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Men’s Tennis Splits Matches at MIAA Tournament - To Face Albion in Third Place Match Saturday

Friday, April 30, 2010

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KALAMAZOO—The Calvin men’s tennis team split a pair of matches on Friday at the MIAA Tournament hosted by Kalamazoo, defeating Alma 5-0 in the first round and then falling to Hope 5-3 in the semifinals.

The Knights (14-9) will face Albion in the third place match on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Kalamazoo’s Stowe Stadium. If the case of rain, the match will be moved indoors to Kalamazoo’s Markin Tennis Center.

In the win over Alma, Calvin swept all three doubles points with junior Roland Eldridge (Charlotte, NC/South Mecklenburg HS) and freshman Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley HS) winning 8-2 at No. 1 doubles, senior Andrew Rescorla (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville Community HS) winning 8-1 at No. 2 doubles and junior Andrew DeVlieger (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian HS) and sophomore Jon Goorhouse (Holland/Holland Christian HS) winning 8-0 at No. 3 doubles.

Calvin then clinched the victory with Recorla picking up a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles and freshman Philip Reinken (Morton, IL/Morton HS) winning 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.

In the loss to Hope, Calvin fell behind 2-1 after doubles play with DeVlieger and Goorhouse winning 8-3 at No. 3 doubles. Hope picked up a key win at No. 1 doubles however, winning 9-8 over Eldridge and Phillips.

Hope then picked up wins at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5 singles. Calvin’s singles points came from Phillips with a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles and Reinken with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles.

Prior to the start of the tournament, all seven men’s tennis teams competing at the tournament donned royal blue t-shirts designed by Hope men’s tennis coach Steve Gorno that honored Calvin junior men’s tennis player Matt DeVlieger (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian HS). DeVlieger is currently continuing his rehabilitation from a December 2009 scuba diving accident that left him paralyzed from the waste down.

The T-shirts were designed by Gorno as a fundraiser with all proceeds going to the medical expenses that the DeVlieger family is incurring as Matt recovers.

The text on the back includes the words: “It is not the color of our uniform that defines us because, in the game of life, we are all on the same team. It is only in our capacity to love, the depth of our faith, and the magnitude of our commitment to others that we find the true measure of who we are.” The shirt was for sale on Thursday, April 29, at Johnny’s, Calvin’s on-campus coffee shop and continues to be available via Facebook at: Matt DeVlieger T-Shirt Facebook Page

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