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Women’s Tennis Closes Out Regular Season With 7-2 Win Over Trine

Saturday, April 28, 2012

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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.”

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