Calvin Sports News
|Fall sports highlights|
The women's cross country team led by head coach Nancy Meyer also had a successful season as it claimed its 12th consecutive MIAA and Great Lakes Regional title. Calvin opened the season by taking first place at the Wisconsin-Parkside Invitational with 82 points. At the MIAA jamboree the following week, Calvin took first place with 23 points. The Knights also grabbed first place at the Great Midwest Classic on October 21 with a score of 32 points.
At the MIAA Championships hosted by Albion at the Whiffletree Golf Course, Calvin tallied a first-place score of 16 points, taking the top four spots including eight of the top nine. Calvin's score of 16 points also marked the second-best score at the league championships in MIAA women's cross country history, surpassed only by the perfect score of 15 posted by Calvin's 1994 team. Senior Sarah Gritter
(Wauwatosa, Wis.) led the Calvin pack with a first place time of 18:27. She was followed by junior Erinn Boot (Kalamazoo, Mich.) who was second in 18:36 while senior Rashel Workman (Sparta, Mich.) was third (18:40); junior Lindsay Carrier (Wyoming, Mich.) fourth (18:50) and freshman Sarah Hastings (Traverse City, Mich.) sixth (19:00) to round out Calvin's top-five. Freshman Jessie Lair (West Bloomfield, Mich.) was next for Calvin as she finished sixth with a time of 19:03 while junior Laura Medema (Grand Rapids) was eighth in 19:05 to complete Calvin's top-seven.
At the Great Lakes Regional hosted by Hanover College November 11, Calvin took first place with 41 points, placing six runners in the top 15. Gritter was the top finisher for the Knights placing second with a time of 18:42. Boot was the second finisher for Calvin; she placed sixth individually with a time of 19:00. Workman and Carrier also cracked the top 10 for the Knights as Workman was ninth in 19:06 and Carrier 10th in 19:07. Lair was the fifth runner for Calvin and was 14th individually with a time of 19:20. Hastings and Medema rounded out Calvin's finishers--Hastings was 15th in 19:22 and Medema 26th in 19:40. All seven Calvin runners earned spots on the Great Lakes
At the NCAA III Championships hosted by Whitworth College November 14, Calvin slid to 14th place with 317 points as the Knights were unable to place any runners inside the top 35. Boot was Calvin's top finisher at 61st with a time of 19:04. Rounding out Calvin's finishers were Workman in 96th
(19:20); Hastings in 100th (19:21); Lair in 115th (19:27); Carrier in 127th (19:34); Gritter in 130th (19:36) and Medema in 156th (19:49).
The Calvin women were making their 12th consecutive appearance at nationals.
The men's golf team under the leadership of veteran coach Jim Timmer produced its highest MIAA finish since 1991 as the Knights finished second in the final league standings, 60 strokes behind league champion Hope. At the fourth MIAA outing of the year, hosted by Adrian at the Lenawee Country Club, Calvin posted a first place team score of 386 strokes, marking the second consecutive year that Calvin has taken first at an MIAA outing. In the seven league outings, Calvin finished lower than third only once.
Junior Adam Derrickson (Muskegon, Mich.) was Calvin's finisher in the final MIAA individual standings finishing fourth with an average of 79.3 strokes-per-round. Sophomore Tony Karsten (Zeeland, Mich.) placed ninth with an average of 80.7 strokes-per-round. Derrickson and Karsten were two of six Calvin golfers to crack the MIAA's top 20 as junior Bryan Hoekstra (Grand Rapids) was 14th (81.9); junior Jon Kalmink (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) 17th (82.2); sophomore Mike Sherman (Grand Rapids) 18th (82.3) and junior Jason Rop (Muskegon, Mich.) 20th (82.8).
The women's golf team under the direction of coach Ralph Honderd finished seventh in the final MIAA standings, a two-place improvement over its 1999 finish. Calvin finished more than 200 strokes ahead of eighth place Olivet and 79 strokes behind sixth place Adrian.
Calvin's best finish of the year came on its home course finishing sixth at the Thornapple Pointe Golf Club with a team score of 400 strokes.
Freshman Amber Beardslee (Morley, Mich.) was Calvin's top finisher in the final MIAA individual standings placing 23rd with an average of 100.4 strokes-per-round. Sophomore Becky Rietema (Grand Rapids) was 30th with an average of 108.0 strokes-per-round. Other Calvin finishers included senior Alyssa Bruinsma (Grand Rapids) in 31st (108.1) and senior Jill Scott (St. John, Ind.) in 33rd (113.0).
The men's soccer team led by third-year coach Dave VerMerris recorded its 30th winning season in the last 32 years as the Knights finished 10-9-1 overall. In conference play, Calvin went 7-4-1 to finish fourth in the final league standings.
Of Calvin's nine defeats, seven were by one goal including two in sudden-death overtime.
Calvin closed out its season with a 3-2 victory over rival Hope to climb above the .500 mark for the first time all season. Senior midfielder Marcus Byeman (Redmond, Wash.) finished tied for the MIAA lead in assists with seven. Senior forward Jason DeJonge (Muskegon, Mich.) notched a hat-trick in the season finale against Hope and went on to lead Calvin in goals and points with 21 goals and 42 points. In conference play, DeJonge led the MIAA in goals (13) and was second in points (26).
Since the MIAA began men's soccer in 1970, Calvin has recorded a won-loss record of 239-62-29 for a winning percentage of .768.
The women's soccer team finished the year with a 11-7 overall record and a second place MIAA finish going 10-4 in conference play. With its 11 victories, Calvin reached the double-digit plateau in victories for the 12th consecutive year. In 13 years of varsity play, Calvin has never had a losing season and has an overall won-loss record of 172-59-5 for a winning percentage of .739.
Calvin opened the year by dropping five of its first seven games but went 9-4 the rest of the way including a five-game win streak to end the year. All four of Calvin's conference defeats were by one goal.
Sophomore Tricia Dyk (Grand Haven, Mich.) led Calvin in scoring for the second consecutive fall scoring 12 goals along with eight assists for 32 points. In conference play, she came up with 11 goals, seven assists and 29 points to rank third in the MIAA in goals and points and eighth in assists. Of her 12 goals this year, four were game-winners
Freshman Dana Haan (Lynden, Wash.) collected nine goals and five assists to rank second on the Calvin team in scoring with 23 points. All nine of her goals came in conference play as she finished sixth in the MIAA in goals scored. Four of her goals this year were game-winners including a dramatic goal in the closing minute of play in a 2-1 victory at Kalamazoo that marked Calvin's first victory over the Hornets since 1997. During the year, Haan received MIAA Player of the Week honors once.
Leah VanderPloeg (Hudsonville, Mich.) stepped into Calvin's starting spot in goal this fall and collected a Calvin single-season record 152 saves while also posting five shutout victories and a goals-against-average of 1.68.
The women's volleyball team reached the 20-win plateau for the sixth consecutive year as the Knights finished 27-8 overall and in second place in the MIAA standings with a 10-2 conference mark. Calvin then reached the MIAA Tournament Championship match for the second straight year before falling to Hope in four games.
During the year, Calvin took first place at the Hornet Invitational and second at the John Carroll Invitational. Senior middle-hitter Rhonda Volkers (Zeeland, Mich.) established a new Calvin season record for kills with 513 kills. She also finished as the all-time Calvin leader in kills with 1,556 kills over the course of her four-year.
Junior setter Sara Ahrenholz (Prinsburg, Minn.) finished among the nation's leaders in assists-per-game average.
All-MIAA first team
Men's cross country
Women's cross country
*Denotes MIAA MVP