Women’s Tennis Edged by Albion 5-4 in Epic Five-Hour Dual Match
Thursday, April 05, 2012
By Mitch Blankespoor
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Calvin College women’s tennis team dueled the Britons from Albion College long past sunset. The match was tied at 4-4 with only one flight, fourth singles, still on the court. With freshmen Samantha Reitsma holding a 3-2 advantage in the third set, the match was moved to nearby athletic club MVP. It was Sarah Towler that prevailed in the marathon match of over four hours winning the third set tiebreak 10-8.
“You can’t ask much more of Sam,” Calvin head coach Jerry Bergsma said. “She battled out there for over four hours and just came up a bit short.”
Despite having a very inexperienced team, Calvin pushed last season’s MIAA champions to the brink. Calvin took two of the three doubles flights via the tiebreak. A pair of freshmen, Megan Visser and Reitsma defeated Marissa Clouter and Irene Chen 9-8(3) in the first doubles matchup. Lauren Schlagenhoef and Jordan Ipema defeated Marissa Messenger and Leah Saurman 9-8(10) at third doubles. The Britons took second doubles as Katie Blomberg and Sarah Towler took down Elise Doezema and Bethany Zoerhof 8-3.
Calvin won their final two points at fifth and sixth singles. Doezema avenged her doubles loss defeating Messenger 6-4, 6-4. Freshmen Ali Roode beat Saurman handily 6-1, 6-3. Albion won the top three singles flights as well as the decisive fourth singles.
“I was impressed with our toughness today. The first doubles match was a good indicator of how we wanted to play today.” Bergsma commented.
The loss drops Calvin to 3-10 (1-2 MIAA) on the year. The Knights return to action when they take on the Comets of Olivet College April 10 at Strikweda Tennis Center.