Historic Moments and Notable Performances
Updated through the 2013 season
- Tennis is Hope's longest running intercollegiate sport for women. The sport
also has the distinction of being the first to be played in a coed format
when in 1921 Hope men and women participated in a six-team
tournament in Kalamazoo.
- Well before the MIAA formed a unified men's and women's league in 1978,
Hope was making its mark in women's tennis. The Flying Dutch won the championship
of the Women's Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (WMIAA) five
between 1948 and 1955.
- The 1980 Flying Dutch went undefeated in dual meets to win Hope's first
MIAA women's tennis championship.
- The Sue Little Sportsmanship Award has been awarded by the WMIAA/MIAA since
1955. The first recipient was Betty Scheppers '55 of Hope. Fifty years
later, Hope's Priya Malviya '05 received the honor.
- Colleen Sandro '89 qualified for the NCAA Division III national championships
four consecutive years in singles and for three years in doubles. As a
senior, she was chosen the MIAA's most valuable player and received the conference
- Audrey Coates '97 was a three-time MIAA most valuable player, who competed
four consecutive years at the NCAA Division III championships and ended
her collegiate career with an impressive 87-17 record against singles opponents.
She also received the MIAA sportsmanship award twice.
- Anneliese Fox '06 became the first Hope tennis player (women and men) to win the MIAA
first flight championship four consecutive years (2003-06). She was also a three-time MIAA most valuable player.
- In his first season as head coach, Adam Ford guided the 2013 Flying Dutch to an MIAA championship and berth in the NCAA Division III Championships.