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Baseball Snaps Losing Skid By Taking Two at Hope

Thursday, March 31, 2011

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(Photo by Sandy Palmatter)

HOLLAND - The Calvin baseball team picked up two much-needed victories at Hope Thursday afternoon, defeating the Flying Dutchmen 12-6 and 2-1. Playing their fifth and sixth games in three days, the Knights dipped deep into their pitching rotation and received superb efforts in gaining the pair of wins. In the opener, sophomore Drew Vos gave Calvin 3.1 innings of work with senior Derick Vargas and Cory Laster coming on in relief with Laster getting the pitching victory.  In game two, freshman lefthander Grant VanderWall pitched a complete-game victory, striking out three and walking two while allowing only four hits. Senior Andrew Bosma belted a two-run RBI double in the third to account for the all the run support VanderWall would need. The victories snapped a five-game Calvin losing skid and boosted the Knights to 6-9 overall and 2-4 in the MIAA. Calvin will host Hope in a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

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Men’s Tennis Team Opens MIAA Campaign With Victory at Albion

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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ALBION - The Calvin men’s tennis team opened its 2011 MIAA campaign with an 8-1 victory at Albion Wednesday afternoon at Albion’s Ungrodt Tennis Center. The Knights are now 4-4 overall on the season. Calvin jumped out to a quick lead by sweeping the three doubles flights with Roland Eldridge and Preston Phillips winning at No. 1 doubles, Brian DeMaagd and Loukas Peterson winning at No. 2 doubles and Andrew DeVlieger and Philip Reinken winning at No. 3 doubles. In singles play, DeVlieger won at No. 2 singles, DeMaagd won at No. 3 singles, Phillips won at No. 4 singles, Peterson won at No. 5 singles and Jarrod Brower won at No. 6 singles. Calvin will now prepare for a trio of non-conference matches this weekend as it will travel to Hiram on Friday and then face Wittenberg and Wabash on Saturday with both Saturday matches taking place at Wabash College.

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Baseball Drops a Pair to Adrian at Calvin Field

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Calvin dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the visiting Bulldogs of Adrian College Wednesday afternoon at Calvin Fieldhouse, falling by scores of 6-2 and 9-1. The Knights are now 4-9 overall and 0-4 in the MIAA. In the opener, sophomore Ben Cok ripped a two-run homer that gave the Knights a 2-1 lead but Adrian scored four unearned runs in the top of the seventh to gain the win. In game two, Adrian scored three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back. Peter Steiner took the loss in game one while Jeff Groenewold took the loss in game two. Calvin will travel to Hope on Thursday for a conference doubleheader slated to start at 2 p.m.

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Women’s Tennis Defeats Kalamazoo 5-4 in MIAA Opener

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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(written by sports information student assistant Mitch Blankespoor)

Coming off of a season in which the Calvin women’s tennis team won the MIAA conference for the first time in 29 years, the Knights looked to open their conference season with a win against the Kalamazoo Hornets. Calvin picked up victories at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and then swept the top three singles flights to clinch the win. The Knights will take on the Scots of Alma at Alma on Monday, April 4.

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Baseball Drops Two at Adrian - To Host Bulldogs Wednesday in Doubleheader

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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ADRIAN - Calvin opened its 2011 MIAA campaign with a pair of narrow defeats at two-time defending league champion Adrian Tuesday afternoon. Calvin dropped the opener of Tuesday’s twinbill 3-2 and then fell 4-2 in game two. Calvin received strong pitching performances in both games but could not muster the run support needed to gain victory. The two teams will meet again Wednesday afternoon for a doubleheader - this time at Calvin Field with the first pitch set for 2 p.m.

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Calvin Presents a Look Back at the 2011 MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships

Monday, March 28, 2011

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Last month, the Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed at the MIAA Championships at Jenison High School. At the meet, the Calvin women’s team captured its seventh consecutive MIAA title while the Calvin men’s team finished fourth. Calvin also captured three of the four MIAA MVP awards with sophomore Elizabeth Counsell claiming the MIAA Women’s Most Valuable Swimmer award, sophomore Samantha Klaasen receiving the MIAA Women’s Most Valuable Diver Award and freshman Andy Krafft claiming the MIAA Men’s Most Valuable Diver award. Calvin sports information director Jeff Febus and Calvin student Mike Zaagman teamed up to produce a 17-minute video recapping the three days of competition.

2011 MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships from Calvin College on Vimeo.

Filmed by Jeff Febus. Edited by Mike Zaagman

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Calvin Men Finish 25th at NCAA III Swimming & Diving Championships - Women Finish 34th

Saturday, March 26, 2011

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KNOXVILLE, TN - The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams closed out competition at the NCAA III Championships in record-breaking fashion on Saturday. Sophomore Elizabeth Counsell earned an All-America performance with a seventh place finish in the women’s 200 breaststroke while setting a school record in the process. Meanwhile, freshman Andy Krafft reset his own school record twice on Saturday in taking third place in the men’s three-meter diving competition. The All-America finish by Counsell enabled the Calvin women to finish in 34th place in the final team standings with 17 points while Krafft boosted the Calvin men’s team into a tie for 25th place in the final standings with 33 points.

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Men’s Golf Takes Second at Sunshine Invitational

Saturday, March 26, 2011

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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - Calvin concluded competition at the Sunshine Invitational at the Wannamaker Ryder Golf Course on Friday, finishing in second place, three strokes behind Williams College in the two-day, 36-hole event. Calvin held a five-stroke lead over Williams heading into Friday’s competition but the Ephs had a huge second day, firing a team score of 292 to nip the Knights by three in the final standings. Calvin had back-to-back solid rounds however, posting a 299 on Thursday and a 300 on Friday. The Knights were led by senior Eric Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) who placed fourth in the final team standings with a 148 (73-75) while sophomore Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) tied for fifth with a 149 (76-73). Senior Jess Hendriksma (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Chrsitian HS) also came on strong Friday, finishing in ninth place individually (78-76) with a 36-hole total of 154.

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Women’s Tennis Nipped by Luther 5-4 in Spring Trip Finale

Saturday, March 26, 2011

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ORLANDO, FL - The Calvin women’s tennis team suffered another close defeat to a regionally-ranked opponent, falling 5-4 to Luther College of Iowa Friday afternoon. Luther took a 2-1 lead through doubles with Calvin’s lone doubles point coming from seniors Melissa Oosterhouse and Kaitlin Spoelhof at No. 1 doubles. Calvin again swept the top three singles flights with Oosterhouse winning at No. 1 singles, Spoelhof at No. 2 singles and senior Michelle Busscher at No. 3 singles but Luther was able to grab the remaining three singles points to hold on for the win. Calvin (3-6) returns to action next Tuesday when it hosts Kalamazoo College at 4 p.m. in the MIAA opener for both schools.

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Counsell & Kaufman Claim Honorable Mention All-America Berths at NCAAs

Friday, March 25, 2011

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KNOXVILLE, TN - The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team broke into the team standings Friday night with a pair of honorable mention All-America performances at the NCAA III Championships at the University of Tennessee. Freshman Elise Kaufman took 13th (383.70) in the women’s one-meter diving competition while sophomore Elizabeth Counsell was 16th in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.85). The pair of honorable mention All-America berths gives Calvin five points in the team standings—good for 47th place with one day of competition left. Counsell will compete in the women’s 200 breaststroke Saturday while freshman Andy Krafft will compete in the men’s three-meter diving competition.

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