Men’s Tennis Defeats Alma in MIAA Dual Match
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Story By Sports Information Student Assistant Mitch Blankespoor
Photo by Sandy Palmatter
The Calvin’s men’s tennis team welcomed the Alma Scots to Grand Rapids on Tuesday afternoon for their MIAA conference tennis match. The Knights defeated Alma by a score of 8-1 to improve to 2-0 in the MIAA.
Because of weather, the match could not be played outside at Strikwerda Tennis Center. Instead, the match was played inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center.
“We really wanted to play outside”, Calvin head men’s tennis coach John Ross said. “But we adjusted and got the job done indoors.”
The Knights started off the match on a great note sweeping all three doubles flights. Roland Eldridge and Preston Phillips beat Kace Lovejoy and Logan Beard 8-1 at first doubles. Brian DeMaagd and Loukas Peterson defeated Zack Kerr and Josh Gove 8-2. Jarrod Brower and John Strikwerda beat Gordon Rumschlag and Hark Hotz 8-6.
The singles competition was much more straightforward. The first two matches off the court were at the first and third flights. The Knights won both, and secured that match then. Andrew DeVlieger beat Kace Lovejoy 6-2, 6-3. Brian DeMaagd defeated Zach Kerr 6-0, 6-2. Calvin won three out of the next four matches. The lone Alma point came from Josh Gove defeating Roland Eldridge 6-3, 7-5.
“It was good for us to win indoors on a slower surface. This win will give us some confidence moving forward,” Ross commented after the match.
Calvin will host Davenport University Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.
The Knights will then take on Ohio Wesleyan at 9:00 a.m. on Friday in a first round match of the GLCA Tournament hosted by Albion College.