Women’s Tennis Closes Out Regular Season With 7-2 Win Over Trine
Saturday, April 28, 2012
By Mark DeHaan
With fourth place in the MIAA all wrapped up for the conference tournament, the Knights looked to finish off their regular season with a win as they hosted Trine Saturday afternoon at the Huizenga Tennis & Track Center. Calvin did just that, defeating the visiting Thunder 7-2.
Calvin started off the afternoon in doubles play where it took an early 2-1 lead, earning wins in second and third doubles. In second doubles, sophomore Lauren Schlagenhauf (Fort Wayne, IN/Concordia Lutheran HS) and junior Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) won by a score of 8-3 while the third doubles team of sophomore Emily Swets (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) and sophomore Nicole Sheppard (Harbor Springs/Harbor Springs HS) won 8-5.
In singles play, Calvin won three out of its first four matches to take the win. Calvin won its first singles match at third singles as Ipema won 6-3, 6-1. Schlagenhauf then won the second singles match 6-4, 7-5. Playing at fifth singles, freshman Ali Roode (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) won 6-0, 6-2 to grab the clinching fifth point. Rounding out the Calvin victories was freshman Samantha Reitsma (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian HS) won 7-6, 6-3, while sophomore Bethany Zoerhof (Holland/Holland Christian HS) won sixth singles 6-1, 6-2.
The 7-2 win moves the Knights MIAA record to 5-3 and their overall record to 7-12. Calvin will now prepare for the MIAA Tournament where it will face first-seeded Hope, who is 8-0 in conference, in the opening round next week Thursday. The Knights lost their regular season match against Hope 8-1.
“We have a couple days to work on a few little things. We started out pretty well in our first match with Hope, we just know we have to tighten things up a little bit,” said Head Coach Jerry Bergsma. “There were a lot of questions coming into this year, with a lot of new people in the lineup. I think we responded very well to a tough start to the non-conference season and we built some confidence in this group – hopefully we can take that into Thursday and play our best.”