Hope Rhoades continues family legacy as Holland Christian tennis claims OK Blue title

    Holland Christian's Hope Rhoades returns a shot during the OK Blue Conference finals on Friday at Holland Christian.

    When Hope Rhoades was growing up, she watched both of her brothers earn conference championships at No. 1 singles for Holland Christian.

    It is a tough legacy to follow, and one that Rhoades did not in her first year at No. 1 singles.

    Now a senior in her second year, Rhoades put together a stellar OK Blue Conference tournament and claimed the No. 1 singles championship.

    “It feels really good to (join my brothers Christian and Ryan). I have always looked up to them. I was always their little sister, but now it was Hope, not the little sister winning. My brother Ryan was here and he is a conference champion, so it was cool looking up at him and (getting that confidence from him),” Rhoades said. “Last year was a struggle and a shock for me. But it was kind of my warmup year. I wanted the title really badly and I worked really hard. That was a milestone for me heading into college tennis.”

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