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Calvin Comes From Behind To Claim 5-4 Win Over Hope in Men’s Tennis

Thursday, April 26, 2012

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By Mitch Blankespoor

The Calvin Knights men’s tennis team hosted rival Hope College at Strikwerda Tennis Center.  The match was played over a span of two days because of weather.  The first day of competition saw Hope winning two of the three doubles flights en route to a 2-1 lead. 

The first doubles match off the court was first doubles.  Calvin juniors Preston Phillips and Phil Reinkin held a slim 6-5 lead before seeing Hope College junior Robert Cawood and sophomore Gabe Casher roar back to take the pro set 8-6.  Brian DeMaagd and Loukas Peterson gave the Knights their lone doubles point defeating Cody Herbruck and Davis VanderVeen 8-4.  Matthew Culver and Parker Bussies gave Hope the lead by defeating Vashan Wright and Jarrod Brower at the third doubles flight.

The singles matches then began, but could not finish.  Rain forced the match to be postponed until Thursday, April 26th.

Despite the weather delay, the Dutchmen did not miss a beat.  The first singles flight was the first match off the court.  Robert Cawood made quick work of Brian DeMaagd defeating him 6-0, 6-0.  Preston Phillips avenged a defeat at the Calvin Flighted Singles Invitational last weekend defeating Parker Bussies 6-4, 6-2. 

The next two matches off the court were Knight victories.  Vashan Wright beat Matthew Culver 6-3, 6-2 at six singles.  Loukas Peterson defeated Cody Herbruck in three sets by scores of 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The fifth singles flight proved to be the deciding match. Calvin junior Jarrod Brower took the first set 6-4.  Hope junior Davis VanderVeen took the second set 6-3.  Brower broke early in the third set taking a 3-2 lead.  VanderVeen broke back to tie the set at three games all.  Brower broke VanderVeen’s serve the very next game and held that break throughout to win the decisive third set 6-4 and give Calvin an insurmountable 5-3 lead as a team.

Hope took the third singles flight as Gabe Casher defeated Phil Reinken 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to make the final score 5-4.

“Both teams got thrown a curveball with the weather,” Calvin head coach John Ross said.  “This is the first Calvin-Hope match I’ve been a part of that has lasted two days.  That being said, it was good to see our guys pull through in several tight matches today.  There’s a good chance that we will play them again in the league tournament and I’m sure it will be just as hard fought.”

The win moves Calvin to 9-7 (4-1 MIAA) on the year.  The Knights will return to action this Saturday when they travel to Alma to take on the Alma Scots.

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