by Alan Babbitt
Claire Hallock has joined an elite group of Hope College tennis players in receiving All-America honors.
The junior from Lakeland, Florida (Harrison Center HS) is the fifth different Flying Dutch women's tennis player to be named an All-American.
"This accomplishment is well-deserved," head coach Bob Cawood said. "To see her growth over the past three years, going from three singles to two to one, has been awesome. She keeps working hard every single day."
Hallock follows previous Hope All-Americans Audrey Coates (1994 singles, 1996 doubles), Becky Lucas (1996 doubles), Kim Baxter (1987 doubles), and Colleen Sandro (1987 doubles, 1986 singles).
This season, Hallock matched her career-high for singles wins with a 25-3 record. She is tied for third all-time among Flying Dutch players in singles wins.
Hallock's 71 career singles wins are sixth most all-time at Hope.
As a junior, Hallock earned Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Most Valuable Player honors for the first time.
Hallock also helped the Flying Dutch claimed their fifth consecutive MIAA regular-season championship and win the MIAA Tournament for the eighth consecutive time. She also played No. 1 doubles for the Flying Dutch with Amanda Bandrowski and posted a 22-8 doubles record.
"She's worked over the past two years on her offensive game and getting more downhill play," Cawood said. "She has the ability to go beat anybody with that downhill play if she's executing well enough. Her ability to come to the net has improved year by year."
The ITA selection criteria for Division III All-Americans is: top 8 seed in the NCAA singles tournament, win one round at the NCAA singles tournament, finish in the Top 20 in the final Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, win USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament, or win a first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.
All-America honors are awarded to doubles teams that are a top 4 seed in NCAA doubles tournament, win one round at the NCAA doubles tournament, finish in the Top 10 in the final Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, win the USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament, or win a first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.