Women’s tennis falls 5-0 at Hope in MIAA Tournament Semifinals
Thursday, May 02, 2013
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.