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Kamp named NCAA III Freshman of the Year

Rebecca Kamp

Calvin College freshman Rebecca Kamp received two of the highest honors awarded by the American Volleyball Coaches Association this fall. A native of Orland Park, Ill., Kamp was named the AVCA Division III National Freshman of the Year and also an AVCA Division III First Team All-American. Kamp was honored with both awards at the NCAA III Championships this fall on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.

A graduate of Chicago Christian High School, Kamp is the first individual in Calvin history to receive AVCA Division III Freshman of the Year honors. She is also the first freshman in Calvin history to receive AVCA Division III All-American honors.

A 6-1 middle-hitter, Kamp was a two-time AVCA Division III National Player of the Week this fall and was named the most valuable player and freshman of the year in the MIAA. In addition, she was named to the AVCA Division III Great Lakes All-Region team and was named the Great Lakes Regional Freshman of the Year.

Heading into NCAA III Tournament competition, Kamp was ranked second nationally in kills-per-set, fifth in hitting percentage and 18th in blocks-per-set. Kamp finished the 2008 season with an attack percentage of .400 and a kills-per-set average of 4.87, establishing new Calvin single-season records in both categories. During the year, Kamp finished with 20 kills or more in a match 11 times, including a season-best 30-kill effort in a September 27 match against Adrian. Kamp helped the Knights finish 26-5 this fall, second in the final MIAA standings with a 14-2 conference record. The Knights also entered the AVCA Division III Top 25 rankings early in the season. Calvin concluded its season with a four-set loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater in NCAA III Tournament. The tournament appearance was Calvin’s 18th overall and its fifth straight.

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