The Kalamazoo College men’s tennis team continued their tradition unlike any other as they defeated Adrian 9-0 to secure a 78th straight regular season MIAA Conference Championship.
The Hornets have been led all season by junior Branden Metzler, who is undefeated on the season in singles matches and undefeated in his career in MIAA matches. He is also a three time MIAA Player of the Week this season alone.
The team’s success is not just built around one player though; senior captain Bo Hudson has had a great season, along with sophomore standout Elan Dantus and the reliable junior Eric De Witt. All three won their respective singles matches on Sunday. Dantus won 6-0 6-0 in an impressive “double bageling” of his opponent at three singles, while De Witt continued his successful season winning 6-3 6-1 at four singles. Hudson capped the whole team match off by scrapping back and winning 2-6 6-4 10-3 to shut out Adrain 9-0 on the day.
The men are 7-0 in MIAA play this season and will now be the top seed at the MIAA Tournament on May 5-6.
The women’s tennis team also experienced a bit of history on Sunday as senior superstar Sarah Woods achieved her 150th career victory. It came in an 8-0 doubles rout with the assistance of her collegiate doubles partner Sabrina Dass K’17. Woods would later achieve her 151st career victory as she won 6-2 6-0 at one singles on the way to a Kalamazoo College sweep of Adrian College on the day.
The historic day for Woods was obviously made more special by the fact that she got to share in a team victory with all of her closest friends and teammates. The tennis culture is strong on campus so the women’s team was there the entire time to support the men’s victory and then the men did the same for the women.
The women also got great performances on the day from Alexandria Oswalt K’18 and Eloise Germic K’17 as they won 8-1 at three doubles. Dass put in a special 6-0 6-0 performance at two singles, successfully “double bageling” her opponent. All of the woman impressed on the day and will look forward to getting back on the courts on April 29th at Hope.