WOOSTER, Ohio. – The Calvin women's tennis team defeated Wooster 5-4 and Capital 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at Aspen Racquet Club.
The Knights started the day off against Wooster.
At No. 1 doubles, the team of sophomores Leah Newhof (Caledonia, Mich. / Grand Rapids Christian) and Maddie Brouwer (Hudsonville, Mich. / Hudsonville) defeated the team of Joy Li and Shanon Setz 8-7 for the Knights.
Wooster's No. 2 doubles team of Sarah Duran and Laura Haley defeated Calvin's sophomore Alexis Bonner (Alto, Mich. / Forest Hills Central) and freshman Maria Poortenga (Grand Rapids, MIch. / Grand Rapids Christian) 8-3.
Rounding out scoring for doubles play, Calvin's No. 3 team of junior Brittney Statema (Holland, Mich. / Holland Christian) and freshman Grace Brown (Middleville, Mich. / Thornapple Kellogg) defeated Kenda Deuereux and Meklit Minassie.
In singles play, Calvin fell to Wooster in No. 1, 2 and 3 singles, however the Knights came back with three wins at No. 4, 5, and 6 to claim the 5-4 victory. Freshman Maya Klopfenstein (Goshen, IN. / Concord High School) and Brown recorded a 6-4, 6-1 wins and Statema recorded a 6-4, 6-2 win.
Head Coach Kevin Van Haitsma state, "Great match against Wooster. It was a full team win. No. 3 doubles started us off with a nice win, No. 1 doubles saved three match points in their win. Our depth at No. 4,5 and 6 singles came up huge for us today to give us the 5-4 win."
Calvin continued on the day taking on Capital as it claimed the 3-0 victory.
At No.1 doubles, Newhof and Brouwer defeated the team of Madison Watt and Maria Sadek 8-4 Poortenga and Brown claimed an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles over Liz Sadek and Mackenzie Archibald. Finishing strong at No. 3 doubles was Klopfenstein and Ganop with an 8-2 victory over Julia Holt and Emma Price.
Moving on to singles play, the Knights were dominant as they claimed six individual wins. At No. 1, Newhof went 6-2, 6-1. At No. 2 Brouwer recorded a 6-0, 6-0 win. Poortenga went 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3. At No. 4, Klopfenstein went 6-0, 6-6. Statema logged at 6-1, 6-0 victory and No. 5 and closing out the scoring at No. 6 doubles was Ganop with a 6-2, 6-4 win.
Van Haitsma touched on Calvin's Saturday performance. "Good weekend in Ohio for us going 2-0. Now we have a week of practice to get ready for some tough matches in Orlando. I was happy with our depth of our team stepping up with some big wins this weekend."
The Knights return to action as they travel to Orlando, Fl. for spring break competition.