ALBION, Mich. – The Calvin men's tennis team defeated Albion on the road to improve to 15-3 on the year. The 9-0 victory is the 200th career victory for John Ross as the head coach of the Calvin men's tennis program. The victory pushes Calvin to 6-1 in MIAA action, Albion falls to 5-13 overall and 1-5 in the MIAA.
"These achievements just show you have been coaching a long time," said head coach John Ross. "Truly, it is a great honor. I have coached many great men who are responsible for these victories. It is a nice honor, but we have to focus on a big match on Friday. I am pleased with how we played today and I hope we can ride this momentum into Friday."
The Wednesday match was the 200th career tennis victory for coach Ross. As the Calvin women's basketball coach, he recorded a 299-66 record and made four trips to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal round. Ross also helped lead Calvin to its first-ever men's tennis MIAA title in school history in 2013. The Knights went 5-1 in the regular season to finish tied for first along with Kalamazoo and Hope. Calvin has finished in second place in the MIAA eight times under Coach Ross. Over the past 14 seasons, Ross has had 14 All-MIAA First Team honorees. In addition, his men's tennis teams have received the MIAA Team GPA Award nine times.
Senior David Brown (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich) and junior Charlie Fahr (Milwaukee, Wis./Wauwatosa East) landed the first punch on Wednesday. The duo downed Michael Bernard and Chandler Martin at No. 3 doubles, 8-1.
Senior Matt Van Winkle (St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph) and junior Jason Wolters (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian) whipped Nick Kinachtchouk and Michael Barclay at No. 1 doubles, 8-2. The Calvin team improves to 10-4 with the victory.
Junior Jose Larrea (Caracas, Venezuela/U.E. Colegio San Jose) and freshman Max Stallings (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich./North) swept Robert Joerg and Isreal Trevino at No. 2 doubles, 8-0. The Calvin duo is now 11-2 on the season.
Matt Van Winkle made quick work of Nick Kinachtchouk at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-0. Van Winkle improves to 4-1 in MIAA play with the win.
Max Stallings brought out the broom at No. 4 singles, with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Patrick Barclay.
Jose Larrea tripped up Isreal Trevino at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-0.
At No. 1 singles, David Brown bounced Robert Joerg, 6-1, 6-2. The victory is the first victory for Brown at No. 1 singles.
Charlie Fahr shut down Chandler Martin at No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-0. Fahr improves to 8-2 in singles play with the win.
Jason Wolters Michael Bernard swept away Michael Bernard at No. 6 singles to close the match at 6-0, 6-0.
The Knights close the regular season on Friday in a key MIAA matchup with Adrian. If Calvin were to win, the Knights clinch the top seed in the MIAA Tournament. If Calvin, Hope and Adrian were all tied, head-to-head points would break the tie. With Calvin defeating Hope 5-4 and Hope sweeping Adrian, 9-0. Calvin would need to win one point on Friday to clinch the No. 2 seed.