Women's Tennis Pair Drops NCAA Championship Opening Matches

by Alan Babbitt

Hope College tennis players Claire Hallock and Amanda Bandrowski faced a rain delay, a move indoors and, as expected, challenging opponents during their first-round matches in the NCAA Division III Singles Championships on Friday in Kalamazoo.

Both battled before falling in straight sets and finishing two of the best seasons in school history.

"It's the one percent of Division III tennis players who are here," head coach Bob Cawood said of the 32-player field for singles play. "Claire and Amanda know the nerves and the things you deal with for these matches. Hopefully, they can learn and be here again next year."

Hallock, Hope's No. 1 singles player this season, lost, 6-2, 6-2, to Amherst College's Camille Smukler.

The junior from Lakeland, Florida (Harrison Center HS), finishes with a 25-3 singles record.

Photo gallery of Claire Hallock by Tom Renner 

Bandrowski, pictured, the Flying Dutch's No. 2 singles player, fell, 6-2, 6-4 to seventh-seeded Caroline Casper of Pomona-Pitzer.

The junior from Traverse City, Michigan (St. Francis) closes with a 30-2 singles record. That'a a school record for singles wins within a season.

Photo gallery of Amanda Bandrowski by Tom Renner

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