Men’s Tennis Finishes Up Competition in Calvin Flighted Tournament
Saturday, April 21, 2012
By Mitch Blankespoor/Photo by Sandy Palmatter
The Calvin men’s tennis team concluded play in its own Calvin Flighted Singles Invitational Saturday afternoon at Calvin’s Strikwerda Tennis Center and the Zandee Tennis Center at the Gainey Athletic Complex.
The Knights had players competing at every single flight. In the “A” singles flight, Calvin had a pair of Knights fall in the semifinals. Preston Phillips fell to Parker Bussies of Hope 6-3, 6-3 and Brian DeMaagd lost to Bobby Cawood 6-1, 6-1. This set up a consolation final fitting the two Calvin juniors against each other. The two elected not to play, and each shared third place.
Calvin junior Phil Reinken won the “B” singles flight despite struggling in the semi final match. He defeated Hope’s Kyle Kreps 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 10-7. The final match was much more straightforward. Rienken downed David Murray of Trine 7-5, 6-1.
Vashan Wright won the “C” singles flight for Calvin defeating Alma’s Ben Schippers 6-3, 6-1 before beating Cody Herbuck of Hope 7-5, 6-3 in the final.
Calvin freshmen John Strikwerda made a name for himself by winning the “D” singles flight. In the semifinal match, Strikwerda defeated Alma’s Phil Ryskamp 6-2, 6-0 and then Matt Culver of Hope in the final 6-4, 6-3.
“Our A singles players played hard this morning,” Calvin head coach John Ross said. “It just wasn’t their day.”
In the “A” doubles flight, four Calvin Knights played in the consolation final. Phillips and Reinken defeated DeMaagd and Peterson 8-5.
In the “B” singles flight, Vashan Wright and Jarrod Brower edged out Bussies and Culver of Hope 9-8(4) to win the flight.
“Our doubles teams played a good first round yesterday.” Ross commented. “It was nice to see Jarrod and Vashan win the “B” flight. Our doubles teams in the “A” flight ran into good Hope teams that we will have to face next week.”
Calvin will return to action when it plays host to rival Hope College Wednesday at Strikwerda Tennis Center.