Whitewater, Wis., May 13, 2017 – The No. 11-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's tennis team posted a 5-3 win over No. 21 Hope College Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2017 NCAA Division III Championship for the second-straight year and fifth time in school history.
WashU improved to 14-10 with the win, while Hope had its 11-match winning streak come to an end and finished the season with a 21-4 mark.
"I am so happy and proud of our Bears! We battled, competed, supported, cheered and dug deep to win this regional. We were ready and we had been tested so we knew would could pull from that experience from our past tough matches, said 12th-year head coach Kelly Stahlhuth. "We believed in ourselves which was the key! What a great group of scholar-champions. It has been an honor and privilege to take this adventure with them, and this adventure is still going!"
1. Nancy Benda/Quincey Glupker (HOPE) def. #3 Rebecca Ho/Kaylan Griffith (WASHUW) 8-6
2. Grace Deering/Lisa Chionis (WASHUW) def. Taylor LaBarge/Amanda Bandrowski (HOPE) 8-2
3. Sanjna Tripathy/Mindy Borovsky (WASHUW) def. Claire Hallock/Christin Drozd (HOPE) 8-4
1. #4 Rebecca Ho (WASHUW) def. #50 Nancy Benda (HOPE) 7-5, 6-3
2. Amanda Bandrowski (HOPE) def. Grace Deering (WASHUW) 6-2, 6-3
3. Claire Hallock (HOPE) def. Brigitte Hodge (WASHUW) 6-4, 6-3
4. Kaylan Griffith (WASHUW) def. Taylor LaBarge (HOPE) 6-1, 6-3
5. Sanjna Tripathy (WASHUW) def. Quincey Glupker (HOPE) 6-3, 6-2
6. Kate Lee (WASHUW) vs. Natalie Rahrig (HOPE) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0, unfinished
• The Bears are 15-17 (.469) in 18 career NCAA appearances.
• WashU is 9-10 this season against ranked teams.
• Ho increased her WashU school-record win total to 186.
• WashU also defeated Hope 6-3 on April 7 in Madison, Wis.
• The Bears advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time when not hosting.
• WashU also advanced to the Quarterfinals in 2002, 2013, 2014 and 2016.
Up Next: WashU takes on No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Monday, May 22, at Champions Tennis Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.