Kalamazoo College’s men’s tennis team began MIAA conference play this past week. The men travelled to Alma during the week where they picked up right where they left off last year.
The Hornets turned in a dominant team performance to start MIAA competition against Alma, winning 9-0. In doubles, the Hornets only dropped four games, winning the three respective matches 8-1, 8-3, and 8-0. Elan Dantus K’18 and Branden Metzler K’17 led the way with a dominate showing at one doubles. Fellow upperclassmen Eric De Witt K’17 and Bo Hudson K’16 followed suit with an 8-3 two doubles victory. First years Ricardo DelOlmo-Parrado and Allen Vinson won 8-0 at three doubles, impressively shutting their opponents out in the match.
Metzler also backed up his #18 national ranking by winning 6-1, 6-0 in one singles. While Hudson also kept his doubles form up in singles by downing his opponent 6-0, 6-2 at two singles. None of the Hornets lost a set, as they showed poise in cruising to their 9-0 victory in pursuit of their 78th consecutive MIAA championship.
The women’s tennis team played two MIAA matches in the past week, and were victorious in both.
The women first were victorious over Calvin 6-3 at home, and then traveled to Alma on Monday where they handedly won 9-0.
Several of K’s players turned in dominant performances in both matches, including Senior Sarah Woods and Junior Sabrina Dass. The pair won their one doubles matches 8-1 against Calvin and then won again Monday 8-1 against Alma. The pair are a force to be reckoned with at one doubles this year in the MIAA.
Woods also played a significant contribution in her singles work. She won her one singles match 6-0, 6-0, “double bageling” her opponent and showing why she’s ranked #19 nationally. Woods also won 6-2, 6-3 at one singles against Alma, keeping her undefeated MIAA singles season record at perfection.
Dass also contributed in both matches in both doubles and singles, winning 6-0, 6-4 against her Calvin opponent and then 6-1, 6-0 against her Alma opponent. Sophomore Maria Franco completed also played well in both matches, along with the rest of the women’s team, as they were able to win both of their MIAA matches last week. These victories took them to 3-0 in conference play this season.
The women now take a break from MIAA competition and will host Wheaton this Saturday at 11:00am. The men play three times this week, today hosting Albion at 4:00pm, tomorrow at Hope and then Saturday at Trine.