HOLLAND, Mich. - Calvin battled gamely but fell 5-1 in the MIAA Tournament semifinals Thursday afternoon at Hope College. The match was played inside the DeWitt Tennis Center due to rainy conditions throughout West Michigan.
Hope took a 2-1 lead through doubles play. Senior Charlie Fahr (Milwaukee, Wisc./Wauwatosa East HS) and junior Cobe Benzel (San Dimas, Ca./San Dimas HS) defeating Carter Smiley and David Bacon 8-6 at No. 3 doubles. Junior Jose Larrea (Caracas, Venezuela/U.E. Colegio San Jose) and sophomore Max Stallings (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich./Grosse Pointe North HS) dropped a tight 8-5 decision to Mark VanderStoep and Danny Kroeze. Senior Jason Wolters (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) and freshman Konner Shapiro (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South HS) fell to Tim Roe and Michael Kiley 8-2 at No. 2 doubles.
Kroeze defeated Shapiro 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4 singles to put Hope up 3-1. Kiley defeated Wolters 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles to make the score 4-1. The clinching point came at No. 5 singles with Christian Rhoades defeating freshman Brandon Johnson (Midland, Mich./Midland HS) 6-1, 6-3. Larrea led VanderStoep at No. 1 singles 6-4, 4-3 when the match was haulted by decision. Roe was up on Stallings 6-1, 5-5 at No. 2 singles. Alec Berrodin was ahead of junior Owen Brookhouse (Whitinsville, Mass./Whitinsville Christian HS) 7-6, 1-0 at No. 6 singles.
COACHES COMMENT: "We played with a lot of heart and fight today but Hope was just too talented," said Calvin men's tennis coach John Ross. "I'm proud of our guys and our season. We will miss Jason and Charlie next year but we are excited to have eight players back for next season with a lot of playing experience."