GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin men's tennis team defeated arch-rival Hope on Wednesday evening in another exciting chapter of the Calvin-Hope rivalry. The Knights remained perfect in the MIAA with a 5-4 victory over Hope and improve to 11-2 on the year. The Flying Dutchmen sink to 4-8 and 1-1 in MIAA play.
"Our guys were really determined and played hard," said Calvin head coach John Ross. "Every time that we play Hope, every match is tight over the last 15 years I have been here. We did a really nice job in doubles. Every match was close and that's what you expect in the rivalry."
Senior Matt Van Winkle (St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph) and junior Jason Wolters (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian) got the ball rolling for the Knights with a victory over Hope's VanderStoep and Kroeze at No. 1 doubles, 8-6.
Hope cut the Calvin lead in half with an 8-6 victory at No. 2 doubles.
The Flying Dutchmen took the lead to start singles play with victories at No. 2 and No. 4 singles.
Matt Van Winkle tied the match at three with a victory at No. 3 singles. Van Winkle defeated Mike Kiley, 7-5, 6-4.
Sophomore Rodrigo Castellanos Vaca Guzmán (Tarija, Bolivia/Felipe Palazon) gave the Knights the lead at No. 1 singles with a come-from-behind 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Danny Kroeze.
Hope tied the match at four with a victory at No. 6 singles to send the match to court five for the deciding point.
Jason Wolters took the first set from Justin Folkert, 6-4. Folkert responded with a 7-5 victory in the second set. Down a break, Wolters rallied to win the third set, 6-4.
"I knew the match was going to be close from the beginning," said Wolters. "I've been in that situation before and knew what to expect. I knew I just needed to play my game. This was a great overall win for our team."
The Knights return to play on Saturday against Trine.