Tuesday, May 28, 2013
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Kevin Van Haitsma has been named the head coach of the Calvin women’s tennis program. Van Haitsma takes over the reins from Dr. Jerry Bergsma who will remain at Calvin as its head women’s golf coach and as a professor in the Calvin kinesiology department. A 2005 Calvin College graduate, Van Haitsma is no stranger to the Calvin tennis program. While a student at Calvin, he was a four-year member of the Calvin men’s tennis, earning a spot on the All-MIAA first team in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Van Haitsma was a three-year starter at No. 1 singles before suffering an off-season injury prior to his senior year. Courageously, Van Haitsma fought back to not only play his senior year in 2005, but also work his way up to the No. 2 singles spot. His comeback story was profiled on the Calvin website at: Kevin Van Haitsma Knightfile Story Van Haitsma was graduated from Calvin in 2005 with a double major of business and physical education. He is a native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School. He later served as an assistant coach with the Calvin women’s tennis team under Bergsma from November of 2005 through the conclusion of the 2009 season.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
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.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
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.
Saturday, May 04, 2013
For the second consecutive year, Calvin College sophomore Megan Visser has been named to the All-MIAA second team in women’s tennis. A native of Kalamazoo and a graduate of Kalamazoo Christian High School, Visser filled the No. 1 singles spot for Calvin this spring and went 3-5 against league opponents. She also played at No. 1 doubles and went 2-6 against league opponents. During the year she was named MIAA Women’s Tennis Player of the Week once. Visser was part of a Calvin women’s tennis team that finished 6-13 overall this spring and in fourth place in the final MIAA regular season standings with a 4-4 league record. The Knights later qualified for the four-team MIAA Tournament before bowing to eventual tournament champion Hope.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
HOLLAND, Mich. – The Calvin women’s tennis team saw its season come to an end Thursday, May 2, on the campus of Hope College. The Knights fell 5-0 to the Flying Dutch in the MIAA Tournament semifinals. In a match played at Vande Poel-Herrings Stadium, Hope won all three doubles flights. Calvin did put up a fight in two of the three flights, however. Seniors Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian) and Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) fell to Melissa Bieri (Holland/Holland Christian) and Anna Garcia (Battle Creek/Lakeview) 8-6 at second doubles. Calvin sophomores Samantha Reitsma (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian) and Ali Roode (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) were defeated by Stephanie Huffman (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Eastern) and Andrea Pickelman (Marshall/Marshall) 8-5 at third doubles. Hope needed to win only two singles flights to clinch the match. The Flying Dutch won the first two matches off the courts. Casey Baxter (Saline/Saline) defeated Ipema 6-1, 6-1 at second singles. Leah LaBarge (Hudsonville/Hudsonville) defeated Calvin junior Bethany Zoerhof (Holland/Holland Christian) 6-2, 6-1 at fourth singles. The match was played to decision. Calvin finishes its season with a 6-11 record including a 4-4 mark in MIAA regular season play.
Monday, April 29, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association named Calvin’s Megan Visser its Player of the Week in women’s tennis for matches played through April 27. Visser, a sophomore from Kalamazoo, won the deciding match at No. 1 singles in Calvin’s 5-4 victory over Saint Mary’s, winning the match 7-5, 1-6, 6-3. The win secured a spot for the Knights in this week’s MIAA tournament. Visser is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Visser has served as Calvin’s No. 1 singles player the past two years. She is currently 7-11 in singles play heading into an MIAA Tournament semifinal match on Thursday at Hope scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Although the Calvin women’s tennis team was idle on Saturday, the Knights gained a berth into the four-team MIAA Tournament next week. The Knights were the recipient of a Kalamazoo victory over Saint Mary’s that allowed Calvin to finish in a tie for fourth place in the final MIAA women’s tennis standings with Saint Mary’s. Calvin gains the fourth and final spot for the MIAA Tournament however as the Knights defeated Saint Mary’s 5-4 earlier this week to gain the head-to-head tie-breaker edge. Calvin will travel to top-seeded Hope for a semifinal match next Thursday at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Calvin women’s tennis team kept its MIAA Tournament hopes alive Wed. afternoon with a thrilling 5-4 come from behind victory over the Belles of Saint Mary’s College. Calvin finishes its regular season with a 6-10 record and a 4-4 mark in MIAA play. Calvin fell behind early, losing at first and second doubles. Calvin rebounded to win third, fourth and sixth singles. The clinching match came at first singles. Sophomore Megan Visser defeated Mary Catherine Faller in three sets by scores of 7-5, 1-6, 6-3. Calvin needs a Kalamazoo win over Saint Mary’s Sat. to earn the fourth and final seed in the MIAA Tournament. If the Belles defeat the Hornets, Saint Mary’s will earn the fourth seed.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
ANGOLA, IN - The Calvin women’s tennis team remained in the hunt for the MIAA Tournament with a 6-3 win at Trine Mon. afternoon. Calvin improves to 5-10 on the season and 3-4 in the MIAA. Calvin earned victories at first and third doubles. Sophomore Megan Visser (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian) and junior Benthany Zoerhof (Holland/Holland Christian) defeated junior Jessica Huhnke (Newburgh, IN/Castle) and Chrissy Uphaus (Centerville, IN/Centerville HS) 9-8 (7-4). Sophomores Samantha Reitsma (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian) and Ali Roode (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) won their third doubles flight 8-3. Ipema won a very tight match at second singles, defeating Uphaus 7-6(5), 7-6(5). Roode defeated Erin Kwaske (Jackson/Western) 6-1, 6-2 at third singles. Reitsma and senior Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) won at fifth and sixth singles respectively at fifth and sixth singles. With Calvin’s win, the Knights still have a chance to earn the fourth seed to the MIAA Tournament. Calvin needs to defeat Saint Mary’s on Apr. 24, and cheer for the Kalamazoo Hornets to defeat the Belles on Sat.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
OLIVET, MI - The Calvin women’s tennis team won its second consecutive MIAA match with an 8-1 victory over Olivet Sat. afternoon. Calvin improves to 4-11 on the season and 2-4 in the MIAA. Calvin won all three doubles flights. The first doubles flight came down to a single game, but junior Bethany Zoerhof (Holland/Holland Christian) sophomore Megan Visser (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian) defeated Caitlin LaValley (Battle Creek/Pennefield) and Jennifer Lightner (Eaton Rapids/Charlotte) 9-7. Seniors Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) and Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian) won 8-0 at second doubles while sophomores Samantha Reitsma (Northpointe Christian) and Ali Roode (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) won the third doubles flight 8-1. Calvin won all but one singles flight, and won flights two through five in convincing fashion. No Knight gave up more than two games in any of the five matches they won. Calvin returns to action Mon., Apr. 22, when it travels to Angola, Ind. to face Trine in a amtch scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m.< 1 2 3 4 > Last »