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Men’s tennis falls to Kalamazoo 6-1 in MIAA Tournament Finals

Friday, May 03, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Calvin men’s tennis team saw its season come to an end Fri., May 3 at Stowe Tennis Stadium.  For the third consecutive year, the Knights fell to the Hornets of Kalamazoo in the MIAA Tournament final. 

Kalamazoo was eager for revenge.  On Apr. 3, the Knights defeated the Hornets 6-3 for the first time in program history.  This day, however, would belong to Kalamazoo.  The Hornets took two of three doubles flights.

Peter Rothstein and Steve Hanselman defeated Preston Phillips and Phil Reinken 8-4 at first doubles.  Calvin seniors Brian DeMaagd and junior Loukas Peterson defeated Alan Faber and David DeSimone 8-3 at second doubles.  The Hornets took the lead when Robert Hudson and Mike Korn defeated John Strikwerda and Jarrod Brower 8-5 at third doubles.

Calvin needed to win four singles flights, but could not muster any.  DeMaagd fell to Rothstein 6-1, 6-4 at first singles.  Steve Hanselman defeated Phillips 6-4, 6-1 at second singles.

Phillips and Peterson fell at third and fourth singles respectively.  The match was played to decision. 

“The group of seniors we had this year took the program to places it has never been before,” Calvin head coach John Ross said after the match.  “All four of them were great players, leaders and young men.  They will be sorely missed.”

Calvin finishes its season at 13-6.  The Knights won their first conference championship in program history with a conference record of 5-1.

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