March 25 - MIAA Player of the Week
|Albion||9||Grace Bible College||0||Final|
|Mar. 20||Hope||8||Bethel (Minn.)||1||Final|
|North Central (Ill.)||5||Calvin||4||Final|
|Hope||0||Col. of Charleston||7||Final|
|Mar. 23||Olivet||6||Grace Christian (MI)||3||Final|
|Mar. 25||Spring Arbor||9||Adrian||0||Final|
|Mar. 27||Calvin||0||Spring Arbor||9||Final|
|Mar. 29||Alma||9||Olivet *||0||Final|
Around the MIAA (through March 24 matches)
The Adrian College men’s tennis team lost its only match this week, a 9-0 defeat at Spring Arbor. Tanner Wilcox at the two singles spot, Kyle Haines at four singles, and Cam Rafinski at five all went to a third-set tiebreaker but couldn’t get the job done to steal a point.
Albion will own a two-match winning streak when it starts MIAA action after dispatching Grace Christian University, 9-0, last Tuesday. Josh McGarry, Nick Kinachtchouk, Israel Trevino and Patrick Smoker were all 6-0, 6-0 winners in singles. Robert Joerg and Toma Shngoo lost one game in their singles matches. Kinachtchouk and Josh McGarry and Joerg and Daniel McGarry were 8-0 winners in doubles.
The Alma College men's tennis team earned its second straight sweep with a 9-0 victory over Grace College on Thursday (March 21) afternoon. Junior Brett Reuter (Armada, Mich.) earned the win in singles competition by the smallest of margins, beating Nick Pilieci 7-5, 7-5. Freshman Brendan Murdie (Novi, Mich.) had the biggest win of the day, 6-2, 6-0 over Hank Schemmel. Murdie also teamed up with junior David Suidgeest (St. Johns, Mich.) to sweep Schemmel and Kaleb Underwood 8-0.
Calvin posted a 1-2 record on its spring trip to Florida last week. The Knights defeated Brooklyn College 9-0 and fell to North Central 5-4 and Luther 8-1.
The Hope College men's tennis team won one of four matches during its trip to Orlando, Florida, for spring break. The Flying Dutchmen defeated Bethel University (Minnesota), 8-1 as Senior Mark VanderStoep (Holland, Mich.) defeated Hunter Fernelius at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-4. VanderStoep teamed with junior Danny Kroeze (Holland, Mich.) for an 8-5 victory at No. 1 doubles.
The Hornets won 9-0 at Oglethorpe on Sunday, March 24. After winning all three doubles matches Kalamazoo won all six singles matches in straight sets. Daniel Henry was selected as MIAA Player of the Week after winning 8-0 at one doubles with Ian Yi and 6-4, 6-1 at two singles. Currently ranked No. 25 in the nation with a 3-2 record, Kalamazoo is scheduled to play at No. 12 Sewanee (University of the South) on Tuesday, March 26 and at No. 4 Emory on Thursday, March 28. Freshman Ian Yi is 9-2 on the season in singles (4-0 at No. 1) while Tytus Metzler is 8-2 overall in singles (3-0 at No. 3).
The Olivet College men's tennis team defeated Grace Christian University, 6-3, for its first win of the 2018-19 season. Benjamin Morrow teamed with Donald Doyle for a win at No. 1 doubles, and coasted to a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles. Doyle, Tyler Nobel and Austin Briggs all needed to win a match-tiebreaker to win their singles match. The sixth win was at No. 2 doubles by Briggs and Nobel.
The Thunder split their two competitions during the week. They came up with a convincing win over visiting Bethel (Ind.) College by the score of 7-2 before dropping their dual with Wittenberg University later in the week. Four different members of the team emerged from the Bethel match with undefeated records.