Men’s Tennis Defeats Albion to Finish Third in MIAA - Gains Third Seed for MIAA Tournament
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
(written by sports information student assistant Mitch Blankespoor)
Grand Rapids –Calvin’s men’s tennis team took on the Albion Britons on Tuesday afternoon in search of a 3rd place finish in the MIAA. The Knights defeated the Britons 6-3 to clinch the third seed in this weekend’s MIAA tournament and an opening round matchup with the Alma Scots.
Third doubles were the first flight off of the court. Dave and Blake Tucker beat sophomore Jon Goorhouse (Holland Christian) and junior Andrew DeVlieger (Northpointe Christian) 8-5 to give the Britons a 1-0 lead. Calvin leveled the score at one. The second doubles team of Andrew Rescorla and Brian DeMaagd (Calvin Christian) beat Brent Parshall and Johnny Vinson 8-4. First doubles was a tight match the whole way, but Calvin prevailed 8-6. Preston Phillips and Roland Eldridge defeated Ben Miller and Danny Frank.
“Both Roland and I have steady serves. We look to break early and hold onto that break. We needed a better return of serve in this match,” freshmen Preston Phillips said after the match.
Entering singles play, Calvin needed three of the five singles matches to clinch. Preston Phillips was the first off the court defeating Brent Parshall winning the third singles flight 6-3, 6-2. Albion won the first singles flight next as Ben Miller defeated Andrew DeVlieger 6-1, 6-2. Calvin won at fifth singles 6-1, 7-6(2) as Brian DeMaagd beat Johnny Vinson. Albion answered again winning 6th singles as Chris Tapping defeated Phil Reinkin 6-4, 6-4.
There were two matches left on court, and Calvin needed one of the two to clinch the match. Calvin’s lone senior Andrew Rescorla defeated Tucker Blake 6-4, 7-5 at fourth singles in his last match at Strikwerda tennis center. Roland Eldridge defeated Danny Frank at second singles 7-5, 3-6, 10-6.
“I was disappointed that we did not come out with much energy in the doubles matches. This could be attributed to the academic advising break. It wasn’t pretty, but we got it done,” said Calvin head men’s tennis coach John Ross.
Calvin will play Alma on Friday in the first round of the MIAA Tournament at Kalamazoo College.