Friday, May 04, 2012
The 2012 season came to an end for the Calvin men’s tennis team Friday afternoon at Stowe Stadium as the Knights dropped a 5-1 decision to Kalamazoo in the MIAA Tournament Championship final. Calvin concludes its season with an overall record of 11-9. Calvin’s lone point came at No. 1 doubles as the tandem of juniors Philip Reinken and Preston Phillips won by a 9-8 score. Kalamazoo led 2-1 after doubles play and then claimed wins at No. 5, No. 3 and No. 1 singles to close out the win in a match played to decision. Friday’s match marked the second straight year that Calvin has advanced to the MIAA Tournament Final in men’s tennis.
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Calvin College men’s tennis defeats rival Hope College 5-4 in the MIAA Tournament semifinals. Despite the weather delay, the Knights needed a huge comeback from junior Preston Phillips to clinch the win.This earns Calvin a matchup against the Kalamazoo Hornets, a team the Knights have never beaten, in the MIAA Tournament Championship. The match will be played at 4pm at Kalamazoo’s Stowe Tennis Stadium.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Photo by Sandy Palmatter
EAST LANSING - The Calvin men’s tennis team suffered an 8-1 defeat to Spring Arbor University Monday afternoon in a match played indoors at the Michigan State Indoor Courts. The loss drops Calvin to 10-8 overall heading into a Thursday MIAA Tournament semifinal match against rival Hope. Calvin’s lone point on Monday came from sophomore Loukas Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood HS) at No. 5 singles as he fought his way to a 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 win. Peterson is now 14-5 on the season. Calvin’s match against Hope on Thursday is slated to start at 4 p.m. at the Strikwerda Tennis Courts.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Photo by Sandy Palmatter
The Calvin men’s tennis team secured a 9-0 victory at Alma Saturday afternoon. The Knights finish the regular season with an overall mark of 10-7 and a second place conference mark of 5-1. It marks the 10th consecutive year that the Calvin men’s tennis team has reached the double-digit plateau in victories. In finishing second in the MIAA regular season standings, Calvin receives the second seed for next week’s MIAA Tournament. Calvin will host a semifinal match against third-seeded Hope next Thursday. Kalamazoo is the top seed for the four-team tournament. Juniors Phil Reinken and Preston Phillips both claimed singles victories while sophomore Loukas Peterson and junior Jarrod Brower also had singles wins. Reinken and Phillips are now both 14-8 in singles play this year while Peterson is 13-5 and Brower 12-8.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
In a match that spanned two days, the Calvin men’s tennis team came from behind to claim a 5-4 victory over rival Hope Thursday afternoon at the Strikwerda Tennis Courts. The match began on Wednesday with Hope claiming two of the three doubles points but rain suspended play late Wednesday afternoon, moving the bulk of singles competition to Thursday. Calvin then claimed four of the six singles flights to come-from-behind for the win. Junior Jarrod Brower came up with the clinching point, winning a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 match at No. 5 singles that gave the Knights an insurmountable 5-3 lead. Other singles winners for Calvin included junior Preston Phillips (No. 2), sophomore Loukas Peterson (No. 4) and senior Vashan Wright (No. 6). With the win, Calvin (4-1 MIAA) also clinches the number-two seed for next week’s MIAA Tournament.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Photo by Sandy Palmatter
The Calvin/Hope men’s tennis match was suspended on Wednesday because of rain. The match was suspended after doubles play with Hope holding a 2-1 lead and singles play just underway. The match will resume at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday (April 26) at Calvin’s Strikwerda Tennis Courts.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
By Mitch Blankespoor/Photo by Sandy Palmatter
The Calvin men’s tennis team concluded play in its own Calvin Flighted Singles Invitational Saturday afternoon at Calvin’s Strikwerda Tennis Center and the Zandee Tennis Center at the Gainey Athletic Complex. Calvin junior Phil Reinken won the “B” singles flight despite struggling in the semi final match. He defeated Hope’s Kyle Kreps 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 10-7. The final match was much more straightforward. Rienken downed David Murray of Trine 7-5, 6-1. Vashan Wright won the “C” singles flight for Calvin defeating Alma’s Ben Schippers 6-3, 6-1 before beating Cody Herbuck of Hope 7-5, 6-3 in the final. Calvin freshmen John Strikwerda made a name for himself by winning the “D” singles flight. In the semifinal match, Strikwerda defeated Alma’s Phil Ryskamp 6-2, 6-0 and then Matt Culver of Hope in the final 6-4, 6-3. In the “A” doubles flight, four Calvin Knights played in the consolation final. Phillips and Reinken defeated DeMaagd and Peterson 8-5.In the “B” singles flight, Vashan Wright and Jarrod Brower edged out Bussies and Culver of Hope 9-8(4) to win the flight.Calvin will return to action when it plays host to rival Hope College Wednesday at Strikwerda Tennis Center.
Friday, April 20, 2012
By Mitch Blankespoor
HOLLAND, MI - The Calvin Flighted Invitational ended its first day of competition Friday. The first day of competition was held at Hope College due to weather. Each Calvin flight was in action for at least one match. Calvin had two players competing in each flight of singles. Starting off with ‘’A” singles flight, junior Preston Phillips defeated Josh Grove of Alma 6-4, 7-5 as well as Brian DeMaagd defeating Dan Desper of Trine 2-6, 6-3, 10-6. At “B” singles, junior Phil Reinkin defeated Joey Clark of Trine 6-3, 6-3 and Jarrod Brower was defeated by Gabe Gasher 3-6, 6-3, 10-5. Nick Ihrie defeated Tom Griffin of Calvin 6-3, 6-4 at “C” singles as well as Vashan Wright of Calvin defeating Joe Panzer of Hope 6-4, 6-4. John Strikwerda defeated Dan Owens of Hope 6-4, 4-6, 10-6. Stephen Healy lost to Matt Culver 7-5, 6-2. Both Knight teams in “A” flight doubles went 1-1 on the day. This will force a matchup of the two Calvin teams tomorrow morning. In the “B” flight of doubles, Calvin has one team team playing for the championship. Brower and Wright will face Bussies/Culver.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
ADRIAN - Calvin broke the .500 mark on the year with a 9-0 win at Adrian Tuesday afternoon. The Knights are now 8-7 overall and 3-1 in the MIAA. The Knights are tied for second place in the MIAA standings with Hope.Claiming doubles wins were juniors Preston Phillips and Philip Reinken (No. 1), junior Brian DeMaagd and sophomore Loukas Peterson (No. 2 ) and sophomore John Strikwerda and sophomore Stephen Healy (No. 3). Singles winners included DeMaagd (No. 1), Phillips (No. 2), Reinken (No. 3), Peterson (No. 4), freshman Tom Griffin (No. 5) and Strikwerda (No. 6). Peterson is now 11-5 in singles play this season while Phillips is 11-7 and Reinken 10-7.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
The Calvin men’s tennis team improved to 7-7 on the year with a 5-1 victory over Oberlin College Saturday morning at the MIAA/North Coast Challenge. The match was played indoors because of inclement weather and was played to decision because of time constraints. Calvin took two of the three doubles points with juniors Preston Phillips and Philip Reinken winning 8-2 at No. 1 doubles and senior Vashan Wright and junior Jarrod Brower winning 9-8 at No. 3 doubles. Calvin then clinched the wins with victories at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 singles. Phillips was a 6-0, 6-2 winner at No. 2 singles, Reinken a 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 winner at No. 3 singles and Peterson a 6-2, 6-4 winner at No. 4 singles. Phillips and Reinken are now 6-2 together in doubles action while Peterson upped his season singles mark to 10-5. Phillips also hit the double-digit mark for singles wins this year, improving his season mark to 10-7. Calvin is back in action on Tuesday when it travels to Adrian for a 4 p.m. match.« First < 3 4 5 6 7 > Last »