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Women's Tennis Senior Recognition

Bella Russo and Laura Hanselman.

The COVID-19 pandemic put an unexpected and early end to the 2020 spring seasons. As a result, traditional Senior Days were also canceled for spring sports. Please join us in recognizing and honoring our senior student-athletes through the tribute written by their coach below.


The Kalamazoo College Women's Tennis Program would like to recognize seniors Laura Hanselman and Bella Russo for their dedication, hard work, and lasting effect on tennis at K. 

Laura Hanselman, the daughter of Sally and Mark Hanselman, is from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she attended Huron High School. Laura is a chemistry major and psychology minor in addition to following the pre-dental track. Laura studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. The title of her Senior Individualized Project is "Synthesis of Glycopeptides in the Inhibition of Insulin Resistance Associated with Fox01-Thr231-OGIcNAc".

Laura, a senior captain, has been a four-year starter in both singles and doubles. Laura has played higher than three singles since she arrived at K. The last two years she has played one singles and one doubles. Laura has overcome many injuries during her time at K, most notably a season-ending surgery her sophomore year before spring break. Laura has been able to navigate her injuries and step up her play. Playing number one is very difficult as you play everyone's best player every time out. Laura has been an All-MIAA player each year she has played. During her time on the court at K, the Hornets have finished no lower than third in the MIAA and have been regionally ranked all four years. Off the court, Laura has been a part of four ITA All-Academic Teams and three MIAA Team GPA Award teams.

Congratulations to Laura, Sally, and Mark for a great career at K. We wish her all the best as she plans on attending dental school in the near future.

Bella Russo, the daughter of Koren and Joe Russo, is from Clinton Township, Michigan, where she attended Chippewa Valley High School. Bella is a business major. The title of her Senior Individualized Project is "Nats at the Zoo and Kalamazoo: A Study of the Social and Economic Impact of the USTA Boys' 18s and 16s National Championship on the city of Kalamazoo".

Bella, a senior captain, has been a starter in singles and doubles all four years at K. Bella has battled to stay on the court all four years. Despite her injuries, she was always ready to play and do what it takes for the team. Bella was always someone the team wanted on the court if the match was on the line, as she was undefeated when it came down to her court. During her time at on the court at K, the Hornets have finished no lower than third in the MIAA and have been regionally ranked all four years. Off the court, Bella has been a part of four ITA All-Academic Teams and three MIAA Team GPA Award teams.

Congratulations to Bella, Koren, and Joe for a great career at K. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.