|Tennis player finds his spot
By Mitch Blankespoor
After his first year at Zionsville (Ind.) Community High School, Andrew Rescorla decided to join some of his friends and pick up the game of tennis.
“I am a very competitive person, and I like sports. My friends enjoyed tennis, so I just picked it up,” said Calvin senior and men's tennis team captain Andrew Rescorla.
Rescorla started out playing No. 4 singles on the JV team as a sophomore. His junior and senior year, he moved up to No. 3 singles.
As a senior, Rescorla began his college search, which included looking for a college where he might be able to play tennis.
“I was looking for a Christian education with an excellent engineering program. Calvin fits that mold perfectly,” said Rescorla. “Tennis influenced my decision as well; I heard from several current Calvin tennis players that Coach (John) Ross was a fun coach to play for.”
Rescorla came to Calvin but struggled to find his spot on the tennis team for the first two years. “I wasn’t even sure if I would make the team freshman year. A few freshmen decided not to play, and I ended up making it,” he said. “I had a lot of fun being with the guys and saw some high quality tennis. My sophomore year was rough; I still wasn’t in the starting lineup. I played a little bit of third doubles but struggled.”
He finally broke through his junior year playing mostly No. 6 singles compiling a record of 16-4. Rescorla played mostly No. 2 singles during the indoor season, and occasionally at No. 1. During the outdoor season, he played No. 4 singles.
He ended his college career this year with a thirdplace win over Albion. Rescorla won his flight 6-4, 6-2. He completed his Calvin career with a singles record of 32-12.
Of his challenging academic career Rescorla said: “It has been tough to balance tennis, academics and my social life during my four years here at Calvin. There have been many times where I have given up a little for tennis, or schoolwork or free time. It has taught me to manage my time very well. I feel like the engineering program has equipped me well for the workplace and further academic study.”
Rescorla had an especially busy spring concentrating on both tennis and his engineering senior design project: Ship to Shanty. For the project he and three other engineering majors converted a 20-foot shipping container into a prototype home. (The actual plans call for 40-foot containers, which are commonly available worldwide.)
“We wanted to do something meaningful with our project and felt called to incorporate missions into our project,” said Rescorla. “Our idea was based on keeping the urban poor in mind.”
This fall, he plans to attend the University of Minnesota to study environmental engineering.
“I am going to focus on studying water treatment. I want to find new and efficient ways to use water,” he said.
“Calvin has been a great experience for me. Tennis has been one of the highlights of my college career for sure,” said Rescorla. “I loved getting to know the team because we only have around ten guys and playing for Coach Ross was great. He was a big reason why we had so much team spirit this year. He made tennis fun throughout my career.”
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