TRINE, Ind. - Calvin clinched a spot for next week's four-team MIAA Tournament with a 6-3 win at Trine University Saturday afternoon. The Knights finish 5-3 in the final MIAA regular season standings - good for fourth place while Trine finishes fifth at 4-4. Calvin will be the No. 4 seed for next week's MIAA Tournament and will travel to Hope next Thursday for a semifinal round match.
Calvin (14-6 overall) took two of the three doubles points, winning at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Sophomores Leah Newhof (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Madeline Brouwer (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville HS) won 8-5 at No. 1 doubles. Sophomore Alexis Bonner (Alto, Mich./Forest Hills Central HS) and freshman Maya Klopfenstein (Goshen, Ind./Concord HS) won 8-2 at No. 2 doubles.
In singles play, Trine (10-9 overall) picked up wins at No. 1, No. 2 singles but the bottom of Calvin's lineup stepped up and delivered four clinching points. Klopfenstein won a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 decision over Kyra Braun at No. 3 singles. Freshman Grace Brown (Middleville, Mich./Thornapple Kellogg HS) was a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Delaney Keirn at No. 4 singles. Bonner was a 6-2, 6-0 winner over Camille Lozier at No. 5 singles. Junior Brittney Statema (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) was a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Ellie Cole at No. 6 singles.
COACHES QUOTE: "That was a nice win for us today against a good Trine team," said Calvin women's tennis head coach Kevin VanHaitsma. "Getting two of three doubles points was key for us. We got some big matches from our 3-6 singles to make our comeback after being down 3-2. It's nice making the MIAA Tournament again this year. That's one of our team goals each year."