Women’s Tennis Leaps Past Luther

Women’s Tennis Leaps Past Luther

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Calvin women's tennis team closed out spring break with a victory over Luther. The Norsewomen have nipped the Knights 5-4 the past two years, but this year the Knights came out on top 7-2. Calvin improves to 6-4 on the year and finishes the spring break schedule at 2-2.

"I am incredibly proud of the team," said head coach Kevin Van Haitsma. "Luther has beat us 5-4 the past few years, so it is nice to get the win this year. The ladies did a great job of sticking to the plan tonight and we are leaving Florida on a high note."

Luther struck first on Friday, winning at No. 1 doubles, 8-6.

Sophomore Anna Asfour (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) and senior Lark Foote (Okemos, Mich./Home School) leveled the match at one with an 8-6 victory at No. 2 doubles over Kelsey Kruse and Devon Bourget.

Freshman Alexis Bonner (Alto, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and sophomore Brittney Statema (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) gave the Knights the lead at No. 3 doubles. The duo edged Britta Pressler and Ellie Hemker, 9-8.

Alexis Bonner made quick work of Kelsey Kruse at No. 5 singles, 6-1, 6-0.

Freshman Leah Newhof (Caledonia, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) topped Jackie Cychosz at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-0.

After a 7-6 battle in the first set, Anna Asfour cruised in the second set, 6-0, to defeat Devon Bourget at No. 3 singles.

Luther won its second point of the night at No. 4 singles.

Freshman Madeline Brouwer (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) nipped Anna Pearson at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 7-6.

Brittney Statema closed the door on the Norsewomen at No. 6 singles, defeating Ellie Hemker, 6-3, 6-4.

The Knights return to action on Thursday at Spring Arbor.