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MIAA Honors & Recognitions
Senior Bobby Cawood of East Lansing (East Lansing HS) was voted the men's MIAA most valuable player. He was also named to the All-MIAA team for a third consecutive year. Teammates Parker Bussies, a junior from Zeeland (Zeeland West HS) and Jason Muller, a senior from Petoskey (Petoskey HS), were named to the All-MIAA second team. Senior Kyle Kreps of Holland (Holland HS) was named the recipient of the MIAA's Allen B. Stowe Sportsmanship award. He is the 21st Hope recipient of the award, the tenth since 2000. A year ago teammate Bobby Cawood received the honor.
Dutchmen Excel at First MIAA Flighted Tournament
In the "A" flight doubles final, the senior duo of Bobby Cawood and Jason Muller defeated Trine 8-3 on Saturday to earn the right to be called MIAA Doubles Champions. In the "A" flight consolation finals, seniors Kyle Kreps and Davis Vanderveen defeated Kalamazoo for the first time in their careers and walked away with fifth place. In "B" flight doubles, Cody Herbruck and Chris Tippett lost in the semi finals but came back to defeat Calvin 8-2 to earn a third place finish. In the "B" flight consolation finals, Matt Culver and senior Dan Owens defeated Albion for a fifth place finish.
In the "A" flight singles final, senior Bobby Cawood was looking for another individual conference championship and got it by defeating Caleb Knust of Trine, who had defeated him earlier in the season, by a score of 6-4, 6-0. Bobby is only the second Hope player to ever win both singles and doubles championships in the same season (Andy Phillips 2003) and the first to ever achieve this distinction by winning the top singles and doubles draws. In the "B" flight singles final, it was an all-Hope affair as seniors Jason Muller and Kyle Kreps battled it out. In the end, Jason Muller walked away victorious with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over his teammate. The "C" singles final also pitted two Hope players against each other as sophomores Cody Herbruck and Jon Panzer played for the title. Jon Panzer won the match by a score of 6-3, 6-0.
Dutchmen Claim Title Share with Win over Rival
A Calvin victory would have given the Knights sole possession of the league crown and ended Kalamazoo's unprecedented 74-year-long string of championships. The championship is the third in Hope men's tennis history albeit shared on each occasion -- 1962 with Kalamazoo, 2003 with Kalamazoo and now 2013 with Calvin and Kalamazoo.
The match was forced indoors because of the inclement weather. The DeWitt Tennis Center was filled with enthusiastic fans for yet another Rivalry Showdown. The Flying Dutchmen got off to a fast start sweeping the three doubles matches by impressive margins -- 8-2, 8-3, 8-4. The teams split the six singles matches with the clincher coming at the sixth flight by sophomore Jonathan Panzer.