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Men’s Tennis Takes Third at MIAA Tournament With Dramatic Come-From-Behind 5-4 Win Over Albion

Saturday, May 01, 2010

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(written by sports information student assistant Mitch Blankespoor)

KALAMAZOO – Calvin’s men’s tennis team took to the courts one final time this season.  After a 5-3 defeat at the hands of rival Hope Friday afternoon, the Knights found themselves in the third place match versus the Albion Britons; a team Calvin had defeated 6-3 at Strikwerda Tennis Center earlier this season.  On Saturday, the Knights prevailed, defeating the Britons 5-4 in dramatic fashion to claim third place in the MIAA Tournament.

The doubles matches started out very well for Calvin.  Each team opened up the eight game pro set with breaks.  The third doubles team of Andrew DeVlieger (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian) and Jon Goorhouse (Holland/Holland Christian) won 8-6 defeating Tucker and Dave Blake.  The second doubles team of Andrew Rescorla (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville Community HS) and Brian DeMaagd (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) found themselves in a 0-40 hole with DeMaagd serving tied at six all.  Calvin’s doubles team fought off triple break point and broke the next game to beat the Briton team of Brent Parshall and Johnny Vinson 8-6.  Just after Rescorla and DeMaagd got off the court, the first doubles matchup was going into a tiebreak.  Preston Phillips and Roland Eldridge were up a break early in the pro set, lost that break, and then broke back to force this tiebreaker.  The Briton team of Ben Miller and Danny Frank pulled out the pro set 9-8 (3). 

Because of Mother Nature, the matches were played indoors on only four courts.  The first four singles spots played while the fifth and sixth singles flights had to sit and wait.  The first four matches proved to be the Knights downfall.  Albion’s Ben Miller, who was later named the All MIAA 1st team, beat Andrew DeVlieger 6-1, 6-2.  Roland Eldridge fell to Danny Frank 6-1, 6-3.  Brent Parshall beat freshman Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley HS) 6-4, 7-6 (6).  The lone win from the first four flights came from lone senior Andrew Rescorla who beat Tucker Blake 6-2, 6-4 to finish out a brilliant college career.

The fifth and six singles flights took to the court with Calvin down 4-3.  The Knights needed both matches to win.  Brian DeMaagd beat Johnny Vinson 6-1, 6-1.  Vinson switched racquets during that match because his normal racquet had a cracked frame.  Freshman Phil Reinkin (Morton, IL/Morton HS) then pulled out one of the best matches of the season defeating Chris Topping 0-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4. This gave Calvin the win 5-4.

“I knew I could beat him after I won that tiebreak” Reinkin said after the match.

Calvin head coach John Ross was thrilled with the win after the match.  “It was a great way to end the season,” said Ross.  “The freshmen pulled through for us at the end winning two must win matches.  We got about all we can out of these guys losing our top four players from last year’s team.”

This win puts Calvin 15-9 to end the season, avoiding the double-digit loss total.  Roland Eldridge and Andrew DeVlieger received second team all MIAA honors.

“I thought we represented Calvin and Matt (DeVlieger) very well this season.  He is proud of the way we played,” Calvin first singles Andrew DeVlieger said.

In the championship final, Kalamazoo defeated Hope 5-0 to earn the MIAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament.

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