Men’s tennis remains perfect in MIAA play with 9-0 victory over Adrian
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Calvin men’s tennis team won its fourth straight MIAA match with a 9-0 victory over Adrian in Wed. afternoon. The match was played inside Calvin’s Huizenga Track and Tennis Center because of rainy weather conditions. Calvin improves to 12-3 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in the MIAA.
Calvin won the top four single flights in convincing fashion. Senior Brian DeMaagd (Grandville/Calvin Christian) defeated Adrian freshman Jordan Verbauwhede (Whitelaw, WI/Lincoln) 6-1, 6-1 at first singles. Seniors Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley HS) and Phil Reinken (Morton, IL/Morton HS) won at second and third singles by scores of 6-3, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-0 respectively. The two engineering majors also teamed up to defeated Verbauwede and Michael Mertz (Farmington/North Farmington) 8-2 at first doubles.
Calvin junior Loukus Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood HS) defeated Cameron Hamilton (Mason/Mason HS) 6-2, 6-0 at fourth singles. The win was Peterson’s second of the day as him and DeMaagd defeated Hamilton and Alex Amos (Delton/Gull Lake) 8-2 at second doubles.
Holland Christian alums senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian) and junior John Strikwerda (Holland/Holland Christian) defeated Ryan Delacy (Novi/Detroit Catholic Central) and Spencer Georgetti (Sylvania, OH/Northview) 8-6 at third doubles. Brower also won a 7-5, 6-2 match at fifth singles defeating Amos.
The most contested match of the day was at the sixth singles flight. Sophomore Tom Griffin (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian) outlasted Troy Gargrave (Sterling Heights/Sterling Heights HS) 6-2, 4-6, 10-5.
Calvin, ranked regionally for the first time since 2008, is currently ranked 17th in the central region. The Knights return to action Thurs., Apr. 18, when it faces Davenport University for a non-conference match slated to start at 7:00 p.m. at the MVP Sportsplex.