Calvin Women's Tennis Edged by Luther College in Spring Break Opener

Calvin Women's Tennis Edged by Luther College in Spring Break Opener

ORLANDO, FL - The Calvin women's tennis team was edged by regionally-ranked Luther College 5-4 Monday morning as the Knights opened their spring break trip schedule.

Calvin (3-3) fell behind 2-1 after doubles play and were unable to make up the deficit as the Knights split the six singles points.

In doubles action, junior Jessica Bouma (Kalamazoo, Mich./Kalamazoo Christian HS) and junior Micaela Seazzu (Albuquerque, NM/Sandia HS) pulled out a 9-7 win at No. 3 doubles. Calvin's No. 1 doubles tandem of senior Claire Spoelhof (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) and senior Ellie Benzel (San Dimas, Ca./San Dimas HS) fell 8-5 while its No. 2 doubles team of junior Lark Foote (Okemos, Mich./Home Schooled) and senior Liz Turner (Audobon, Pa./Delaware County Christian HS) fell 8-3.

In singles action, Bouma was a 6-3, 6-1 winner at No. 1  singles. Freshman Anna Asfour (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian Hs) was a 6-2, 6-2 winner at No. 5 singles and Foote a 6-3, 4-6, 11-9 winner at No. 6 singles.

Spoelhof fell 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Benzel dropped a 6-1, 6-3 match at No. 3 singles and Seazzu lost 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4 singles.

Luther entered Monday's match ranked 19th in the ITA Division III Central Region rankings.

"We had a very tough opponent to open our week but I liked the way we competed," said Calvin women's tennis coach Kevin Van Haitsma. "Ultimately this match came down to doubles and which team could get two of the three points. We tried to rally in singles but came up just short."

Calvin returns to action on Tuesday for a pair of matches. Calvin will face Grinnell College at 1 p.m. and Lawrence College at 6 p.m.