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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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Kevin Van Haitsma Named Head Coach of Calvin Women’s Tennis Program

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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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.

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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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Megan Visser Named to All-MIAA Second Team in Women’s Tennis

Saturday, May 04, 2013

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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.

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Women’s tennis falls 5-0 at Hope in MIAA Tournament Semifinals

Thursday, May 02, 2013

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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.

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Megan Visser Named MIAA Women’s Tennis Player of the Week

Monday, April 29, 2013

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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.

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Women’s Tennis Gains MIAA Tournament Berth - To Travel to Hope Next Thursday for Semis

Saturday, April 27, 2013

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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.

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Women’s tennis remains in MIAA Tournament hunt with 5-4 win over Saint Mary’s

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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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. 

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Womens tennis remains in hunt for spot in MIAA Tournament with 6-3 win at Trine

Monday, April 22, 2013

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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.

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