GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin women's tennis team picked up a big victory over Saint Mary's on senior day. The Knights secured a home match in the MIAA Tournament against Saint Mary's with the 5-4 victory. With the win, Calvin improves to 13-5 and 6-1 in the MIAA. Saint Mary's falls to 11-7 and 5-2 in MIAA action.
"This was a really big win for us," said head coach Kevin VanHaitsma. "We knew what was on the line today and we went out and did what we had to do. We did a great job in doubles today, possibly the best we have played all year. It was nice to win on senior day, to make sure we once again play on our courts."
The freshman duo of Leah Newhof (Caledonia, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) and Madeline Brouwer (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) got uninvited from the Davy family reunion with an 8-2 victory over Megan and Monica Davy at No. 1 doubles.
Senior Lark Foote (Okemos, Mich./homeschool) and sophomore Anna Asfour (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) celebrated senior day with senior day with an 8-4 victory at No. 2 doubles over Lilly Chamberlin and Maddie Minaudo.
Freshman Alexis Bonner (Alto, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and sophomore Brittney Statema (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) rallied from behind to defeat Elizabeth Preister and Kelsey Kopf at No. 3 doubles, 9-8.
Anna Asfour made quick work of Kelsey Kopf at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-0.
Leah Newhof clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Monica Davy at No. 1 singles.
The Belles won matches at No. 5, No. 6 and No. 4 singles to cut into the lead.
After training in the first set 2-5, Madeline Brouwer bounced back to take the first set from Megan Davy at No. 2 singles, 7-6. Brouwer then fell in the second set, 5-7 and in the third-set tiebreaker.
Calvin closes the regular season on Saturday at Kalamazoo.
The Knights will host the Belles in the semifinals of the MIAA Tournament on May 3.