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Melissa Oosterhouse Named MIAA’s Most Valuable Player in Women’s Tennis

Saturday, April 30, 2011

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For the second straight year, Calvin College senior Melissa Oosterhouse has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player in women’s tennis. A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Oosterhouse recently completed an MIAA career that saw her go 29-3 against league foes at No. 1 singles. This year, she posted an 8-0 record in MIAA dual match competition while also combining with senior Kaitlin Spoelhof to record an 8-0 record against league teams in doubles play.

At the MIAA Tournament this weekend, Oosterhouse also posted singles victories in tournament matches against Saint Mary’s and Adrian. In addition, Oosterhouse has been named the recipient of the MIAA’s Karen Caine Scholar-Athlete Award. The annual award is given each year to an MIAA women’s tennis player in honor of former Adrian College women’s tennis coach Karen Caine. Oosterhouse is the second individual from Calvin to receive the award as Calvin’s Rachel Strikwerda was so honored in 2010.

Oosterhouse has also been named to the All-MIAA first team for the fourth consecutive year. Along with Albion’s Shelly Zamler (also a four-time All-MIAA pick as of this year), Oosterhouse is one of 13 individuals in MIAA women’s tennis history to earn first team All-MIAA accolades four straight years. She is just the second from Calvin to do so as Allison DeWys was a four-time first team All-MIAA selection from 1995-to-1998.

Oosterhouse is joined on the All-MIAA first team from Calvin by senior Kaitlin Spoelhof. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Spoelhof is receiving first team All-MIAA honors for the third straight year. Over the course of her Calvin career, she was 25-7 in singles play in MIAA dual matches. She was 7-1 in league dual matches this year while playing at No. 2 singles. She also posted singles wins against Saint Mary’s and Adrian this weekend at the MIAA Tournament. Her mother - Jan Boerema-Spoelhof - was a first team All-MIAA selection in 1983 and 1984.

Calvin senior Michelle Busscher has also been named to the All-MIAA second team. A native of Whitehall and a graduate of Muskegon Western Michigan Christian High School, Busscher was 7-1 at No. 3 singles this year in MIAA dual matches. She also went 2-0 in singles play this weekend at the MIAA Tournament. Over the course of her collegiate career, she was 26-5 in singles action in MIAA dual match competition.

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