Calvin Women’s Tennis Team To Face Baldwin-Wallace in First Round NCAA III Tourney Match in Chicago
Monday, May 10, 2010
The Calvin women’s tennis team will head to the Windy City to compete in a six-team NCAA III regional hosted by the University of Chicago later this week. Calvin (17-3) will face Baldwin-Wallace (18-7) in a first round NCAA III Tournament match on Thursday in Chicago. The winner of Thursday’s first round match will face Washington University of St. Louis (13-5), ranked 21st nationally. Ranked third nationally, Chicago (20-3) will face the winner of a first-round match between Webster (11-4) and Grove City (11-2). The Webster/Grove City match like the Calvin/Baldwin-Wallace match will take place on May 13 with second round play second for May 14 and third round (regional finals) action slated for May 15.
Calvin will be making its first appearance in the NCAA III Tournament. Calvin gained an automatic bid to the tournament by winning the MIAA Tournament title on May 1, defeating rival Hope 6-3 in the tournament finals. Calvin also captured the MIAA regular season title with an 8-0 conference record.
Baldwin-Wallace advanced in similar fashion, winning the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Tournament title, defeating Otterbein 5-4 in the OAC Tournament final. Baldwin-Wallace also captured the OAC regular season title with a 9-0 conference record.
Baldwin-Wallace is making its third NCAA III Tournament appearance in the last four years. In 2007, the Yellow Jackets met MIAA opponent Albion and defeated the Britons 5-4.
Calvin will be facing an OAC opponent for the first time since the 2007 season when the Knights defeated Otterbein 7-2 in a non-conference regular season match.
Calvin has five players this spring who have hit double-digits in victories in singles play led by No. 1 singles player Melissa Oosterhouse who is 23-1. Junior Kaitlin Spoelhof is 15-7 at No. 2 singles, senior Elisabeth Geenen 19-4 at No. 3 singles, senior Rachel Strikwerda 18-3 at No. 4 singles and junior Michelle Busscher 16-5 at No. 5 singles.
Starting times for the regional matches at the University of Chicago will be announced on Tuesday.