Women’s tennis remains in MIAA Tournament hunt with 5-4 win over Saint Mary’s
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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.