April 6, 2013 - Saturday marked the beginning of a new era in Hillsdale College athletics, as the first-ever varsity athletic contest took place inside the Margot V. Biermann Athletic Center. As significant as the official opening of the new building was, just as important was the final result of that first-ever contest.
The Hillsdale College women's tennis team improved to 14-5 in the 2012-13 season with a 9-0 shutout of Huntington University in a non-league matchup.
Tennis is meant to be an important part of the new building's function, and the players on this team became the first to engage in an official NCAA contest inside the gorgeous 76,000 square-foot structure.
Once the action got going, the Chargers played with a high degree of comfort and skill in their new digs, sweeping the Foresters in all flights.
The #1 doubles team of Brittany Parks and Morgan Delp, currently ranked 5th in the Midwest Region, were in a battle, but came away with an 8-4 victory. That turned out to be the most competitive match of the day.
At #2 doubles, freshman Sydney Delp (pictured) made her spring tennis debut, after missing the March 2 match because she was still in basketball season. She teamed up with freshman Lindsay Peirce for a quick 8-1 win.
Hillsdale didn't lose a set in any of the six singles flights. Blaauw pitched a shutout in a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 5 singles, while Sydney Delp and Peirce each lost just one point in their 6-0, 6-1 wins.
Parks wrapped up her home career with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles, while Morgan Delp recorded a 6-1, 6-2 victory. O'Hearn completed the clean sweep with a 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles.
Photo by Genna Hilgenbrink