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Calvin Tennis Teams/Players Receive ITA All-Academic Honors

Monday, August 17, 2009

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The Calvin men’s and women’s tennis teams have received the the prestigious All-Academic Team Award from the International Tennis Association (ITA). The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale).  The men’s team is doing so for the sixth straight year while the women’s team is doing so for the second straight season.

Led by ninth-year head coach Jerry Bergsma. The Calvin women’s tennis team posted a cumulative team GPA of 3.663.

Under the direction of sixth-year head coach John Ross, the Calvin men’s tennis team posted a cumulative team GPA of 3.238.

In addition, seven members of the Calvin women’s tennis team and four members of the Calvin women’s tennis team have received ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades. In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player needed to have been a varsity letter winner and posted a grade point average of at least a 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the recent 2008-09 academic year.

Receiving ITA Scholar-Athlete honors from the Calvin women’s tennis team are sophomore Abigal Belford (Batavia, IL/Batavia HS), junior Kelsey Bushhouse (Wheaton, IL/Wheaton North HS), sophomore Michelle Busscher (Whitehall/Western Michigan Christian HS). junior Rachel DeGroot (Lombard, IL/Timothy Christian HS), sophomore Melissa Oosterhouse (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), sophomore Kaitlin Spoelhof (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and junior Rachel Strikwerda (Holland/Holland Christian HS).

Receiving ITA Scholar-Athlete honors from the men’s tennis team are sophomore Matthew DeVlieger (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian HS), sophomore Roland Eldridge (Charlotte, NC/South Mecklenburg HS) and graduated seniors Nick Steenstra (Allendale/Unity Christian HS) and Andrew Rescorla (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville Community HS).

The Calvin women’s tennis team posted an overall dual match record of 13-8 this past spring. The Knights also finished in second place in the final MIAA standings.

The Calvin men’s tennis team posted an overall dual match record of 16-7 this past spring. The Knights also finished tied for second in the final MIAA standings.

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