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Men’s tennis defeats Hope 5-4 in MIAA Tournament Semifinals

Thursday, May 02, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Coming off a loss at the hands of the Flying Dutchmen last week, the Calvin men’s tennis team hosted Hope in the MIAA Tournament semifinals May 2 looking for revenge. The match lasted well over four hours, and also included a rain delay. Calvin edged Hope, defeated the Flying Dutchmen 5-4 at Strikwerda Tennis Center.  The Knights won two of three doubles flights.  Preston Phillips and Phil Reinken won at first doubles while Brian DeMaagd and Loukas Peterson won at second doubles.  Calvin needed three of six singles flights to win the match, and got exactly that.  Phillips won a 6-4, 7-5 match over Parker Bussies at second singles.  Jarrod Brower defeated Jon Panzer 6-0, 6-3 at fifth singles.  The decisive flight came at fourth singles.  Loukas Peterson defeated Kyle Kreps in three sets by scores of 7-6 (4) 6-7 (6), 6-3.  Calvin improves to 14-5 on the season and is also 5-1 in the MIAA. The Knights earn a berth in the MIAA Tournament final for the third consecutive year. Calvin will travel Kalamazoo to take on the Hornets tomorrow, May 3, for a 4:00 p.m. match at Stowe Tennis Stadium.

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Men’s Tennis Competes at MIAA Flighted Tournament Hosted by Hope

Saturday, April 27, 2013

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HOLLAND - Calvin concluded play at the two-day MIAA Flighted Tournament at Hope College. The competition was unscored. Calvin’s top singles finish came in the “C” singles flight with junior John Strikwerda taking third place with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Nick Ihrie of Trine. In doubles competition, Calvin’s “B” doubles team of senior Jarrod Brower and Strikwerda took home the title with an 8-3 win over a tandem from Alma.  Seniors Preston Phillips and Philip Reinken also combined for a third place finish in the “A” doubles competition. Calvin will now prepare to compete in the MIAA Tournament semifinals next Thursday when it hosts rival Hope at 4 p.m. at Calvin’s Strikwerda Tennis Courts.

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Men’s tennis falls 6-3 at Hope - shares MIAA title with Hope and Kalamazoo

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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HOLLAND, MI - The Calvin men’s tennis team traveled to the DeWitt Tennis Center on the campus of Hope College Tues. afternoon in search of an outright MIAA men’s tennis championship.  The Knights clinched a share of the title with a 7-2 win over Albion on Apr. 19.  Hope defeated Calvin 6-3 to clinch a share of the MIAA title with Calvin and Kalamazoo.  Hope won all three doubles flights.  After Preston Phillips defeated Park Bussies at second singles and Brian DeMaagd fell to Bobby Cawood at first singles, Calvin needed to win all four remaining singles flights to win the match.  The match-clinching flight came at sixth singles.  Calvin sophomore Tom Griffin fell behind a set, but battled back to force a decisive third.  Hope sophomore Jan Panzer won the set and won the match by scores of 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.  Calvin shares the MIAA title with Hope and Kalamazoo.  The Hornets’ incredible streak of 75 straight conference titles, dating back to 1936, continues.  Through a tiebreaker, Calvin gains the number-two seed for the MIAA Tournament semifinals next Thursday while Hope is the third seed and Kalamazoo the number-one seed. The fourth seed has not yet been determined. Calvin will host Hope next Thursday in an MIAA Tournament semifinal match at 4 p.m.

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Men’s tennis earns shares of MIAA title with 7-2 win at Albion

Saturday, April 20, 2013

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ALBION, MI - The Calvin College men’s tennis team clinched a share of the MIAA conference championship for the first time in school history Fri. with a 7-2 win at Albion.  The Knights improve to 14-4 on the season and a perfect 6-0 in the MIAA.  Calvin jumped out to an early lead in the match, winning all three doubles flights.  The top two flights, however, were hotly contested. Calvin seniors Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley) and Phil Reinken (Morton, IL/Morton HS) pulled out a 9-8 (7-5) victory over Albion senior Tucker Blake (Bloomfield Hills/Birmingham Seaholm) and freshmen Eric Guidini (Plymouth/Detroit Catholic Central) at first doubles.  Calvin senior Brian DeMaagd (Grandville/Calvin Christian) and junior Loukus Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood HS) defeated the Albion second doubles team of freshman Jonathan Gurnee (Midland/Dow) and sophomore Aaron Stanley (Flint/Carman-Ainsworth) 9-7.  Calvin won the third doubles flight without much resistance.  Senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian) and junior John Strikwerda (Holland/Holland Christian) defeated junior Steve Nawrocki (Lake Orion/Lake Orion HS) and Will Pearl 8-3.  The Knights needed just three of the six singles flights to clinch a share of their first MIAA title in program history.  The Knights did that and more, winning four singles matches.  DeMaagd won a 7-6(5), 6-0 match over Gurnee at first singles.  Peterson defeated Stanley 6-1, 6-1 at fourth singles. Jarrod Brower took care of Ross Kynast (Highland/International Academy)  6-3, 7-5 at fifth singles.  Sophomore Tom Griffin (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian) defeated Pearl 6-3, 6-1 at sixth singles.  Calvin travels to Holland to face the Flying Dutchmen of Hope College on Apr. 23.  Calvin clinches the top seed in the MIAA Tournament and an outright conference title with a win.  The match is slated to start at 3:00 p.m.

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Men’s Tennis Defeated by Davenport

Friday, April 19, 2013

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Calvin dropped a 6-2 decision late Thursday night to Davenport University in a non-conference match played at the MVP Sportsplex. Senior Brian DeMaagd (Calvin Christian HS) and junior Loukas Peterson (Brentwood, TN) teamed up for Calvin’s lone doubles point, winning 9-8 at No. 2 doubles. In singles play, senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian HS) was a three-set winner at No. 3 singles. Calvin (12-3) will journey to Albion on Saturday for a key MIAA match slated to start at 3:30 p.m.

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Men’s tennis remains perfect in MIAA play with 9-0 victory over Adrian

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Calvin men’s tennis team won its fourth straight MIAA match with a 9-0 victory over Adrian in Wed. afternoon.  The match was played inside Calvin’s Huizenga Track and Tennis Center because of rainy weather conditions.  Calvin improves to 12-3 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in the MIAA.  Calvin won the top four single flights in convincing fashion.  Senior Brian DeMaagd (Grandville/Calvin Christian) defeated Adrian freshman Jordan Verbauwhede (Whitelaw, WI/Lincoln) 6-1, 6-1 at first singles.  Seniors Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley HS) and Phil Reinken (Morton, IL/Morton HS) won at second and third singles by scores of 6-3, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-0 respectively.  The two engineering majors also teamed up to defeated Verbauwede and Michael Mertz (Farmington/North Farmington) 8-2 at first doubles.  Calvin junior Loukus Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood HS) defeated Cameron Hamilton (Mason/Mason HS) 6-2, 6-0 at fourth singles.  The win was Peterson’s second of the day as him and DeMaagd defeated Hamilton and Alex Amos (Delton/Gull Lake) 8-2 at second doubles.  Holland Christian alums senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian) and junior John Strikwerda (Holland/Holland Christian) defeated Ryan Delacy (Novi/Detroit Catholic Central) and Spencer Georgetti (Sylvania, OH/Northview) 8-6 at third doubles.  Brower also won a 7-5, 6-2 match at fifth singles defeating Amos.  The most contested match of the day was at the sixth singles flight.  Sophomore Tom Griffin (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian) outlasted Troy Gargrave (Sterling Heights/Sterling Heights HS) 6-2, 4-6, 10-5. 

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Men’s tennis sweeps Oberlin 5-0

Saturday, April 13, 2013

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HOLLAND, MI - The Calvin men’s tennis team finished the MIAA/NCAC Challenge with a 5-0 win over Oberlin on Sat., Apr. 13.  Calvin finishes the challenge with a 2-1 record having defeated Ohio Wesleyan and falling to Wabash yesterday.  The Knights won all three doubles flights.  Seniors Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley HS) and Phil Reinken (Morton, IL/Morton HS) handled Ben turchin (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern Regional) and Charlie Marks (Chagrin Falls, OH/Hawken) 8-1 at first doubles.  Senior Brian DeMaagd (Grandville/Calvin Christian) and junior Loukus Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood HS) defeated Soren Zeliger (Bronx, NY/Horace Mann) and Callan Louis (Cambridge, MA/The Rivers School) 8-5 at second doubles.  Senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian) and junior John Strikwerda (Holland/Holland Christian) won their third doubles flight, defeating Brandon McKenna (Kamuela, HI/Wilbraham & Monson Academy) and Eliot Heaton (Geneva, NY/Geneva HS) 8-3.  The Knights needed just two singles flights to clinch the match.  Calvin won the first two matches off the court.  Peterson defeated Zeliger 6-0, 6-0 at fourth singles.  Calvin sophomore Tom Griffin (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian) defeated McKenna 6-3, 6-2 at sixth singles. Calvin returns to MIAA play Apr. 17, when it hosts the Adrian Bulldogs for a 4:00 p.m. match at Strikwerda Tennis Center.

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Men’s tennis defeats Ohio Wesleyan 5-0

Friday, April 12, 2013

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HOLLAND, MI - After falling to Wabash 5-2 in the morning, the Calvin men’s tennis team returned to its winning ways with a 5-0 win against Ohio Wesleyan.  Calvin concludes day of of the MIAA/NCAC Challenge with a 1-1 record.  Calvin won all three doubles matches while surrendering no more than four games in each flight.  Seniors Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley HS) and Phil Reinken (Morton, IL/Morton HS) defeated John Rissell (Whitefish Bay, WI/University School) and Richie Karban (Elyria, OH/Elyria HS) 8-4 at first doubles.  Senior Brian DeMaagd (Grandville/Calvin Christian) and junior Loukus Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood HS) defeated John Russell (Maumee. OH/Maumee HS) and Will Thieman (Colombus, OH/Upper Arlington) 8-2 at second doubles.  Senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian) and John Strikwerda (Holland/Holland Christian) picked up an 8-3 victory at third doubles.  Calvin needed only two singles wins to clinch the match.  DeMaagd handled Rissell 6-0, 6-1 at first singles.  Peterson defeated Connor Breen (Essix Falls, NJ/Kimberly Academy) 6-0, 6-0 at fourth singles.  Calvin improves to 11-2 on the season.  The Knights return to action tomorrow morning when they face Oberlin at 10:00 a.m.

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Men’s tennis falls to Wabash 5-2 in first match of MIAA/NCAC Challenge

Friday, April 12, 2013

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HOLLAND, MI - The Calvin men’s tennis team faced the Little Giants of Wabash College in its first match of the MIAA/NCAC Challenge hosted by Hope and Calvin.  Wabash ended Calvin’s eight-game winning streak, defeating the Knights 5-2.  Calvin fell behind early, winning just one of the two doubles flights.  Senior Brian DeMaagd (Grandville/Calvin Christian) and junior Loukus Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood) defeated Mark Troiano (Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral) and Nate Koelper (Fort Wayne, IN/Concordia Lutheran) 8-5 at second doubles.  The Wabash first doubles team of Wade Miller (Crawfordsville, IN/North Montgomery) and Daniel Delgado (Indianapolis, IN/North Central) edged Calvin seniors Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley) and Phil Reinken (Morton, IL/Morton) 9-7.  Former high school teammates senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian) and junior John Strikwerda (Holland/Holland Christian) fell to Ian Leonard (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington North) and Drew Sawyer (Kokomo, IN/Kokomo) 8-6 at third doubles. Calvin’s lone singles win came at the sixth singles flight.  Sophomore Tom Griffin (Elmhurst, IL/Elmhurst) defeated Sawyer 7-5, 6-1.  Phillips took Delgado to three sets, but fell by scores of 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(1).  Calvin squares off against the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan later this afternoon.

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Men’s Tennis Cracks ITA Division III Regional Rankings

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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ITA Division III Central Region Rankings

For the first time this year, the Calvin men’s tennis team has cracked the ITA Division III Central Region rankings. The Knights are ranked 17th in the Central Region rankings released earlier today. Under the direction of head coach John Ross, the Knights are currently 9-2 overall and 2-0 in the MIAA. Calvin will face a trio of North Coast Athletic Conference opponents this weekend in Holland as the Knights will meet Wabash and Ohio Wesleyan Friday and Oberlin on Saturday. All three matches will be played at Hope College.

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