The Kalamazoo College men's tennis team won 9-0 at Alma on Tuesday and extended its conference (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) championship streak to 75 (1936-2013).
This year's championship ended up in a three-way tie with Hope and Calvin. Kalamazoo lost its dual match with the Knights on Calvin's indoor courts on April 3rd, but Hope defeated Calvin in Holland tonight to cause the three-way tie. Kalamazoo defeated Hope 8-1 at home on April 9.
It is the first three-way tie in the history of Kalamazoo's championship streak. The Hornets shared the title with Hope in 1962 and 2003. Hope defeated Kalamazoo in dual match play in each of those years, but Kalamazoo came back to win the conference tournament to share the league title. The conference championship format changed in 2010, and now only the dual match portion of the season determines the conference champion.
Kalamazoo swept the three doubles points against Alma tonight before winning all six singles matches in straight sets.
The Hornets are scheduled to compete in the MIAA Flighted Tournament April 26-27 at Calvin, however that event has no bearing on the regular season championship or the MIAA Tournament.
Kalamazoo will be the top seed for the MIAA Tournament to be held May 2-3 by virtue of having won the most matches in the dual meets with Hope and Calvin. The Knights will be the No. 2 seed and the Flying Dutchmen No. 3, with the fourth seed to be determined. The winner of the conference tournament earns the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.