Women’s Tennis Edged by Nationally-Ranked Grand Valley State on Senior Day
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Mitch Blankespoor
The Calvin women’s tennis team played host to the undefeated Grand Valley State Lakers on Wednesday afternoon. The game was played inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center due to weather.
This was a special day for three Calvin seniors. Wednesday marked the last time that Melissa Oosterhouse, Kaitlyn Spoelhof, and Michelle Busscher would play a match in a Calvin uniform in Grand Rapids.
“These seniors have given a lot to this program” Calvin head coach Jerry Bergsma said after the match. It has been an honor to coach them.
These three seniors would prove to be very helpful to the Knights. Calvin lost the match 5-4 to the Lakers, ranked 16th nationally in NCAA Division II tennis, and it was only fitting that the seniors scored the only four points for the Knights.
Grand Valley took two of the three doubles flights. The lone Knights point came at first doubles where Oosterhouse and Spoelhof defeated Chelsea Johnston and Darylann Troit 8-3.
The singles matches were split. Calvin took the top three while falling at the fourth, fifth, and sixth flights. Melissa Oosterhouse beat Tana Hayes 6-1, 6-1 at first singles. The most thrilling match was at second singles. Katie Spoelhof outlasted Niki Shipmen 7-6(0), 2-6, 6-3 in a match that lasted about two and a half hours. Michelle Busscher beat Chelsea Johnson 6-2, 6-4.
Grand Valley State bounced back to win 7-5, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-3 at fourth and fifth singles. This knotted the score at four. Jackie Shipmen closed out the match and beat Elise Doezema 6-4, 6-4.
“I almost expect them (the seniors) to play great every game” Bergsma said. To actually see it is a great. I couldn’t be happier for them.”
The Knights will close out the conference season against the Scots of Alma next week.