GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Calvin women's tennis team opened the 2020 season on Thursday with a victory over Cornerstone inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Complex. The Knights took home East Beltline bragging rights with a 6-2 victory over the Golden Eagles.
The duo of Maria Poortenga (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) and Alexis Bonner (Alto, Mich./Forest Hills Central) picked up the first point of the day for the Knights at No. 1 doubles. The Knights defeated Valentina Gracia and Marissa Hooker, 8-4.
The Knights took fell at No. 2 doubles with Alayna Bowman and Nicole VerHulst defeating sophomore Maya Klopfenstein (Goshen, IN / Concord High School) and sophomore Emily Schellenboom (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Grand Rapids Christian), 8-3.
At No. 3 doubles, sophomore Grace Brown (Middlevilee, Mich. / Thornapple Kellogg) and junior Sydney Ellsworth (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) secured the second doubles victory with an 8-3 victory over Amanda VerHulst and Abbie Meeuwsen.
Grace Bown was victorious at No. 3 singles, topping Marissa Hooker, 6-3, 6-1.
Emily Schellenboom kept the winning streak going with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory at No. 4 singles over Nicole VerHulst.
Alexis Bonner brought home victory at No. 5 singles, topping Amanda VerHulst, 6-0, 6-1.
COACHES COMMENT: "For our first match at home against a quality opponent and to come out and have the kind of performance was really encouraging." said head coach Tim Morey. "In singles I thought we showed fantastic resilience. They were a quality opponent, but they were very scrappy and to get tested right away like that in the first match and to have our women respond the way they did showed why I really like this group. They are a hard-working group and are finding ways to win. Every point counts and I think everyone did their job and we came away with a win.
NEXT UP: Calvin will face Aquinas on the road next Friday at 6 p.m.