Return to the Calvin homepage Return to the Knightfile homepage  
All things
 
A Calvin 'fit'
By Lynn Bolt Rosendale

When Molly Krikke came to Calvin three years ago, she just wanted to “fit in” with the volleyball team. Fitting in has hardly been a problem for the 5-foot-11 middle hitter from Greenwich, Ohio, who was recently named the MIAA's MVP in volleyball.

“I was looking for a place where I'd be able to have fun playing volleyball,” Krikke said. “Achieving that has made it possible to achieve all the other things over the last few years.”

Molly KrikkeEvery year that Krikke has been a part of the team, the Knights have received a berth in the NCAA tournament. Reaching the Sweet 16 has been the team's best run in the four-year stretch.

“It's been great,” Krikke said. “We've had a lot of success, but looking back the things I'll remember the most are the funny things that have happened to our team. Just recently we were at practice and all of our hits were hitting the top of the net, and we were getting so frustrated. Then we discovered that the net was set up four inches too high. It's the random little things like that more than the big achievements that are special.”

While the random little things have added up to great memories, the big achievements are certainly a bonus.

Five times Krikke has been named the MIAA Player of the Week, and this year added National Player of the Week to her volleyball resume. Krikke was awarded the honor based on her play in victories over Kalamazoo, Hanover and St. Mary's.

Krikke tallied 30 kills in the victory over Kalamazoo and 23 each in the other two matches, averaging nearly six kills per game in the week of action.

This year's run in the NCAA III National Tournament was the most recent highlight for the senior accounting major. The Knights won their opening-round match over Wisconsin-La Crosse, but fell to host Carthage (Wis.) in the second round of tournament action to end the season at 30-5.

For her efforts, Krikke was named a second team All-American. She averaged 4.79 kills and 1.15 blocks per game this fall while recording a team-leading .319 attack percentage.

Krikke will return to the volleyball court next year, but not as a player. While pursuing her CPA in accounting, she will serve as a student coach for the team.

“I can't totally leave it yet,” she said of the coaching opportunity.

Krikke is glad that Calvin turned out to be the best fit for her. “I have valued my time at Calvin; I'd be equally as happy without the winning. It's the team and this place that makes it.”