Mar 03, 2018
Calvin closed out a weekend trip with a pair of non-conference victories, defeating Lakeland 9-0 and Lake Forest 5-4.
Calvin (5-1) opened the day with a win over Lakeland Saturday morning in Kohler, Wisconsin. The Knights rolled through doubles play as junior Jose Larrea (Caracas, Venezuela/U.E. Colegio San Jose) and freshman Max Stallings (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich./Grosse Pointe North HS) won 8-0. Sophomore Cobe Benzel (San Dimas, Ca./San Dimas HS) and junior Charlie Fahr (Milwaukee, Wisc./Toas East HS) won 8-1 at No. 2 doubles and sophomore Tyrus Tsai (Glenbrook, Il./Glenbrook South HS) and freshman Avery Holt (Aurora, Il./Matea Valley HS) won 8-1 at No. 3 doubles.
Fahr continued the run in singles action, winning 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Holt was a 6-0, 6-1 victor at No. 2 singles.
Tsai won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles and Benzel came up on top 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.
Senior David Brown (Lake Zurich, Il./Lake Zurich HS) won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles and junior Jason Wolters (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6 singles.
The Knights then traveled to Lake Bluff, Illinois, for a Saturday night match against host Lake Forest.
Calvin prevailed 5-4 in dramatic fashion.
Calvin took an early lead, winning two of the three doubles points. Brown and sophomore Rodridgo Castellanos Vaca Guzman (Tarija, Bolivia/Felipe Palazon HS) won 8-6 at No. 2 doubles. Larrea and Stallings won 8-3 at No. 3 doubles.
Lake Forest roared back by claiming wins at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 singles but the bottom half of the Knight lineup hung tough. Larrea was a 7-5, 6-2 winner at No. 4 singles. Stallings was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at No. 6 singles.
Wolters however provided the clinching victory, winning 2-6, 6-1, 12-10 (tiebreaker) at No. 5 singles to give Calvin the dramatic win.
"It was a good three-day trip," said Calvin men's tennis coach John Ross. "We came up with four victories but more importantly we spent quality time together as a team. That will pay dividends moving forward. I am very pleased with our team this weekend."
Calvin returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Illinois Tech at 5 p.m. inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center.