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Women’s tennis remains in MIAA Tournament hunt with 5-4 win over Saint Mary’s

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Calvin women’s tennis team kept its MIAA Tournament hopes alive Wed. afternoon with a thrilling 5-4 come from behind victory over the Belles of Saint Mary’s College.  Calvin finishes its regular season with a 6-10 record and a 4-4 mark in MIAA play.

The Belles won the top two doubles flights, and took a 2-1 lead into singles play.  Mary Catherine Faller (Green Bay, WI/Notre Dame Academy) and Kayle Sexton (South Bend, IN/St. Joseph) defeated the Calvin first doubles team of junior Bethany Zoerhof (Holland/Holland Christian) and sophomore Megan Visser (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian) 8-4.  Calvin seniors Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) and Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian) dropped an 8-6 decision at second doubles to Audrey Kiefer (Hinsdale, IL/Fenwick) and Shannon Elliott (Plymouth, IN/Plymouth HS).

Calvin’s lone victory in doubles came at the third doubles flights.  Sophomores Ali Roode (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) and Samantha Reitsma (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian) defeated Jackie Kjolhede (Novi/Northville) and Katie Nickol (Indianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard) 8-6.

The first singles flight to finish was second singles.  Sexton defeated Ipema 6-2, 6-2.  The Knights trailed 3-1, and needed to win four of the five remaining singles flights to win the match.

Third singles finished next.  Roode defeated Elloitt in straight sets by scores of 6-3, 6-0.  Zoerhof tied the match at 3-3 shortly after with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Keifer at fourth singles.  Doezema pushed the Belles to the brink of defeat with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Nickol at fifth singles.

The match-clinching flight was first singles.  Visser pulled out a three set victory over Faller by scores of 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.

Calvin needs a Kalamazoo win over Saint Mary’s Sat. to earn the fourth and final seed in the MIAA Tournament.  If the Belles defeat the Hornets, Saint Mary’s will earn the fourth seed. 

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