GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin women's tennis team had lost 4-5 to Spring Arbor the last two seasons heading into Monday. The Knights snapped that streak with a 6-3 victory over the visiting Cougars. The victory on Monday also snapped a three-match-losing skid for the Knights to move Calvin to 6-6 on the season.
"Losing 5-4 the last two years, we knew it was going to be a battle today," said head coach Kevin Van Haitsma. "We started out taking two of three at doubles and we knew we had to do that to have a chance to win. Even after that, we still had to win one of the two final courts that we were on. It was nice to see our freshman Anna battle back after losing the first set and seal the win for us. Lark had a great victory for us and I am proud of Jessica picking up her first victory at No. 1 singles."
After the Cougars struck first on Monday with a victory at No. 1 doubles, the Knights would rally to win two doubles points. Junior Jessica Bouma (Kalamazoo, Mich./Kalamazoo Christian) and junior Micaela Seazzu (Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia) defeated Brianna VanRavenswaay and Jewell Allen at No. 3 doubles, 8-2. Senior Liz Turner (Audobon, Pa./Delaware County Christian) and junior Lark Foote (Okemos, Mich.) secured an 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles to give the Knights the lead.
Jessica Bouma recorded her first-career victory at No. 1 singles at Calvin on Monday to give Calvin a 3-1 lead. Bouma downed Mary-Kate McShane, 6-0, 6-1.
The Cougars would fight back and tie the match at three with victories at No. 2 and No. 3 singles.
Liz Turner made quick work of Alyssa LePard (6-1, 6-1) at No. 6 singles to give the Knights the lead.
Freshman Anna Asfour (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) secured the victory for Calvin with a three-set thriller at No. 4 singles. Asfour rallied to defeat Brianna Emma Joseph, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
The final point of the day came at No. 5 singles and a come-from-behind victory for Lark Foote. After dropping the first set to Brianna VanRavenswaay, 6-1, Foote would fight back to win 7-5, 10-4.
The Knights return to action on Tuesday when they host Alma for the MIAA home opener.