GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin women's tennis team own a five-hour thriller on Thursday evening. The Knights defeated Spring Arbor 5-4 to improve to 7-4 on the season.
"I am really proud of the heart that the team showed tonight," said head coach Kevin Van Haitsma. "After a tough outing in doubles, we were able to bounce back. Alexis really showed some grit tonight to fight back."
The Knights lone doubles point came at court No. 3. The team of sophomore Brittney Statema (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) and freshman Alexis Bonner (Alto, Mich./Forest Hills Central) defeated Emma Joseph and Jewell Allen, 8-3.
Sophomore Anna Asfour (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) tied the match at two with a victory at No. 3 singles. Asfour defeated Emma Joseph, 6-2, 6-2.
After a Cougar victory at No. 2 singles, senior Lark Foote (Okemos, Mich./Home School) tied the match again at No. 4 singles. Foote topped Bri Van Ravenswaay, 6-1, 7-5.
Spring Arbor secured the point at No. 1 singles to push the Knights to the brink.
Brittney Statema kept the Knights alive with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Tori Buchholz at No. 6 singles.
Alexis Bonner did not give up after falling in the first set to Jewell Allen, 6-1. Allen led the second set at No. 5 singles, 3-1, but Bonner bounced back to take the set, 6-4. The Calvin freshman cruised in the third set 6-2 to secure the victory.
Calvin returns to action on Saturday against Hope.