Grace Brown.

At No. 1 singles, junior Claire Hallock of Lakeland, Florida (Harrison Center) outlasted Leah Newhof for a 7-6 (1), 2-6, 7-5 victory.

At No. 2 singles, junior Amanda Bandrowski of Traverse City, Michigan (T.C. St. Francis) defeated Madeline Brouwer, 6-2, 6-1.

At No. 4 singles, senior Taylor LaBarge of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville) topped Maya Klopfenstein, 7-5, 6-4.

At No. 6 singles, junior Liz Pniewski of Lowell, Michigan (Grand Rapids Catholic Central) beat Alexis Bonner, 6-1, 6-3.

In doubles play, Bandrowski and Hallock teamed at the No. 1 flight for an 8-3 victory against Newhof and Brouwer.

At No. 2 doubles, Jackson paired with Taylor LaBarge for an 8-4 victory against Bonner and Poortenga.

At No. 3 doubles, Chorney and senior Erin LaBarge of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville) recorded an 8-1 victory against Brown and Brittney Statema.

Hope's next match vs. Friday, April 5 vs. 16th-ranked Washington-St. Louis at the Midwest Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin.

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