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Men’s Tennis Beats Hope 5-4, Advances to MIAA Tournament FInal

Thursday, May 03, 2012

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The Calvin men’s tennis team took on the Hope College Flying Dutchmen on Thursday afternoon.  For the second time in as many weeks, the two teams took to the Strikwerda Tennis Center courts.  This particular match was the MIAA Tournament semifinals.  The result, however, was the same.  The Knights defeated the Flying Dutchmen by the smallest of margins – 5-4.

The doubles matches went differently than the first tome around.  Juniors Preston Phillips and Phil Reinken avenged a loss and defeated Robert Cawood and Gabe Casher 8-3 at first doubles.  Brian DeMaagd and Loukus Peterson lost at 2nd doubles.  They were defeated by Kyle Kreps and Davis VanderVeen by a score of 8-3.  Calvin took the 2-1 lead as Jarrod Brower and Vashan Wright beat Parker Bussies and Matt Culver 8-6.

The singles flights got underway.  Each team had won three first sets.  Just like the previous match, rain swept it.  The match was delayed for roughly half an hour.  Once the two rivals took to the courts again, the five and six singles flights rapped up.  Jarrod Brower, who clinched the match in the previous meeting, won at five singles defeating Davis VanderVeen 6-1, 6-4.  Vashan Wright bowed out to Jon Panzer losing 6-1, 6-1 at six singles. 

First singles was the next match off the court.  Robert Cawood defeated Brain DeMaagd 6-2, 6-3.  Phil Reinken then defeated Gabe Casher 6-4, 6-1 at third singles.  Kyle Kreps avenged a loss in the previous meeting defeated Loukus Peterson 6-1, 6-4. 

This tied the match at 4-4 with only the second singles flight left.  Preston Phillips defeated Park Bussies 6-4, 7-5 in the most unusual way.  When the weather delay took effect, Phillips was ahead 6-4, 0-5.  Once he got back on the court, he won seven straight games to take the set and clinch the match for the Knights.

“He [Bussies] started to serve and volley in the second set.  I was expending more energy and not getting much out of it.  I used the rain delay to my advantage and regrouped and just played smarter,” Phillips reflected.

“During the rain delay, I told him to hold serve and beat him in the third set,” laughed Calvin head coach John Ross said.  “He didn’t listen, but it worked out for us in the end.”

This earns Calvin a matchup against the Kalamazoo Hornets, a team the Knights have never beaten, in the MIAA Tournament Championship.  The match will be played at 4pm at Kalamazoo’s Stowe Tennis Stadium.

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