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Women’s Tennis Defeats Kalamazoo - Moves Into National Rankings

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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KALAMAZOO—On a day that the Calvin women’s tennis team moved into the ITA Division III national rankings, the Knights also picked up an 8-1 victory over Kalamazoo College. Calvin’s victory over Kalamazoo on Tuesday allowed the Knights to improve to 13-2 overall and to 6-0 in MIAA dual match play. Calvin also cracked the national rankings for the first time this spring as the Knights are ranked 30th in the most recent ITA Division III National poll released today.

Calvin grabbed the first eight points of the match, sweeping all three doubles points and then winning the first five singles flights.

Calvin’s doubles victories came from juniors Melissa Oosterhouse (Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Kaitlin Spoelhof (Holland Christian HS) at No. 1 doubles; seniors Rachel Strikwerda (Holland Christian HS) and Jill VanVeen (Grand Rapids Christian HS) at No. 2 doubles and seniors Rachel DeGroot (Lombard, IL) and Elisabeth Geenen (Holland Christian HS) at No. 3 doubles.

In singles play, Oosterhouse moved to 17-1 on the season with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles. Spoelhof improved to 10-6 on the season with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles and Geenen moved to 14-3 with a 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles. In addition, Strikwerda improved to 13-2 with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles and junior Michelle Busscher (Western Michigan Christian HS) moved to 11-4 with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles.

Calvin returns to action on Friday when it competes against Grand Valley State University at 3:30 p.m. in Allendale.

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