Men’s Tennis Claims Second Place in MIAA With Win at Rival Hope
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
HOLLAND - The Calvin men’s tennis team picked up an all-important 8-1 victory at rival Hope Tuesday afternoon to finish second in the final MIAA regular season standings and also gain the second seed for the upcoming MIAA Tournament. The Knights finish the MIAA regular season 5-1, one win ahead of 4-2 Hope. The Knights are also now 14-7 overall heading into the MIAA Tournament.
Tuesday’s match was played indoors at Hope’s DeWitt Tennis Center as rain showers swept through West Michigan throughout the day. Tuesday’s match was much closer than what the final outscore would indicate as three of the six singles matches featured 7-6 tie-breaking sets. In addition, Calvin picked up a 9-8 win at No. 3 doubles behind the play of sophomore Brian DeMaagd and freshman Loukas Peterson.
The win at No. 3 doubles was one of three doubles victories for the Knights as senior Andrew DeVlieger and sophomore Philip Reinken picked up an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles while senior Roland Eldridge and sophomore Preston Phillips won 8-6 at No. 1 doubles.
In singles play, DeVlieger recorded a hard-fought 7-6, 7-6 win at No. 1 singles while Eldridge was a 6-2, 6-0 winner at No. 2 singles. DeMaagd was triumphant 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles while Phillips was a 6-3, 6-4 winner at No. 4 singles. Reinken also pulled out a 7-6, 7-6 win at No. 6 singles.
Calvin head coach John Ross is now 6-4 lifetime against Hope. Phillips is now 14-4 overall and has an 11-match win streak in singles play. Reinken is now 12-2 and owns a nine-match win streak in singles action.
Calvin will open MIAA Tournament play on Friday against Adrian in a first round tournament match. Albion will host the MIAA Tournament this Friday and Saturday.