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2019 Hope Men's Tennis Preview by Alan Babbitt

2018 In Review

  • Overall Record: 11-11
  • MIAA Record: 5-2
  • MIAA Tournament champions, earned league's berth to NCAA Division III Tournament
  • Advanced to second round of the NCAA Tournament
  • Mark VanderStoep and Danny Kroeze named to All-MIAA First Team

The Flying Dutchmen advanced to the NCAA tournament for the third time in school history and recorded a first-round victory at nationals with a 5-0 decision against Franciscan University (Ohio). Hope fell to nationally ranked Washington University in St. Louis, 5-0, in the second round. Hope qualified for postseason play by winning the MIAA Tournament with a 5-0 home victory against Adrian in the semifinals and a 5-1 victory at Calvin in the championship match.

2019 Season Outlook

Head Coach Bob Cawood

Bob Cawood, pictured at right, is in his second season as head coach of the Hope College men's and women's tennis programs. The 2013 Hope graduate and former Flying Dutchmen standout also is a Tennis Professional at the College's DeWitt Tennis Center.

Cawood is United States Professional Tennis Registry certified in High-Performance Coaching. He has instructed at the Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago and the Nike Tennis Camps at Michigan State University.

Cawood served up a decorated playing career for the Flying Dutchmen, including 104 wins between singles and doubles play. He captained Hope's 2013 team that earned a share of the MIAA title. He was MIAA MVP that season. He is a three-time, All-MIAA First Team honoree and three-time Team MVP for the Flying Dutchmen. As a junior, he was chosen the recipient of MIAA's Allen B. Stowe Sportsmanship Award in 2012.

Assistant coach Matt Hamilton returns to the Flying Dutchmen for his second season. He is a former tennis standout at Western Michigan University.

Meet the Flying Dutchmen

The Flying Dutchmen feature a roster of nine student-athletes. There are five seniors, two juniors and two sophomores.

Mark VanderStoep of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa HS) led the Flying Dutchmen with 13 singles victories and 17 doubles victories last season. He primarily played No. 2 singles.

Other returning seniors for the Flying Dutchmen are fellow seniors Justin Folkert of Hamilton, Michigan (Hamilton HS), Michael Kiley of Muskegon, Michigan (Mona Shores HS), Christian Rhoades of Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian HS), and Timothy Roe of Bakersfield, California (Frontier HS).

Junior Danny Kroeze of Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian) is back after playing No. 1 singles for Hope last season. He claimed All-MIAA honors.

Pictured, Timothy Roe

2019 Schedule

The Flying Dutchmen open the season on Saturday, February 2 with a nonleague match at the University of Chicago.

Hope's first home match is Saturday, March 2 against Denison University (Ohio).

The Flying Dutchmen will head to Orlando, Florida on its annual spring break trip from March 17-23 and will play matches at the United States Tennis Association National Training Facility.

Hope's first MIAA match is Monday, April 1 at Kalamazoo College.

Pictured at right, Michael Kiley

COACH'S TAKE

We have a roster where everyone could potentially play in a match. That doesn’t happen very often. We’re going to lean on that experience from last year being the third team in program history to go to nationals. We have a schedule this year that I think helps us really show our talent. - Bob Cawood
I recruited a fair share of these seniors when I was a volunteer assistant coach. Having this opportunity to coach them, watching them develop as tennis players and, more important as people, has been a fun process. They’ve made my job easier. They’re buying into everything they’ve been told." — Bob Cawood

Pictured, Danny Kroeze

Home-Court Advantage

VandePoel-Heeringa Stadium Courts
DeWitt Tennis Center

Credits:

Photos by Lynne Powe, Jon Lundstrom and Tom Renner

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