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Men’s Tennis Claims 5-4 Win at Ripon College - Now 2-1 on Season

Saturday, March 15, 2014

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FOND DU LAC, WISC - The Calvin men’s tennis team improved to 2-1 on the season with a 5-4 win at Ripon College Friday afternoon. Calvin once again took two of the three doubles points and then split the six remaining singles matches to gain the narrow victory. In doubles action, the number-two team of sophomore Matt Buesing (Hoffman Estates, IL/Fremnd HS) and senior John Strikwerda (Holland/Holland Christian HS) claimed an 8-3 victory while the three doubles team of junior Tom Griffin (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) and senior Stephen Healey (Twin Lakes, IN/Twin Lakes HS) pulled off an 8-0 triumph. In singles action, Griffin gained a 6-0, 6-0 win at three singles. Strikwerda also claimed a 6-0, 6-0 win at five singles and Healey also won 6-0, 6-0 at six singles. Of note, senior Loukas Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood HS) dropped a hard-fought three-set match at one singles with the third set concluding in an 11-9 decision. At two singles, sophomore Klaas Walhout (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) also dropped a tight three-set match, falling 10-6 in the third set. Calvin is back in action again on March 18 when it travels to Spring Arbor for a 4 p.m. match.

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Men’s Tennis Defeats St. Nobert 7-2 in Non-Conference Match

Friday, March 14, 2014

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The Calvin men’s tennis team evened its season record at 1-1 with a 7-2 victory at St. Nobert College late Thursday night. Calvin got the ball rolling by winning two of the three doubles points. Senior John Strikwerda and sophomore Matt Buesing picked up an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles while junior Tom Griffin and senior Stephen Healey picked up an 8-0 win at No. 3 doubles. At one singles, senior Loukas Peterson claimed a 6-3, 7-5 win while Griffin won at three singles 3-6, 6-4, 8-6. Buesing then won at four singles 6-3, 6-2, Strikwerda won at five singles 6-0, 6-3 and Healy won at six singles 6-0, 6-1. Calvin returns to action on Friday when it travels to Ripon College for a 4 p.m. match.

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MIAA Commissioner David Neilson to Retire at Conclusion of 2013-14 Academic Year

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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ALBION, Mich. – David L. Neilson, the commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association since 2002, has announced he will retire from the position at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. The announcement of Commissioner Neilson’s retirement came Tuesday from Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College and vice chairwoman of the MIAA Presidents’ Council.  He is the eighth and third-longest serving commissioner in the MIAA’s 126-year history. Commissioner Neilson and his wife, Karen, live in Royal Oak. They have four children and five grandchildren. The MIAA is the nation’s oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Mary’s College and Trine University.

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Calvin Scholar-Athletes Named to MIAA Academic Honor Roll

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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The 2012-13 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and a record 151 Calvin scholar-athletes have been named to the list.The honor roll recognizes scholar-athletes who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2012-13 academic year. A student needed to have won a varsity letter in a sport to be eligible. The MIAA Academic Honor Roll program was initiated in 1990 to recognize students at MIAA member colleges who excel both in athletics and in the classroom.This year’s Honor Roll includes several students who achieved the distinction four consecutive years. Of the students, seven are from Calvin.The seven Calvin scholar-athletes named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for a fourth straight year are seniors Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS), Eric Doornbos (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Matt DeBoer (Hudsonville, MI/Covenant Christian HS), Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS), Kelsey Irwin (Fraser, MI, /Fraser HS), Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) and Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS).

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Calvin lands record 11 teams on MIAA Team GPA List

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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The Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges present the MIAA Team GPA Award every year. This award recognizes conference athletic teams for performance in the classroom of a 3.3 cumulative GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale). During the recently completed 2012-13 school year, a record 11 of Calvin’s athletic teams achieved this distinction.Seven of Calvin’s women’s teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award while four of its men’s teams also achieved the feat. Calvin’s teams receiving the honor are as follows; women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s soccer, women’s track and field, men’s tennis, women’s swimming and diving, men’s golf and men’s basketball.

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Calvin Finishes 15th in Final Division III Learfield Director’s Cup Standings

Thursday, June 06, 2013

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Final Director's Cup Standings

For the 18th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings, finishing 15th in the nation in Division III in 2012-13 with a total of 651.0 points. Calvin is one of only six schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level.Joining Calvin in that elite group are Williams, Mass., Amherst, Mass., Middlebury, Vt., the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga. Williams won the title as the best athletics program in the nation in Division III by winning with a score of 1,273.75 points. The Cup is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Learfield Sports to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country, and is based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA Championship events.

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First Calvin C Club Awards Knight Takes Place at Calvin Wednesday Night

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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The first-ever Calvin C Club Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday night inside Van Noord Arena. The following is a list of the award recipients:

BREAKTHROUGH TEAM OF THE YEAR - Men’s Tennis

RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE - Nicole Michmerhuizen - women’s track and field, 10,000 meters

ROLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Bryan Powell, men’s basketball

PLAY OF THE YEAR - Danielle Carter, women’s soccer - game winning OT goal vs Hope in MIAA Tournament

MALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Taylor Pruis, men’s soccer

FEMALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Michaela Rookus, women’s swimming & diving

MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Nick Holtrop, men’s soccer

FEMALE ATHLETE(S) OF THE YEAR - Lizzie Kamp, volleyball & Carissa Verkaik, basketball & track & field

EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE IN AN INDIVIDUAL EVENT - Elisabeth Counsell, women’s swimming & diving

GAME OF THE YEAR - Calvin men’s basketball MIAA Tournament final win over Hope

KAY TIEMERSMA AWARD WINNER(S) - Lizzie Kamp & Carissa Verkaik

BERE’ MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER - Dan Kerr, men’s cross country & track & field

The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup trophy was also unveiled at the ceremony.

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Calvin College Wins MIAA Commissioner’s Cup!!!

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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For the first time since the 1999-2000 academic year, Calvin College has won the outright MIAA Commissioner’s Cup. Calvin finished the year with 216 points, finishing ahead of rival Hope which earned 205 points. At the conclusion of the 2007-08 year, Calvin and Hope shared the Commissioner’s Cup as the two schools tied for first place. Hope had since won the last four outright titles. The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup award is based on the cumulative performance of each member school in the league’s 20 sports for men and women. The final Commissioner’s Cup standings is determined on the basis of each college’s standings in eight of 10 sports for men and eight of 10 sports for women. The Commissioner’s Cup (All-Sports Award) has been presented since 1934-35. Hope has won the award 34 times, followed by Kalamazoo 15, Albion 14, Calvin 9 and Alma 5. In addition, Calvin took first place in the MIAA Men’s All-Sports standings with 102 points, finishing ahead of Hope which tallied 93. Calvin also took first place in the MIAA Women’s All-Sports standings with 114 points, edging Hope by two points. The 2012-13 academic year was an historic one for the Calvin athletics program as it captured an MIAA record 12 conference titles including 10 that were outright league crowns. Calvin competes in 19 of the 20 MIAA-sponsored sports. The Knights do not compete in football.

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Calvin Lands Three on All-MIAA Men’s Tennis Team - DeMaagd Named Lawrence Green Scholar-Athlete

Saturday, May 04, 2013

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The All-MIAA men’s tennis teams have been announced and three members of the MIAA tri-champion Calvin men’s tennis team have been so honored. Seniors Brian DeMaagd and Preston Phillips have been named to the All-MIAA first team while senior Philip Reinken has been named to the second team. In addition, DeMaagd has been named the recipient of the MIAA’s Lawrence Greet Scholar-Athlete Award. DeMaagd is the fifth individual in Calvin men’s tennis history to receive the honor. Jeff Admiral was the first recipient from Calvin in 1994 followed by Dan Meester in 1995, Jon VanderArk in 1997 and Ricky Tilton in 2008. The award is based on academic performance in memory of the late Lawrence “Doc” Green, physical educator, athletic trainer and coach at Hope College.

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Men’s tennis falls to Kalamazoo 6-1 in MIAA Tournament Finals

Friday, May 03, 2013

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Calvin men’s tennis team saw its season come to an end Fri., May 3 at Stowe Tennis Stadium.  For the third consecutive year, the Knights fell to the Hornets of Kalamazoo in the MIAA Tournament final.  Kalamazoo was eager for revenge.  On Apr. 3, the Knights defeated the Hornets 6-3 for the first time in program history.  This day, however, would belong to Kalamazoo.  The Hornets took two of three doubles flights.  Peter Rothstein and Steve Hanselman defeated Preston Phillips and Phil Reinken 8-4 at first doubles.  Calvin seniors Brian DeMaagd and junior Loukas Peterson defeated Alan Faber and David DeSimone 8-3 at second doubles.  The Hornets took the lead when Robert Hudson and Mike Korn defeated John Strikwerda and Jarrod Brower 8-5 at third doubles.  Calvin needed to win four singles flights, but could not muster any.  DeMaagd fell to Rothstein 6-1, 6-4 at first singles.  Steve Hanselman defeated Phillips 6-4, 6-1 at second singles.  Phillips and Peterson fell at third and fourth singles respectively.  The match was played to decision.  Calvin finishes its season at 13-6.  The Knights won their first conference championship in program history with a conference record of 5-1.

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