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Women’s tennis falls 5-0 at Hope in MIAA Tournament Semifinals

Thursday, May 02, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Calvin women’s tennis team saw its season come to an end Thursday, May 2, on the campus of Hope College.  The Knights fell 5-0 to the Flying Dutch in the MIAA Tournament semifinals. 

In a match played at Vande Poel-Herrings Stadium, Hope won all three doubles flights.  Calvin did put up a fight in two of the three flights, however.  Seniors Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian) and Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) fell to Melissa Bieri (Holland/Holland Christian) and Anna Garcia (Battle Creek/Lakeview) 8-6 at second doubles.

Calvin sophomores Samantha Reitsma (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian) and Ali Roode (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) were defeated by Stephanie Huffman (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Eastern) and Andrea Pickelman (Marshall/Marshall) 8-5 at third doubles.

Hope needed to win only two singles flights to clinch the match.  The Flying Dutch won the first two matches off the courts.  Casey Baxter (Saline/Saline) defeated Ipema 6-1, 6-1 at second singles.  Leah LaBarge (Hudsonville/Hudsonville) defeated Calvin junior Bethany Zoerhof (Holland/Holland Christian) 6-2, 6-1 at fourth singles.  The match was played to decision.

“We got off to a slow start in doubles, and fought back only to lose close matches at second and third doubles,” said Calvin head coach Jerry Bergsma.  “Jordan [Ipema] and Elise [Doezema] have been excellent student-athletes who have shown consistent improvement all four years.  They leadership was valued highly in our program.”

Calvin finishes its season with a 6-11 record including a 4-4 mark in MIAA regular season play.

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