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2005 Fall sports recap

Men's Cross Country
Under the direction of co-head coaches Brian Diemer and Al Hoekstra, the Calvin men's cross country team captured an unprecedented 19th straight MIAA title this fall, taking first place at the MIAA Championships. At the MIAA Champion-ships, Calvin took seven of the top eight spots and posted a perfect score of 15 points. Junior Tim Finnegan (Los Alamos, N.M.) led the way with a first-place time of 24:51. He was later named the MIAA's Most Valuable Runner and earned a spot on the All-MIAA first team for the third straight year. Following Finnegan were junior Harrison Jorritsma (Beamsville, Ont.) in second place, freshman Jed Christiansen (Greenville, Pa.) in third, sophomore Bill Reynolds (Newtown Square, Pa.) in fourth, sophomore Jon Gries (King of Prussia, Pa.) in fifth, sophomore Tad Hulst (Zeeland, Mich.) in seventh and senior Tyler Zwagerman (Holland, Mich.) in eighth. Jorritsma, Christiansen, Reynolds, Gries, Hulst and Zwagerman joined Finnegan on the All-MIAA first team.

The Knights then captured their 10th straight Great Lakes Regional crown to advance to the NCAA III Championships for the 21st time in school history, which ranks fifth on the all-time NCAA III list. At the regional, Calvin put six runners in the top 35 to post a first-place score of 46 points, with Finnegan leading the way with a first-place time of 24:14, as he became the seventh individual in Calvin men's cross country history to win a regional title. Christiansen took sixth place (24:45), Jorritsma 12th (25:00), Gries 13th (25:07), Reynolds 14th (25:13), Hulst 21st (25:34) and Zwagerman 37th (25:59). For his efforts, Finnegan was named the Great Lakes Regional Athlete of the Year and also landed a spot on the Great Lakes All-Region team. Christiansen, Jorritsma, Gries, Reynolds and Hulst joined him on the All-Region team.

At the national meet, Calvin took second place to extend its string of top-four national finishes to eight straight years. Finnegan took third at the national meet to earn All-American honors for the third straight year. Also collecting All-American honors for Calvin were Jorritsma (34th place) and Christiansen (35th place). Rounding out Calvin's finishers were Gries in 56th overall and a time of 26:49.2, Reynolds at 73rd overall and a time of 26:57.9, Zwagerman 82nd at 27:03.6 and Hulst in 118th with a time of 27:25.9.

Women's Cross Country
After seeing its string of 16 straight MIAA titles snapped in 2004, the Calvin women's cross country team returned to the top of the MIAA standings this fall, winning the MIAA title with a first-place score of 22 points at the MIAA Championships. The Knights were led by veteran head coach Nancy Meyer. Calvin junior Lydia Singer (Wilmington, Del.) took first place at the conference championships and was named the MIAA's Most Valuable Runner. She also earned a spot on the All-MIAA first team and was joined on the first team from Calvin by junior Laura Holtrop (Derwood, Md.), sophomore Christina Overbeck (Seattle, Wash.), senior Lindsay Rooney (Denver, Colo.) and freshman Calah Schlabach (St. Michael's, Ariz.). Calvin freshmen Kelly Edwards (Grand Blanc, Mich.) and Emily Arkus (Tinley Park, Ill.) were named to the All-MIAA second team.

women's cross country

At the Great Lakes Regional meet, Calvin took second place with a team score of 105 points, earning a trip to the NCAA III Championships for the 16th time in school history, which ranks fourth on the NCAA III list. Singer was Calvin's top individual finisher at the regional, placing 11th with a time of 21:46. Next was junior Camille Medema (Grand Rapids, Mich.) in 16th place with a time of 22:01. Rooney came in third for the Knights and 22nd overall, with a time of 22:16.6. Holtrop and Overbeck finished in 27th and 29th place overall while Schlabach and Edwards were 36th and 43rd. Singer, Medema, Rooney, Holtrop and Overbeck earned spots on the Great Lakes All-Region team.

At the national meet hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, Calvin placed 17th with a team score of 419 points. Singer was Calvin's top individual finisher, placing 68th with a time of 23:34.

Men's Golf
Under the direction of first-year head coach Brian Bolt, the Calvin men's golf team took fifth in the final MIAA standings. The Knights were led by junior Jeff TenBrink (Kalamazoo, Mich.), who took seventh in the final MIAA individual standings with a season average of 75.6 strokes per round. TenBrink's average was a new Calvin single-season record, breaking the previous mark of 76.0 strokes per round set by Phil Rietema in 2003. TenBrink also earned a spot on the All-MIAA second team. Freshman Brad Tindall (Vicksburg, Mich.) also cracked the top 15 in the MIAA individual standings, placing 14th with an average of 78.4 strokes per round.

Women's Golf
Led by head coach Jerry Bergsma, the Calvin women's golf team took eighth place in the final MIAA standings. Senior Annie Huizenga (Hudsonville, Mich.) led the Knights throughout the year, finishing seventh in the final MIAA individual standings with an average of 86.2 strokes per round. Her average was a new Calvin single-season record, breaking her own school mark by more than three strokes. Earlier in the fall, Huizenga captured medalist honors at the Calvin-Hope Invita-tional for the second straight year, firing a round of 81 at the Thornapple Pointe Golf Club. Huizenga also earned a spot on the All-MIAA second team.

Senior Margaret Tassaro (Carnegie, Pa.) was Calvin's second-best finisher, placing 22nd individually with an average of 92.2 strokes per round, which ranks as the seventh-best average in Calvin women's golf history. Junior Abby Stemler (Elk River, Minn.) was 30th in the final MIAA standings with an average of 100.2 strokes per round.

Men's Soccer
Under the leadership of head coach Chris Hughes, the Calvin men's soccer team advanced to the NCAA III Tournament for the second straight year as the Knights received an at-large bid to the national tournament. During the regular season, Calvin took second in the MIAA standings, posting an 11-3-0 conference mark. Calvin finished the regular season on a high note, handing Hope its only conference defeat of the year, winning by a score of 4-0 in Holland. The victory was Calvin's first at Hope since 1999. Calvin then picked off Kalamazoo 5-0 in its regular-season finale and earned a bid to the NCAA III Tournament the following evening.

Joe Westra
Joe Westra

Calvin opened NCAA III Tournament play with a 4-0 victory over Edgewood College (Wisconsin) to advance to a second-round game at second-ranked and unbeaten Ohio Wesleyan University. Under the lights of Ohio Wesleyan's Roy Rike Field, Calvin upset the Battling Bishops 2-1 on a pair of second-half goals by senior Kurt Visker (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Calvin was then chosen to host the sectional round, and in its Sweet 16 game against Fredonia State of New York, battled the Blue Devils to a 0-0 double-overtime tie on a field surrounded by snow. The game ended in a penalty kick shootout, with Fredonia State winning the shootout 3-2. Calvin finished its 2005 campaign with a 17-4-2 overall record.

Visker was named to the All-MIAA first team for the fourth straight year, becoming just the seventh individual in MIAA men's soccer history to achieve the feat. Calvin senior Peter Malefyt (Lansing, Ill.) and junior Nick Capisciolto (Hudsonville, Mich.) joined Visker on the All-MIAA first team. Named to the All-MIAA second team from Calvin were seniors Joe Westra (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Levi Kool (Holland, Mich.) and junior Maurice Wright (Wauwatosa, Wis.).

Capisciolto finished the year with 17 assists, matching a Calvin single-season re-cord while also ranking him third nationally in assists-per-game average.

Visker was then named to the Great Lakes All-Region first team while Malefyt landed a spot on the second team and Capisciolto a spot on the third team. Finally, Visker was named a first team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, becoming the first player in Calvin men's soccer history to receive All-American honors in back-to-back years.

Women's Soccer
Led by head coach Mark Recker, Calvin captured its first MIAA title since 1997 and advanced to the NCAA III Tournament for the first time since 1998. Calvin finished the year with an overall record of 16-3-2 and an MIAA mark of 15-1-0. Calvin opened the year with a Labor Day weekend trip to San Diego, Calif. While there, Calvin fell to nationally ranked Azusa-Pacific 2-1 but came back to defeat host Point Loma Nazarene 2-1. Calvin shared the final MIAA title with Hope as the two rivals split a pair of conference matches.

Calvin picked up the MIAA's automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament, however, based on head-to-head goal differential against Hope, as Calvin had defeated Hope 2-0 and Hope had defeated Calvin 2-1. In the NCAA III Tournament, Calvin met 12th-ranked Ohio Wesleyan University in a four-team regional hosted by Otterbein College in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. Calvin battled Ohio Wesleyan to a 2-2 double-overtime tie with junior Jill Capel (Hudsonville, Mich.) scoring both goals for the Knights. The game then advanced to a penalty kick shootout, with Ohio Wesleyan winning the shootout 6-5.

Capel was later named the MIAA's Most Valuable Player after winning the MIAA scoring title for the second straight year. She also earned a spot on the All-MIAA first team for a third straight year, as did junior teammate Sarah Weesies (Kalamazoo, Mich.), who finished second to Capel in the league scoring race. Freshman Elizabeth Ribbens (Tinley Park, Ill) joined her teammates on the All-MIAA first team. Senior Kara Zuidema (Escondido, Calif.), junior Tricia DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and freshman Ashley Bolen (Urbana, Ill.) were named to the All-MIAA second team. In addition, Capel was named to the Great Lakes All-Region third team.

Capel finished 17th nationally in points-per-game average (2.62) while Weesies finished 20th (2.48). Capel also finished 28th in goals per game (1.00) and 24th in assists per game (0.62).

As a team, Calvin finished with the nation's fourth-best scoring offense with an average of 4.14 goals per game. Calvin also finished 18th nationally in shutout percentage (0.67) and 24th in winning percentage (.810).

Women's Volleyball
Guided by head coach Amber Warners, the Calvin women's volleyball team captured its third MIAA title in the last five years, advanced to the NCAA III Tournament for the second straight year and reached the 30-win mark for the first time since 1995. Calvin finished the year with a 30-9 overall record, winning 13 of its final 14 matches. During the year, Calvin captured the title of its own Midwest Invitational, upsetting nationally ranked Ohio Northern and then defeating rival Hope in a thrilling four-game match. One week later, Calvin and Hope met again, but this time in the MIAA Tournament Championship finals in Holland and the result was a thrilling five-game Calvin victory. The victory gave Calvin the MIAA's automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament.

volleyball team

In the national tournament, Calvin opened with victories over Hiram (Ohio) and Millikin (Illinois) before falling to fourth-ranked Wittenberg University (Ohio) in a national semi-quarterfinal match. Calvin senior Christine Hendricks (Cincinnati, Ohio) was a catalyst for the Knights, landing a spot on the All-MIAA first team and the Great Lakes All-Region team. She was later named a Division III honorable mention All-American.

Calvin junior Lorilyn Vogel (Orange City, Iowa) and sophomore Katie Zondervan (Lakewood, Calif.) joined Hendricks on the All-MIAA first team. Junior Molly Krikke (Greenwich, Ohio) and freshman Lauren DeGroot (Tulare, Calif.) were both named to the second team, with DeGroot receiving MIAA Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors. Over the course of the year, Zondervan established a new Calvin single-season record for assists (1,840) and a new Calvin single-match record for service aces (14). In addition, Vogel established a new Calvin single-season record for kills (601) and DeGroot a new Calvin single-season mark for digs (697).

Calvin also finished highly ranked in the final NCAA III statistics. Individually, Zondervan was ranked third in assists-per-game average (13.43), finishing just behind Veronica Stephens of Austin College in Texas (13.46) and Megan Taylor of Hiram (13.49). Krikke also placed 39th in blocks per game (1.31) while Vogel finished 21st in kills per game (4.39). As a team, Calvin led the nation in assists per game, with an average of 14.65. Calvin also placed 31st in blocks per game (2.74) and 25th in hitting percentage (.254).