Men’s tennis earns shares of MIAA title with 7-2 win at Albion
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
ALBION, MI - The Calvin College men’s tennis team clinched a share of the MIAA conference championship for the first time in school history Fri. with a 7-2 win at Albion. The Knights improve to 14-4 on the season and a perfect 6-0 in the MIAA.
Calvin jumped out to an early lead in the match, winning all three doubles flights. The top two flights, however, were hotly contested.
Calvin seniors Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley) and Phil Reinken (Morton, IL/Morton HS) pulled out a 9-8 (7-5) victory over Albion senior Tucker Blake (Bloomfield Hills/Birmingham Seaholm) and freshmen Eric Guidini (Plymouth/Detroit Catholic Central) at first doubles.
Calvin senior Brian DeMaagd (Grandville/Calvin Christian) and junior Loukus Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood HS) defeated the Albion second doubles team of freshman Jonathan Gurnee (Midland/Dow) and sophomore Aaron Stanley (Flint/Carman-Ainsworth) 9-7.
Calvin won the third doubles flight without much resistance. Senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian) and junior John Strikwerda (Holland/Holland Christian) defeated junior Steve Nawrocki (Lake Orion/Lake Orion HS) and Will Pearl 8-3.
The Knights needed just three of the six singles flights to clinch a share of their first MIAA title in program history. The Knights did that and more, winning four singles matches.
DeMaagd won a 7-6(5), 6-0 match over Gurnee at first singles. Peterson defeated Stanley 6-1, 6-1 at fourth singles. Jarrod Brower took care of Ross Kynast (Highland/International Academy) 6-3, 7-5 at fifth singles. Sophomore Tom Griffin (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian) defeated Pearl 6-3, 6-1 at sixth singles.
“Our seniors worked really hard all summer and have been really determined this year,” said Calvin head coach John Ross on clinching a share of the conference championship. “We are excited, but realize we have a lot of work to do yet.”
Calvin travels to Holland to face the Flying Dutchmen of Hope College on Apr. 23. Calvin clinches the top seed in the MIAA Tournament and an outright conference title with a win. The match is slated to start at 3:00 p.m.