Women’s tennis falls to Kalamazoo 7-2
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - A week after the Calvin men’s tennis team defeated the Hornets of Kalamazoo for the first time in school history, the women’s tennis team faced off against the Hornets. Because of rainy and wet weather conditions, the match was played inside the Huizinga Track and Tennis Center. The Knights were able to win the third doubles fight as well as sixth singles, but fell to Kalamazoo 7-2 overall.
Calvin sophomores Ali Roode (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) and Samantha Reitsma (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian) defeated Kelsey Moran (Grand Blanc/Grand Blanc HS) and Cheryl Zhang (Ada/Forest Hills Eastern) 8-6 at third doubles. Seniors Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian) and Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) fell to Jenna Riehl (St. Joseph/St. Joseph HS) and Anna Latala (Grosse Ile/Grosse Ile HS) 9-7 at second doubles.
“Ali [Roode] and Sam [Reitsma] have been playing really well recently,” Calvin head coach Jerry Bergsma said after the match. “They have come close before, but kept falling a little short. They fell behind today, but were able to battle back and win the flight.”
The top four singles flights were all competitive, but the Hornets won each in straight sets without surrendering more than four games in any set. Reitsma fell to Olivia Bouchard (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard South) 2-6, 6-3, 10-7 at fifth singles.
Doezema came up with Calvin’s lone singles point. She lost the first set in a tiebreak, but came back to win the next two - defeating Zhang 6-7(2), 7-5, 10-1 at six singles.
“It would have been easy for Elise [Doezema] to pack it in after losing the first set tiebreak,” Bergsma said. “She fought from behind, and came back to win the third set.”
Calvin falls to 2-12 on the season and 0-4 in MIAA play. The Knights return to action Sat., Apr. 13, when they host the Bulldogs of Adrian College. The match is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start.