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Young talent defines Calvin women’s tennis

Friday, June 01, 2012

By Andrew Knot

With four freshmen, five sophomores, two juniors and no seniors on Calvin women’s tennis team, the squad was short on experience but not lacking for ability.

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Megan Visser Receives All-MIAA Second Team Honors

Saturday, May 05, 2012

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Calvin College freshman 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 4-4 against league opponents. Visser was part of a youthful Calvin women’s tennis team that finished 7-13 overall this spring and in fourth place in the final MIAA regular season standings with a 5-3 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 Defeated by Hope 5-0 in MIAA Tournament Semifinals

Thursday, May 03, 2012

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HOLLAND - The Calvin women’s tennis team saw its season come to an end on Thursday as the Knights were defeated by Hope 5-0 in the MIAA Tournament semifinals. A youthful Calvin team concludes its season with a final overall record of 7-13.

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Women’s Tennis Closes Out Regular Season With 7-2 Win Over Trine

Saturday, April 28, 2012

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By Mark DeHaan

With fourth place in the MIAA all wrapped up for the conference tournament, the Knights looked to finish off their regular season with a win as they hosted Trine Saturday afternoon at the Huizenga Tennis & Track Center.  Calvin did just that, defeating the visiting Thunder 7-2. The 7-2 win moves the Knights MIAA record to 5-3 and their overall record to 7-12. Calvin will now prepare for the MIAA Tournament where it will face first-seeded Hope, who is 8-0 in conference, in the opening round next week Thursday. The Knights lost their regular season match against Hope 8-1.

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Women’s Tennis Defeated by Hope

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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HOLLAND - Calvin dropped an 8-1 decision to league-leading Hope Tuesday afternoon at Holland Christian High School. The loss drops Calvin to 6-12 overall and to 4-3 in the MIAA. Calvin will close out its MIAA regular season on Saturday when it hosts Trine at 1 p.m. In the loss to Hope on Saturday, Calvin battled the Flying Dutch on fairly even terms in doubles play, losing all three points but losing by scores of 8-6 (No. 1), 8-5 (No. 2) and 8-4 (No. 3). Hope (15-7 overall, 7-0 MIAA) then took control in singles play, winning the top five singles flights including four flights where Calvin won just a combined seven games. Calvin’s lone win came from freshman Ali Roode (Jenison/Unity Christian HS) at No. 6 singles as she claimed a 6-4, 6-2 win to boost her season record to 15-3 in singles play.

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Women’s Tennis Clinches Spot in MIAA Tournament With Win at Adrian

Saturday, April 21, 2012

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ADRIAN – Calvin improved to 6-11 overall and to 4-2 in the MIAA with a 7-2 conference dual match win at Adrian Saturday afternoon. The Knights are currently in fourth place in the MIAA standings and have now clinched a spot in the upcoming four-team MIAA Tournament. Calvin has remaining regular season league matches against Hope (April 24) and against Trine (April 28).  The MIAA Tournament is slated to start on May 3 at the site of the MIAA regular season champion. Calvin is two wins ahead of Alma (4-4) but holds a head-to-head tiebreaker edge over Alma for a league tournament spot.

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Women’s Tennis Defeats Saint Mary’s 6-3 to Move Into Tie For Third Place in MIAA Standings

Monday, April 16, 2012

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NOTRE DAME, IN - Calvin remained in the thick of the MIAA Tournament hunt with an important 6-3 conference dual match victory at Saint Mary’s Monday afternoon. Calvin is now 5-11 overall and more importantly 3-2 in the MIAA which places the Knights in a tie for third place in the league standings with Kalamazoo. The top four teams in the final MIAA regular season standings will advance to the four-team MIAA Tournament later this month. Calvin returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Adrian for a 1 p.m. conference match.

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Women’s Tennis Clipped at Grand Valley State 9-0

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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ALLENDALE - The Calvin women’s tennis team suffered a 9-0 decision at Grand Valley State Wednesday afternoon. The Lakers entered the match ranked 23rd in the most recent ITA Division II Top 25 poll.
Calvin drops to 4-11 overall with the loss. the Knights return to action next Monday for a conference match at Saint Mary’s at 4 p.m.

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Women’s Tennis Goes Indoors To Defeat Olivet 8-1

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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Calvin got back on the winning track with an 8-1 victory over Olivet Tuesday afternoon inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center. The Knights are now 4-10 overall and 2-2 in the MIAA. The Knights are currently tied for fifth place in the MIAA standings with Adrian and Saint Mary’s. Calvin got off to a quick start by sweeping the three doubles flights. Freshmen Megan Visser (Kalamazoo Christian HS) and Samantha Reitsma (Northpointe Christian HS) were 8-3 winners at No. 1 doubles while junoir Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids Christian HS) and sophomore Bethany Zoerhof (Holland Christian HS) 8-2 winners at No. 2 doubles. Sophomore Lauren Schlagenhauf (Fort Wayne, IN/Concordia Lutheran HS) and junior Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo Christian HS) claimed an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles.Calvin then clipped off five singles wins with Visser winning 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, Ipema winning 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3 singles, Reitsma winning 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4 singles, Doezema winning 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5 singles and freshman Ali Roode (Unity Christian HS) winning 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6 singles. Calvin is back in action on Wednesday when it travels to Grand Valley State University for a non-conference match at 3:30 p.m.

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Women’s Tennis Edged by Albion 5-4 in Epic Five-Hour Dual Match

Thursday, April 05, 2012

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By Mitch Blankespoor

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Calvin College women’s tennis team dueled the Britons from Albion College long past sunset.  The match was tied at 4-4 with only one flight, fourth singles, still on the court.  With freshmen Samantha Reitsma holding a 3-2 advantage in the third set, the match was moved to nearby athletic club MVP.  It was Sarah Towler that prevailed in the marathon match of over four hours winning the third set tiebreak 10-8.The loss drops Calvin to 3-10 (1-2 MIAA) on the year.  The Knights return to action when they take on the Comets of Olivet College April 10 at Strikweda Tennis Center.

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