by Alan Babbitt
Hope College's Claire Hallock has been chosen as the 2019 NCAA Division III Central Region Women's Tennis Player to Watch by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The junior from Lakeland, Florida (Harrison Center HS) is one of four regional honorees from across the country.
Hallock has qualified for the NCAA Individual Singles Championships later this month in Kalamazoo. She and teammate Amanda Bandrowski are among 32 qualifiers.
Hallock owns a 25-2 record at No. 1 singles and a 22-8 record at No. 1 doubles this season for the Flying Dutch.
Voted as the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association's Most Valuable Player, Hallock helped Hope reach the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, win the MIAA Tournament for a league-record eighth consecutive time and claim fifth regular-season MIAA title in a row.
The ITA's national award winners will be announced on May 20.
Other ITA Regional Players to Watch are:
- Danna Taylor, Carnegie Mellon University (Atlantic-South)
- Jackie Bukzin, Amherst College (Northeast)
- Maria Lyven, Pomona-Pitzer College (West)
Sydney Jackson, Hallock's teammate, was honored by the ITA as well. The freshman from Fort Wayne, Indiana (Carroll) was selected the ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year.