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Fall 2001 sports highlights
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All-MIAA
First Team
Bryan Hoekstra
Jon Kalmink

The men's golf team under the direction of veteran head coach Jim Timmer took third in a spirited race for the MIAA Championship this fall. Heading into the final league outing, Calvin stood in second place, just five strokes behind defending league champion Hope. Calvin slipped at the final league outing however, dropping seven strokes behind Olivet and into third place while Hope repeated as league champion.

Despite falling into third place in the final competition, Calvin finished with a final team average of 399.0 strokes-per-round for its second-best single-season average in school history.

Senior Jon Kalmink (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) was Calvin's top individual in the final MIAA standings as he placed third with a season average of 78.0 strokes-per-round to earn a spot on the All-MIAA first team for the first time in his career. Senior Bryan Hoekstra (Grand Rapids) also earned a spot on the All-MIAA first team for the first time in his career finishing fifth in the final individual standings with an average of 79.0 strokes-per-round.

Kalmink's season average matched the fifth-best single-season average in Calvin men's golf history while Hoekstra's average matched the 10th-best average. Junior Tony Karsten (Zeeland, Mich.), sophomore Ryan Brandsma (Hinsdale, Ill.) and senior Adam Derrickson (North Muskegon, Mich.) all earned spots on the All-MIAA second team as Karsten finished seventh in the final league standings (80.4); Brandsma ninth (81.3) and Derrickson 12th (81.7).

With five individuals earning either first or second team All-MIAA honors, Calvin produced its highest single-season all-conference total in school history. It also marked just the second time that Calvin had placed two individuals on the All-MIAA first team, joining the 1965 season when Calvin first achieved the feat.

Calvin also had four individuals earn medalist honors during the season with Hoekstra earning medalist honors twice and Derrickson and Kalmink once. As a team, Calvin took first at its home league outing at the Watermark Country Club firing a course-record score of 382 strokes, breaking the previous course record by 10 strokes. top of page

The women's golf team led by veteran head coach Ralph Honderd took seventh in the final MIAA standings. At the MIAA Championships, Calvin took third with a two-day total of 818 strokes. Calvin also competed at the three MIAA Jamborees, finishing seventh twice and sixth once.

Calvin's top finisher in the final MIAA individual standings was senior Alyssa Bruinsma (Grand Rapids) who placed 21st with an average of 102.6 strokes-per-round. At the MIAA Championships, Bruinsma fired a two-day total of 208 strokes. Freshman Dawn Svenkeson (Scandia, Minn.) was Calvin's second-best finisher, placing 22nd in the final individual standings with an average of 103.8 strokes-per-round. At the MIAA Championships, Svenkeson also carded a two-day total of 208 strokes.

Sophomore Sara Giles (Centerville, Ohio) also finished in the top 30 in the final league standings, placing 30th with an average of 122.2 strokes-per-round. top of page

The men's soccer team under the guidance of fourth-year head coach Dave VerMerris posted its 32nd winning season including its 30th in the last 32 years with an 11-6-2 overall record. Calvin also took third in the MIAA with an 8-4 conference mark.

With a 3-0 win at Albion on October 20, Calvin recorded the 400th victory in school history, allowing the Knights to join the Michigan State University men's soccer team as the only two teams in the state of Michigan to reach the 400-win plateau.
At the conclusion of the season, Calvin senior goaltender Matt Thelen (Grand Haven, Mich.) was named the recipient of the MIAA's Dr. Marv Zuidema Award, becoming the first Calvin player to be so honored. The award was presented for the first time in 1999 in honor of former Calvin men's soccer coach Dr. Marvin Zuidema. The recipient is to be a senior selected for his contributions to team play, leadership qualities, demonstration of ethical virtues and excellence in athletics and academics. Over the course of his Calvin career, Thelen recorded 44 victories in goal, placing him third on the all-time Calvin list for goaltender victories. In addition, Thelen received honorable mention recognition from the MIAA coaches for his play as did freshman defender Joel Vande Kopple (Grand Rapids).

Calvin senior marking back Peter Knoester (Grand Rapids) and sophomore forward Sam DeYoung (Spring Lak, Mich.) were also named to the All-MIAA second team. Knoester served with Thelen as a co-captain and was a starter on defense for the fourth straight year. DeYoung stepped into a starter's role at forward in his first year on the varsity and responded with four goals and five assists to rank second on the team in scoring with 13 points. top of page

All-MIAA
First Team
Tara Bergsma
Tricia Dyk

The women's soccer team was led by first-year head coach Mark Recker this fall and recorded an overall record of 15-5 and a conference mark of 11-3 which was good for a second-place league finish. After opening the year with a 2-2 record, Calvin won 13 of its final 16 games and finished the year ranked seventh in the Great Lakes Region.

Calvin featured a high-powered offensive attack as it popped in 75 goals for an average of 3.75 goals-per-game which ranked among the nation's leading offensive units. Calvin's goal total was the second-highest single-season total in Calvin women's soccer history. Junior forward Tricia Dyk (Grand Haven, Mich.) was the leader of the Calvin scoring machine with 27 goals, 12 assists and 66 points. Dyk finished the year sixth nationally in points-per-game average (3.43) and 11th in goals-per-game (1.35). Her season goal total matched the third-best single-season total in Calvin women's soccer history while her point total was also the third-highest total in Calvin history. In conference action, Dyk led the MIAA in goals (21) and points (52) and finished fourth in assists (10). Dyk was then named the MIAA's Most Valuable Player, becoming the third player in Calvin women's soccer history to receive the award. In addition, she was named to the All-MIAA first team for the third consecutive year and to the Great Lakes All-Region second team for the second straight year. During the season, she was named MIAA Offensive Player of the Week, marking the third time that she had earned MIAA Player of the Week honors. Heading into her senior campaign, Dyk is third on the all-time Calvin women's soccer list in goals (56) and points (138) and sixth in assists (26).

Dyk was part of a powerful one-two scoring punch up front along with senior forward Larissa Onderlinde (Kalamazoo, Mich.). Onderlinde finished the year with 20 goals and 14 assists for a total of 54 points. Her assist total matched the Calvin single-season record originally established by Tracy Veurink in 1990. In conference play, Onderlinde finished second in goals (15), assists (13) and points (49) and was named to the All-MIAA second team. She also finished 18th nationally in assists-per-game (0.7) and 24th in points-per-game (2.7). Onderlinde concluded her four-year career third on the all-time Calvin list in assists (32), fifth in points (106) and seventh in goals (37).

Joining Dyk on the All-MIAA first team from Calvin was senior midfielder Tara Bergsma (Walker, Mich.) who tallied eight goals and five assists for 21 points during the year. Joining Onderlinde on the All-MIAA second team from Calvin were senior defender Stephanie Fritz (Verona, Wis.), junior goaltender Leah VanderPloeg (Hudsonville, Mich.) and junior midfielder Sarah Wind (Bellflower, Calif.). VanderPloeg recorded a goals-against-average of 1.30 and picked up seven shutout victories along with 110 saves during the season. Her save total was the third highest in Calvin women's soccer history. During the year, VanderPloeg received MIAA Defensive Player of the Week accolades for the first time in her career.
As a team, Calvin's victory total matched the fourth-highest win total in school history. It also allowed the Knights to reach the double-digit plateau in victories for the 12th consecutive year. top of page

All-MIAA
First Team
Sara Ahrenholz
Melissa Pell

The women's volleyball team led by interim head coach Jerry Bergsma reached the 20-win plateau for the seventh consecutive by posting a 22-12 overall mark. Calvin took third in the MIAA regular season with a 10-4 conference record, finishing one victory behind MIAA co-champions Alma and Hope. During the conference season, Calvin suffered losses to Albion, Alma, Hope and Kalamazoo. At the MIAA Tournament however, Calvin came back to defeat three of the four opponents in three consecutive three-game matches.

Calvin opened the MIAA Tournament with a 30-18, 30-23, 30-22 first round victory over Albion at the Calvin Fieldhouse. Three days later, Calvin downed Alma 30-21, 30-25, 30-21 in the MIAA Tournament semifinals held at Hope's Dow Center. The following night at the Dow Center, Calvin topped the home standing Flying Dutch of Hope 30-22, 30-26, 30-21 to gain the MIAA's automatic qualifier to the NCAA III Tournament. It marked the third straight year that Calvin and Hope had met in the MIAA Tournament finals and the second time that Calvin had captured the MIAA Tournament title.

Calvin then made its 13th appearance in the NCAA III Tournament where it was defeated by nationally-ranked Carnegie Mellon 30-23, 30-26, 30-23.

Senior setter Sara Ahrenholz (Prinsburg, Minn.) was the catalyst on a youthful Calvin team as she led the MIAA in assists and earned a spot on the All-MIAA first team for the third straight year. Also named to the All-MIAA first team from Calvin was junior middle-hitter Melissa Pell (Fremont, Mich.) who led the MIAA in blocks and was among the league leaders in kills and hitting percentage. Named to the All-MIAA second team from Calvin were junior middle-hitter Cassie Christopher (Fruitport, Mich.) and freshman outside hitter Kristin DeGroot (Tulare, Calif.). Sophomore outside hitter Trisha Balkema (Highland, Ind.) received honorable mention recognition from the MIAA coaches.

During the year, Ahrenholz and Christopher received MIAA Player of the Week honors with Ahrenholz receiving the award twice and Christopher once. Ahrenholz was also named to the Verizon Academic All-District IV third team. top of page

All-Americans

Dan Hoekstra
Joel Klooster
Brian Maat
Justin Pfruender

The men's cross country team continued its MIAA dominance by capturing an unprecedented 15th consecutive MIAA title this fall. The championship streak is the second-longest league championship streak in MIAA history and the 17th-longest in NCAA III men's athletic history. Led by coaches Brian Diemer and Al Hoekstra, Calvin took first place at the MIAA Jamboree with 21 points and followed by posting a first place total of 19 points at the MIAA Championships hosted by Calvin at the Christian Reformed Recreation Center. top of page

All-MIAA
First Team

Tim Avery
Dan Hoekstra
Joel Klooster
Kris Koster
Justin Pfruender
David Ritsema
Andy Yazzie

At the MIAA Championships, Calvin took eight of the top 10 spots with senior Justin Pfruender (Midland, Mich.) leading the way with a first place time of 25:42 while freshman Brian Maat (Holland, Mich.) was second in 25:50. Other Calvin finishers in the top 10 included senior Joel Klooster (Chatham, Ont.) in third (26:02); senior David Ritsema (Denver, Colo.) in sixth (26:34); senior Dan Hoekstra (Kalamazoo, Mich.) in seventh (26:41); and sophomores Kris Koster (Grand Rapids), Tim Avery (Rochester, N.Y.) and Joel Reasoner (Cambridge, Minn.) in eighth (26:47); ninth (26:53) and 10th (26:57) respectively.

Calvin then placed seven individuals on the All-MIAA first team with Klooster and Hoekstra receiving the honor for the third consecutive year while Pfruender, Koster and Avery received the honor for the second year in a row. Ritsema and freshman Andy Yazzie (Gallup, N.M.) were named to the All-MIAA first team for the first time. In addition, Pfruender was named the MIAA's Most Valuable Runner.

Calvin then captured its sixth consecutive Great Lakes Regional crown two weeks later in Three Rivers, Mich., posting a first place score of 26 points behind a dominant 1-2-3-4 finish. Hoekstra led the Calvin charge with a blazing first place time of 25:16, en route to earning Great Lakes Regional Athlete of the Year accolades for the second straight year. Maat was Calvin's next finisher, placing second with a time of 25:20 while Klooster was third in 25:24 and Pfruender fourth in 25:28. Ritsema was Calvin's fifth man, placing 18th with a time of 26:15 while Avery was 42nd in 26:56 and Koster 50th in 27:03. After the regional meet, Diemer was named the Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year for the seventh time in the last eight years.
At the NCAA III Championships November 17 in Rock Island, Ill., Calvin posted its fourth consecutive top-four national finish as the Knights took second with 141 points, finishing 60 points behind national champion Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Calvin came up with four All-America performances at the national meet with Pfruender leading the Knights with a sixth-place time of 24:25, marking his third straight All-America performance. Maat was next as he earned All-America accolades for the first time in his career with a 12th place time of 24:35. Hoekstra and Klooster also put together All-America finishes for the second time in their careers as Hoekstra was 21st in 24:44 and Klooster 24th in 24:48.

Ritsema was Calvin's fifth man, placing 121st in 26:01 with Avery and Reasoner rounding out Calvin's finishers as Avery was 143rd in 26:15 and Reasoner 181st in 26:46. top of page

All-Americans
Rachel Baber

The women's cross country team continued its MIAA dominance by capturing an unprecedented 14th consecutive MIAA title. Calvin's championship streak is the longest in MIAA women's athletic history and the ninth longest championship streak in NCAA III women's athletic history. Led by veteran head coach Nancy Meyer, Calvin took first place at the MIAA Jamboree with 17 points, claiming seven of the top 10 individual spots.

All-MIAA
First Team

Rachel Baber
Ashley Berner
Erinn Boot
Sarah Hastings
Jessie Lair
Laura Medema
Mimi Speyer

Senior Erinn Boot (Kalamazoo, Mich.) was the leader for the Calvin women with a first place time of 18:38. Boot spearheaded a 1-2-3 Calvin finish as junior Rachel Baber (Brandon, Wis.) was second in 18:46 and sophomore Sarah Hastings (Traverse City, Mich.) third in 18:49. Sophomore Jessie Lair (West Bloomfield, Mich.) was Calvin's next finisher, placing fifth with a time of 19:25. Also earning top-10 finishes from Calvin were freshman Ashley Berner (Littleton, Colo.) in sixth place (19:26); senior Laura Medema (Grand Rapids) in seventh place (19:28) and sophomore Tammi VerMuelen (Holland, Mich.) in 10th place (19:40).

Calvin then placed seven individuals on the All-MIAA 1st team as Boot, Baber, Hastings, Lair, Berner, Medema and freshman Mimi Speyer (Grand Rapids) were so honored. Boot was named to the All-MIAA first team for the third straight year while Hastings, Lair and Medema were named to the first team for the second straight year.

At the Great Lakes Regional meet two weeks later in Three River, Mich., Calvin took home its 13th consecutive regional crown as its posted an impressive first place score of 28 points. Calvin placed five runners in the top-10 at the regional meet with Boot coming through with a second place time of 18:09 to lead the Knights. Boot was followed by Baber in third place (18:11) while Lair was fifth (18:20). Senior Lindsay Carrier (Wyoming, Mich.) and Medema also delivered a pair of clutch performances as Carrier was sixth in 18:25 and Medema 10th in 18:38. Rounding out Calvin's finishers were Berner in 16th place (18:53) and Hastings in 20th place (18:59).

A week later at the NCAA III Championships in Rock Island, Illinois, Calvin recorded its 10th top-10 national finish with a sixth place score of 223 points. Calvin received one All-America performance at the national meet as Baber was 29th with a time of 17:50. Other finishers for Calvin included Lair in 57th place (18:16); Boot in 64th place (18:18); Hastings in 72nd place (18:22); Carrier in 84th place (18:27); Berner (Littleton, Colo.) in 134th place (18:53) and Medema in 147th place (18:59). top of page

 

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