Oosterhouse Advances to Round of 16 at NCAA III Singles Tournament - Qualifies For ITA Honors
Friday, May 27, 2011
CLAREMONT, CA - Calvin College senior Melissa Oosterhouse closed out her collegiate tennis career in strong fashion, advancing to the Round of 16 at the NCAA III Singles Tournament before bowing to fifth-seeded Kristin Alotta of Williams College 6-2, 6-2. Oosterhouse advanced to the Round of 16 with an impressive 7-5, 6-3 win over Thavindra Ekanayake of Trinity University of Texas in the first round. With her first round victory over Ekanayake, Oosterhouse qualifies for ITA Division III All-America honors. She is the first individual in Calvin women’s tennis history to do so. Oosterhouse was one of 32 individuals competing at the NCAA III Singles Tournament at Claremont-Mudd Scripps College.
“I am extremely proud of the way Melissa played today and represented Calvin College,” said Calvin women’s tennis coach Jerry Bergsma. “She faced a very tough opponent in the first round who had picked up All-America honors a year ago. Melissa fought through a difficult first set and gained the momentum as the match progressed. She also played gamely in her second match of the day against a high-quality opponent. To be one of the top 16 players at this tournament is something she can be very proud of.”
Alotta has been the number-one singles player for Williams College this spring. On Thursday, Williams captured its fourth consecutive national team title.
Oosterhouse is the first Calvin women’s tennis player to pick up a victory at the NCAA III Singles Tournament.She concludes her season with an 19-2 singles record and a career singles mark of 78-14. She is the all-time Calvin women’s tennis leader in singles victories.