Calvin Women’s Tennis Team Opens Play at Strikwerda Courts With 8-1 Win Over Olivet
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The first-ever tennis match on the newly refurbished Strikwerda Tennis Courts took place on Wednesday and the regionally-ranked Calvin women’s tennis team came away with an 8-1 victory over the visiting Comets of Olivet. Wednesday’s match served as the MIAA opener for both teams.
It also served as the first match on the refurbished outdoor tennis courts at Calvin now called Strikwerda Tennis Courts in honor of Calvin alumns Jim and Dolly Strikwerda.
Granddaughter Rachel Strikwerda (Holland Christian HS) helped inaugurate the courts with a win at No. 4 singles for Calvin and a win along with teammate Jill Van Veen (Grand Rapids Christian HS) at No. 2 doubles.
Ranked 13th in the most recent set of ITA Division III Regional rankings, Calvin also received singles victories from junior Melissa Oosterhouse (Grand Rapids Christian HS) at No. 1 singles, junior Kaitlin Spoelhof (Holland Christian HS) at No. 2 singles, senior Elisabeth Geenen (Holland Christian HS) at No. 3 singles, junior Michelle Busscher (Western Michigan Christian HS) at No. 5 singles, Oosterhouse and Spoelhof at No. 1 doubles and Geenen and senior Rachel DeGroot (Lombard, IL) at No. 3 doubles.
The match on the royal blue courts was also played under blue skies and weather temperatures hovering in the high 60’s. “It was a great day to be outdoors. We feel very blessed,” said Calvin women’s tennis coach Jerry Bergsma. “We also feel very blessed to have the facilities that we now have for tennis, both indoors (Huizenga Tennis and Track Center) and outdoors (Strikwerda Tennis Courts). We are very grateful for these gifts.”
Calvin is now 4-1 overall and is scheduled to return to action on Saturday when it faces UW-Stevens Point at 4:30 p.m. in Orlando, Florida.