2011 Calvin Women’s Tennis Preview
Thursday, February 24, 2011
The Calvin women’s tennis team will open its 2011 season on Friday when it travels to Wheaton College (IL) for a non-conference match. The Knights will then face Coe College (IA) Saturday afternoon in a match scheduled to be played in Wheaton.
A year ago, Calvin captured its first MIAA Title since 1982 and also claimed the MIAA Tournament crown to advance to its first-ever NCAA III Tournament. The Knights defeated Baldwin-Wallace 5-0 in a first round match before falling 5-2 to Washington University of St. Louis.
Calvin returns five letterwinners from last year’s team that finished with an overall record of 19-4. The Knights also welcome four first-year players to the roster. Leading the list of returning players are seniors Melissa Oosterhouse (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Kaitlin Spoelhof (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and Michelle Busscher (Whitehall/Western Michigan Christian HS).
Oosterhouse and Spoelhof were both named to the All-MIAA first team last spring. Oosterhouse was also named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player and later earned Academic All-America honors as well as the prestigious NCAA Elite 88 Award which she received while competing at the NCAA III Single Tournament in May.
The Calvin Sports Information Department caught up with head Calvin women’s tennis coach Jerry Bergsma to preview the upcoming season. That audio preview can be found online at: Jerry Bergsma Preseason Audio Interview