HOLLAND, Mich. – Despite a 6-3 loss at Hope College on Saturday, the Adrian College men's tennis team will continue their season into May for the first time in school history in the MIAA Tournament. The Bulldogs have an overall record of 13-5 and are 4-2 in league play. Kalamazoo has clinched yet another MIAA championship with one more match remaining. Hope is now 3-2 in the conference and can wrap up second place with a win over rival Calvin (0-5) on Tuesday, April 22. If Hope should happen to lose, Adrian would claim second place and host a semifinal match in the tournament.
"Hope played really well in doubles and it was tough to dig out of a 3-0 hole," said Adam Albertsen. "We played well in singles taking the top three flights and had a few other guys that played well. The guys will bounce back and get better from this. I'm very excited to see our team make the tournament and we hope to make strides. This is one step forward for the program and building on it will be the key to our future."
Hope took No. 2 doubles at 8-6 but Michael Mertz and Spencer Georgetti gave them a battle. The other two doubles matches saw Adrian win just five total games. Jordan Verbauwhede claimed a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 1 singles over Parker Bussies. Joey Loselle also had a straight set win over Cody Herbruck at No. 2 singles by a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 count. Mertz also had a win at No. 3 singles with a 6-3, 6-4 effort against T.J. Brogan.
The Bulldogs will wrap up the regular season on Tuesday, April 22 as they travel to Ohio Wesleyan for a non-conference match at 4 p.m.