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Tuesday Roundup - September 24th

by Carolyn Binder

The Hope women’s soccer team dropped a first-place showdown against Alma 1-0 on Tuesday night at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.

The Flying Dutch (7-1-1 overall) fell into second place after losing for the first time this season. They have 13 points with a 4-1-1 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association record and 13 points.

Alma, which scored in the 21st minute on Agatha Weddle’s third goal of the season, improved to 5-3 overall and 5-0 in MIAA action.

Hope goalies Kat Dickson of Grayslake, Ill. (Grayslake Central HS) and Lauren Kooy of Metamora (Flint Powers HS) each played one half and combined to make four saves.

The Flying Dutch return to action on Wednesday, October 2, when they host Kalamazoo College at 7 p.m.


Hope Fourth At MIAA Jamboree

Junior Montana Leep of Hastings (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) shot a fifth-place round of 83 to lead the Hope women’s golf team to a fourth-place finish at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Jamboree on Tuesday.

The Flying Dutch finished with a team score of 360. Olivet won by shooting 329 and was followed by Saint Mary’s (341) and Calvin (346).

Leep finished 11-over-par at The Medalist Golf Club.

Freshman Dominique Molinaro of Port Huron (Port Huron Northern HS) placed 13th for Hope with an 88, while junior Stephanie Stover of Grand Rapids (Grandville Calvin Christian HS) took 19th with a 93. Senior Mary Bradley of Pierson (Tri County HS) added a 96.


Flying Dutch compete at ITA Central Regional Championships

Two underclassmen led the Hope women’s tennis team during the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region Championships that concluded on Monday in Greencastle, Ind.

Sophomore Claire Cooper of Williamston (Williamston HS) and freshman Nancy Benda of Birmingham (Seaholm HS) both won three matches in the championship flight of the three-day tournament before bowing out.

Benda also teamed with junior Carli Capestany of Hudsonville (Hudsonville HS) to win three doubles matches together before losing in the championship flight quarterfinals.

Sophomore Anna Garcia of Battle Creek (Lakeview HS) and freshman Claire Courts of Caledonia (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) won two consolation matches in doubles before exiting.

Capestany, won one match in the championship flight in singles.

Cooper and senior Mallory Smith of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) won one consolation match in doubles. Garcia and senior Stephanie Huffman of Grand Rapids (Forest Hills Eastern HS) each won a consolation singles match.

The Flying Dutch return to action on Friday when they host the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Flighted Championships Friday and Saturday.


Hope to keep playing teams from Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference

The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference announced today they have extended their Challenge Series in football by an additional two seasons.

The two conferences will now continue to meet in crossovers through the 2017 season. In addition to having the Challenge Series where opponents will be generally determined by the previous year’s standings in both conferences, the MIAA and Northern Athletics Conference also have reached an agreement in which the teams that have the bye in conference play each week will meet each other.

In the first two years of the Challenge Series, the conferences went 7-7 against each other.

The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference posted a 5-2 record in 2012, when its schools had home-field advantage. MIAA schools went 5-2 this year when they were playing at home.

Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference schools will host next year’s games in the series.