Calvin Takes Early Lead Against Kalamazoo Before Falling to Hornets 6-3
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Mitch Blankespoor
The Calvin men’s tennis team headed into Wednesday’s matchup with the Kalamazoo Hornets with an undefeated MIAA conference record. They were aiming to pull off an upset against a Kalamazoo men’s tennis program that has won 72 consecutive MIAA titles. . The Knights fell to Kalamazoo 6-3, despite taking a 2-1 lead early in the match.
The doubles matches started off well for Calvin. Roland Eldridge and Preston Phillips were up 3-2 against Nate Eddy and Mark Denenfeld, but could not hold the lead and fell 8-4 at the first doubles flight. The second doubles team of Andrew DeVlieger and Phil Reinken got up an early break and held on to defeat Steve Hanselman and Clay Bartelt 8-6. Calvin finished off the doubles by winning at third doubles be a score of 8-4. Brian DeMaagd and Loukas Peterson defeated Alex Dornbos and Tom Cafmeyer.
Calvin took a 2-1 lead into singles play. Unfortunately for Calvin, singles is the huge strength of the Hornets. Nate Eddy defeated Andrew DeVlieger 6-3, 6-3 despite the Calvin senior playing well. Mark Denenfield defeated Roland Eldridge 6-1, 6-1. Brian DeMaagd fell to Alex Dombos 6-1, 6-1. Calvin kept themselves in the match with a win at fourth singles by Preston Phillips. He beat Tom Cafmeyer 6-3, 7-5. The Hornets clinched that match by winning 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 at fifth singles and 6-0, 6-2 at sixth singles.
“I thought we came out with fire and gave Kalamazoo a challenge right away,” said Calvin men’s tennis coach John Ross. “We knew we had to win two or three singles flights to have a chance to win the match because Kalamazoo’s strength is in its singles lineup.”
The loss moves Calvin to 10-7 on the season and 2-1 in the conference. The Knights will return to action when they face Trine on Saturday.