Women’s Tennis Defeated by Saint Mary’s 5-4
Monday, April 18, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Mitch Blankespoor
The Calvin women’s tennis team played host to the Saint Mary’s Belles on Monday afternoon. The match was played inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center due to weather. The Saint Mary Belle’s game into Grand Rapids and defeated the Knights 5-4 in a hotly contested match.
The doubles matches start off well for Calvin. Seniors Melissa Oosterhouse and Katelyn Spoelhof defeated Jillian Hurley and Margret Boden 8-1. The Belle’s bounced back to take second and third doubles by scores of 8-5 and 8-6 respectively. Jessica Kosinski and MC Fuller defeated Michelle Busscher and Elise Doezema at second doubles. Rranca Peluso and MT Lee beat Laruen Schlagerhauf and Bethany Zoerhof 8-6.
The singles storyline was much the same. The Knights started out strong. Melissa Oosterhouse beat Jillian Hurley 6-2, 6-1 at first singles. Kaitlyn Spoelhof defeated Jessica Kosinski 6-0, 6-1 at second singles, and Michelle Busscher beat MC Fuller at third singles.
“I had never played Jessica before, but I remember her from years past,” Calvin Spoelhof said after the match. “ I knew I needed to play smart and stay composed.”
Saint Mary’s won the final three singles matches to clinch the overall match. The clinching match was at sixth singles. MT Lee beat Elise Doezema 6-1, 7-5.
The loss drops the Knights to 4-3 in the conference and 7-9 overall. They will be back in action on Wednesday when they play host to Grand Valley State.