ANGOLA, Ind. - Calvin punched its ticket to the four-team MIAA Tournament with a 9-0 victory at Trine Wednesday afternoon.
The Knights finish in sole possession of third place in the final MIAA regular season standings at 5-2 in league play. The Knights will travel to second-seeded Hope on May 2 for an MIAA Tournament semifinal match scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
Calvin (12-7 overall) won three hard-fought doubles points to take the early momentum. Junior Jose' Larrea (Caracas, Venezuela/U.E. Colegio San Jose) and sophomore Max Stallings (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich./Grosse Pointe North HS) were able to down Blake and Evan Trusty 8-6 at No. 1 doubles. Senior Jason Wolters (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) and freshman Konner Shapiro (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South HS) were 8-4 winners over Jacob Weiss and Jordan Baker at No. 2 doubles. At No. 3 doubles, senior Charlie Fahr (Milwaukee, Wisc./Wauwatosa East HS) and junior Cobe Benzel (San Dimas, Ca./San Dimas HS) topped Isaac Everitt and Jason Davis 8-5 at No. 3 doubles.
Larrea then rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Blake Trusty at No. 1 singles. Stallings dropped Weiss 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. Shapiro defeated Everitt 6-1, 7-5 at No. 4 singles. Freshman Brandon Johnson (Midland, Mich./Midland HS) defeated Evan Trusty 6-2, 7-5 at No. 5 singles. Senior Owen Brookhouse (Whitinsville, Mass./Whitinsville Christian HS) defeated Jordan Baker 6-0, 6-3 at No. 6 singles. The match of the day was turned in by Wolters who fought off Jaxon Davis 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 at No. 3 singles.
COACHES COMMENT: "I thought our guys were outstanding today," said Calvin men's tennis coach John Ross. "The final score was very deceiving. All nine of the points were hotly contested. Winning all three doubles points was huge for our team. I though Jose Larrea and Evan Brookhouse were both tremendous with their competitive fire and leadership. Trine is a very talented team. To win on the road with a spot in the MIAA Tournament on the line was a big accomplishment for our guys. I'm proud of the way they competed and I'm thrilled with the final result. It was a hard-fought and well-earned victory."
NEXT UP: Calvin will travel to rival Hope on May 2 for an MIAA Tournament semifinal match scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.