On Wednesday, May 5 with the start of the MIAA Tournament at the Etheridge Tennis Complex, the Hope College women’s tennis team will pay tribute to its three graduating seniors. Before Bailey Chorney, Brigid DeVries and Leah Newhof wrap up their careers at Hope, head coach Bob Cawood honors these seniors here.
“Thank you seniors for everything you’ve done for this program!” said Cawood. “You’ve made the experience for your teammates and coaches enjoyable. You three have left a lasting impression for future years.”
Bailey Chorney — Hometown: Waunakee, Wisconsin (Waunakee HS); Majors: Business and Spanish
“Bailey, along Brigid, are the first players I have coached for all four years. We’ve shared and created so many memories together. One of my all-time favorite coaching moments actually came in a loss against Kenyon College during Bailey’s sophomore year. She battled at the No. 5 singles spot against a very good player and still is one of the best singles matches I’ve seen her play. We almost took down a top-15 team during nationals. My hope is that we are playing our best tennis at the end of the year and that is exactly what Bailey did that day. I was so incredibly proud of Bailey’s fight and play! She has been an absolute joy to coach and this program is better because of her. Bailey’s match record over four years: Doubles: 49-28; Singles: 33-27”
Brigid DeVries — Hometown: Bradenburg, Kentucky (Meade County HS); Major: Business
“B’s has been a tremendous part of this team for four years. She comes to practice with a positive attitude, works hard, has been an amazing teammate and has done all this with a grace about her that has made it extremely enjoyable to be around. B’s match record over four years: Doubles: 3-2; Singles: 8-4”
Leah Newhof — Hometown: Caledonia, Michigan (Grand Rapids Christian HS); Major: Exercise Science
“It has been an absolute pleasure to coach Leah for the past two years. She transferred to Hope after her sophomore year and since she was my first transfer student-athlete, I didn’t know what to expect. Her charismatic personality helped her make the transition extremely quick and smooth, not only with the team but my relationship with Leah. She will go down as one of the easiest players to coach on court. Her competitive spirit and coach-ability made it extremely enjoyable. I am so happy Leah transferred. She has brought a lot to make this program better. Leah’s match record over two years (parenthesis is previous two years): Doubles: 16-3 (38-15) Singles: 15-6 (42-14)”