Friday, March 29, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
OSHKOSH, WI - The Calvin men’s tennis team rolled to a 9-0 victory over Ripon College Fri. evening in a match played at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The Knights improve to 5-2 on the season. Seniors Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley) and Phil Reinken (Morton, IL/Morton) defeated Eric Seiler and Connor Greenwald 8-2 at first doubles. Senior Brian DeMaagd (Grandville/Calvin Christian) and junior Loukus Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood) defeated Ryan Slowinski and Brian Schumaker 8-2 at second doubles. Senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian) and sophomore John Strikwerda defeated Tyler Hopewell and Anders Goodwin 8-0 at third doubles. Three of the six singles flights were won without losing a game. Reinken defeated Slowinski at third singles, Brower defeated Hopewell at fifth singles and sophomore Tom Griffin (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian). DeMaagd outlasted Seiler at first by scores of 4-6, 6-2, 10-5 victory at first singles. Both Phillips and Peterson lost just a single game at second and fourth singles respectively. Calvin is scheduled to play Lakeland tomorrow, Mar. 30, at 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The Calvin men’s tennis team improved to 4-2 on the year with a hard-fought 5-4 non-conference win over Spring Arbor University Thursday afternoon at the Orchard Hills Tennis Center. Calvin trailed 3-0 after doubles play but fought back to win five of the six singles points. The clinching point came from sophomore Tom Griffin (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) at No. 6 singles as he claimed a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory.Calvin will now prepare for a pair of non-conference matches this weekend in Wisconsin. Calvin will face Ripon on Friday and Lakeland on Saturday.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
ORLANDO, FL - The Calvin men’s tennis team finished its spring break trip with a 9-0 victory against Knox College (IL) on Thurs., Mar. 21 and a 5-4 loss to Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Fri., Mar. 22. In the matchup with the Prairie Fire of Knox, Calvin won all three doubles flights, surrendering five or less games in each flight. Seniors Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley) and Phil Reinken (Morton, IL/Morton HS) defeated Karl Ruzgas and Walter Palmer 8-5 at first doubles. Senior Brian DeMaagd (Grandville/Calvin Christian) and junior Loukas Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood HS) defeated Jonathan Ng and David Ham 8-5 at second doubles. The third doubles flight did not provide any drama. Senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian) and sophomore John Strikwerda (Holland/Holland Christian) defeated Dustin Loch and Mike Carr 8-1. Calvin needed to split the six singles flights to win the match. The Knights did that and more, sweeping all six. Phillips at second singles, Peterson at fourth singles, Brower at fifth singles and sophomore Tom Griffin (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian) all won in straight sets without yielding more than two games in any set. DeMaagd needed three sets to pull of a 3-6, 6-1, 10-3 victory over Ruzgas at first singles. Reinken defeated Ng 6-4, 6-1 at third singles. In Calvin’s match with UW-Oshkosh, the alma mate of Calvin head coach John Ross, the Knights secured a win at third doubles, but fell in two close matches at first and second doubles. In the third doubles match, Brower and Strikwerda defeated Charlie Bostwick and Adam Kasper 8-1. Bobby Brooks and Kevin Lewis defeated Phillips and Reinken 8-5 at first doubles while Mike Gillespie and Aidan Sauberlich defeated DeMaagd and Peterson at second doubles. The Titans and Knights split the six singles flights, but it wasn’t enough for Calvin to win the match. Reinken defeated Sauberlich 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 at third singles. Brower defeated Alex Yang 6-4, 6-3 at fifth singles. Griffin defeated Kinan Al-Bitar 6-2, 6-1 at sixth singles. Peterson pushed his match to a third set at fourth singles, but was unable to win a game in the decisive set, and fell 6-1, 2-6, 6-0. Calvin concludes its spring break trip with a 3-2 record. The Knights will continue the non-conference portion of their schedule Mar. 28 with a match against Spring Arbor.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
ORLANDO, FL - The Calvin men’s tennis team improved to .500 on its spring break trip by defeated Lawrence University (WI) Tues., March 19. Calvin won two of the three doubles flights, and won four of six singles flights to win the match. Jason Dunn and Max Zlevor defeated Calvin seniors Phil Reinken (Morton, IL/Morton HS) and Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley) 8-5 for the Vikings’ lone doubles point at first doubles. Senior Brian Demaagd (Grandville/Calvin Christian) and junior Loukus Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood HS) dispatched Cooper Smith and Jeremy Andererck 8-2 at second doubles. Former Holland Christian standouts senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian) and junior John Strikwerda (Holland/.Holland Christian) pulled out a 9-8(5) victory over Craig Sherwood and Brian DeCorte at third doubles. Calvin won the top two singles flights. DeMaagd defeated Smith 6-1, 6-1 at first singles while Phillips outlasted Dunn 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 at second singles. Peterson and Brower won at fourth and fifith singles without surrendering more than two games in a set. Calvin’s spring break trip continues Thurs., March 21, when the Knights take on Knox College (IL).
Monday, March 18, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
ORLANDO, FL - The Calvin men’s tennis team began its spring break trip with a 6-3 loss to Ogelthorpe University (GA) 6-3 on Mon. afternoon. All three doubles flights were close, but saw the Stormy Petrels taking two of the doubles flights from the Knights. Calvin seniors Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley) and Phil Reinken (Morton, IL/Morton HS) defeated Ethan Motz and Nick Roby 8-6 at the first singles flight. Bryan Bailey and CJ Antonio defeated the Calvin second doubles team of senior Brian Demaagd (Grandville/Calvin Christian) and junior Loukus Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood HS) by a score of 8-6. Former high school teammates senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian) and sophomore John Strikwerda (Holland/Holland Christian) fell in a tiebreak 9-8(7-1) at the third doubles flight. Calvin needed to win four of the six singles flights to win the match, but could muster just two wins. DeMaagd defeated Motz 7-5, 6-3 at the first singles flight. Peterson picked up the other Calvin victory at the four singles flight 6-2, 0-6 (10-4) over Kirk Zhao. Reinken was able to take his match to a third set, but after winning the first 6-1, Reinken was unable to win another game, and fell 6-0, 6-0 in the final two sets. Calvin continues its spring break trip tomorrow, Tues., March 19, when it takes on Lawrence.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Calvin opened its season with a 7-2 non-conference victory over visiting Cornerstone University Wednesday afternoon at Calvinís Huizenga Tennis and Track Center. Calvin swept the three doubles flights and then took four of the six singles flights to close out the win. In doubles action, seniors Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley HS) and Philip Reinken (Morton, IL/Morton HS), picked up an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles while senior Brian DeMaagd (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) and junior Loukas Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood HS) were 8-4 winners at No. 2 doubles. Senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and junior John Strikwerda (Holland/Holland Christian HS) also teamed up for an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles. In singles play, DeMaagd was a 6-3, 6-1 winner at No. 1 singles with Phillips winning 6-2, 7-5 at No. 2 singles. Reinken then picked up a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles while Peterson held a 1-0 lead in sets when his opponent defaulted at No. 4 singles. Calvin is back in action this Friday when it hosts Grand Rapids Community College at 4 p.m.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Calvin College holds the lead in the latest set of MIAA Commissioner’s Cup standings as well as in the standings for the MIAA Men’s and Women’s All-Sports Awards. Calvin has a first place total of 147 points in the MIAA Commissioner’s Cup standings with Hope second with 126 points. In the men’s individual (all-sports) standings, Calvin has 68 points with Hope second with 56 points. In the women’s individual (all-sports) standings, Calvin has 79 points with Hope second with 70 points. This year, Calvin has captured nine MIAA regular season championships, winning league titles in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s swimming and diving.
Monday, February 18, 2013
The Calvin men’s tennis team opened up its 2013 season by competing in the annual West Michigan Tournament this past weekend. Calvin’s top performance came from its No. 2 doubles tandem of senior Brian DeMaagd and junior Loukas Peterson that claimed the tournament title. Calvin is back in action on March 13 when it hosts Cornerstone University at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
A record-setting fall sports season has allowed Calvin to build an early lead in the MIAA Commissionerís Cup Standings. Through the recently completed MIAA fall sports season, Calvin leads the standings with 100 points, four points better than Hope. In the MIAA Womenís All-Sports Standings, Calvin has a first place total of 58 points with Hope second with 53. Hope leads the MIAA Menís All-Sports standings with 43 points, one point better than Calvin. This fall, Calvin captured a record six MIAA titles Ė winning conference crowns in menís and womenís soccer, volleyball, menís and womenís cross country, menís golf and volleyball.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The 2011-12 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 123 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 2010-11 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.