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Women’s tennis begins 2013 campaign with 9-0 win against Cornerstone

Friday, February 15, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Calvin College women’s tennis season began Friday afternoon as the Knights took on the Golden Eagles from Cornerstone.  Calvin notched a 9-0 victory, and starts off its 2013 campaign with a victory.

“It’s always nice to start a season of with a win,” Calvin head coach Jerry Bergsma said after the match.

Calvin swept through the doubles matches winning all three in convincing fashion.  The first doubles flight of sophomores Megan Visser (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian) and Samantha Reitsma (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian) won their pro-set 8-0 over Heidi Boesl (Coos Bay, Ore./Marshfield) and Janie Silvers (Cadillac/Cadillac HS). 

Calvin senior Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) and junior Bethany Zoerhof (Holland/Holland Christian) defeated Cornerstone’s Ashley Greene (Rockford/Rockford HS) and Allison Rusticus (Byron Center/Byron Center HS) 8-2 in the second doubles flight.

Another pair of Calvin sophomores, Ali Roode (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) and Courtney Selvius (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) defeated Hannah Guest (LaGrange, Ky./Oldham Country) and Allison Cook 8-3 in the third doubles matchup.

“We are blessed to have experienced sophomores this season,” Bergsma said.  “Most of them were in the lineup last season, and have only improved since then.”

Calvin continued its wave of momentum into the singles portion of the match.  Three of the six matches, first singles, fifth singles and sixth singles, were all won by Calvin without yielding a game in either set.  Visser defeated Boesl at first singles, Doezema defeated Guest and fifth singles and Selvius defeated Cook at sixth singles.

The other three singles matches were also won by the Knights, but Cornerstone showed some fight.  Roode won her second singles flight over Silvers 6-2, 6-1.  Zoerhof won at third singles over Rusticus by scores of 6-1, 6-3.  Reitsma won the fourth singles flight over Greene 6-1, 6-2.

“It feels great to start playing again,” Bergsma said.  “The girls are getting annoyed with playing each other every day in practice.  It’s refreshing to see a new face across the net.”

Calvin’s next match is scheduled for Feb. 22, against Wheaton.  The Knights will travel down to Wheaton for a match slated to start at 7:00 p.m. EST.

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