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2011 fall sports recap: men's soccer returns to NCAA III championship

The men’s soccer team, led by head coach Chris Hughes, had an historic season, capturing its fifth consecutive MIAA regular-season title, finishing with a league record of 11-2-1. In doing so, Calvin became the first team in MIAA men’s soccer history to claim at least a share of five straight MIAA regular-season crowns. The Knights also advanced to the NCAA III Tournament for the fifth straight year and for the seventh time under Hughes.

Regular season highlights included a 2-1 non-conference win over Wheaton at home in mid-September and a pair of conference victories over rival Hope as the Knights defeated the Flying Dutchmen 2-0 in Grand Rapids and 1-0 in Holland with the win at Hope coming in front of more than 3,000 fans.

Calvin later advanced to the NCAA III Final Four for the second time in three years, defeating Carthage College (Kenosha, Wis.) and Loras College (Dubuque, Iowa) in the regional round before traveling to Redlands, Calif., for the sectional round of the tournament. Playing in front of a large contingent of Calvin alumni at the University of Redlands, Calvin edged Redlands 5-3 in a penalty kick shootout in a sectional semifinal game. In the national quarterfinals, Calvin defeated the University of Texas-Tyler 3-2 in double-overtime, scoring the game-tying goal with four minutes left in regulation and then winning the game a minute-and-a-half into the second overtime with junior Trevor Bushhouse (Wheaton, Ill.) scoring the game-winning goal.

Calvin featured a balanced scoring attack led by sophomore Zach Willis (Grandville, Mich.) was who was named to the All-MIAA first team along with senior Miles Colago (Anoka, Minn.), juniors Dan Nederhoed (Kentwood, Mich.) and Nick Holtrop (Hudsonville, Mich.) and freshman Dino Duratovic (Caledonia, Mich.). Named to the All-MIAA second team from Calvin were senior Justin Ahearne (Hudsonville, Mich.) and juniors Chris Nance (Washington, Mich.) and Michael Dolan (Casco, Mich.).

Colago was later named a second team Capital One Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America, becoming the fifth individual in Calvin men’s soccer history to receive the honor.

The women’s soccer team was led by veteran head coach Mark Recker. The Knights finished 10-10 overall and tied for fourth place in the MIAA regular season standings with Hope with a 10-6-0 conference record. A youthful Calvin team opened the year by dropping its four non-conference games—all against nationally ranked opponents but then began to build momentum, winning four of its next five games. Season highlights included a 3-1 win at Kalamazoo and a 3-2 win at rival Hope in the second-to-last game of the season.

Calvin featured a strong scoring attack led by junior Liz Cancel (Fraser, Mich.), who notched 33 points on the strength of 14 goals and five assists. Freshman forward Sam Osterhaven (Caledonia, Mich.) also had a big impact with 10 goals, five assists and 25 points. The midfield was paced by junior Francesca Smith (Bloomington, Ind.) and sophomore Danielle Carter (DeWitt, Mich.). Smith had six goals, seven assists and 19 points while Carter hard four goals, four assists and 12 points.

At the conclusion of the season, Cancel and Smith were both named to the All-MIAA first team while Carter was named to the All-MIAA second team. Cancel finished third in the MIAA scoring race with 29 points while also finishing third in goals with 12. During the league season, she notched at least one point in 12 of a possible 16 league games.

The defending national champion women’s volleyball team finished 33-1 on the year, holding a number-one ranking throughout the regular season before suffering its only loss to eventual national champion Wittenberg University in the Great Lakes Regional final in four sets at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena.

During the year, Calvin claimed its second straight MIAA regular season title while also winning its eighth MIAA tournament title.

Calvin also captured titles at tournaments hosted by Thomas More College (Crestview Hills, Ky.) and Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio). In the tournament at Wittenberg, Calvin defeated the host Tigers in a thrilling five-set match. Calvin later posted an impressive four-set win against nationally ranked Carthage College (Kenosha, Wis.) at Calvin’s own Midwest Challenge in mid-October. Carthage later advanced to the NCAA III Final Four.

In addition, Calvin swept all four meetings against rival Hope, defeating the Flying Dutch twice in the MIAA regular season, then again in the MIAA tournament finals and finally in the second round of the NCAA III Tournament.

Calvin senior middle-hitter Rebecca Kamp (Orland Park, Ill.) was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player for the third time in four years and also landed a spot on the All-MIAA first team for the fourth straight year. She was joined on the All- MIAA first team from Calvin by junior outside hitter Lizzie Kamp (Orland Park, Ill.) and sophomore setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Seniors Erin VanderPlas (Cadillac, Mich.) and Renee DeHaan (Grand Rapids, Mich.) were both named to the All-MIAA second team.

Rebecca and Lizzie Kamp along with Rietema and VanderPlas were all named to the Great Lakes All-Region team. Head coach Amber Warners was also named the Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year, receiving the award for the second time in her career. During the season, she collected her 300th coaching victory at the collegiate level.

Rebecca Kamp and Rietema were later named first team All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association of America while Lizzie Kamp was named a second team All-American and VanderPlas an honorable mention All-American. Rebecca Kamp was named the AVCA Division III National Player of the Year becoming the first individual in MIAA women’s volleyball history to be so honored. Kamp finished her career as one of only two individuals in Division III history to be named a first team All-American four straight years. She finished the season among the nation’s leaders in hitting percentage, blocks, kills and points.

In addition, assistant coach Laura Bindon was named the Division III National Assistant Coach of the Year. Bindon has been an assistant coach at Calvin since 2003. Finally, both Rebecca and Lizzie Kamp were named to the Capital One Academic All-District teams in volleyball and were both eligible for Capital One Academic All-America honors.

Led by head coach Brian Bolt, the men’s golf team finished in sixth place in the final MIAA fall standings, placing 24 strokes behind Adrian and 24 strokes ahead of Albion. Calvin’s top team finish came at the fifth MIAA Jamboree of the year which was hosted by Trine University on September 24. At the MIAA Jamboree, Calvin took first place with a team score of 294 strokes. At an MIAA Jamboree hosted by Hope two days later, Calvin junior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids, Mich.) claimed MIAA tournament medalist honors with a round of 71.

The finish by Kuiper helped propel him to a first-place finish in the final MIAA individual standings, averaging 74.6 strokes-per-round through eight league rounds. Kuiper finished three strokes ahead of his next competitor. His average ranks as the second-best single-season MIAA average in Calvin men’s golf history, surpassed only by the 2010 average of 74.5 strokes-perround recorded by Jess Hendriksma. For his efforts, Kuiper was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Golfer. Kuiper is the first individual from Calvin since Dave Tuls was so honored in 1965.

Kuiper was also named to the All-MIAA first team while Calvin junior Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo, Mich.) was named to the All-MIAA second team. Sarkipato finished 10th in the final MIAA individual standings with an average of 77.2 strokesper- round.

Under the direction of head coach Jerry Bergsma, the women’s golf team posted its top league finish since 1994, placing fourth in the final MIAA regular-season standings. With the finish, Calvin qualified for the first-time for the 54-hole MIAA spring tournament, which determines the league’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA III Tournament. During the MIAA fall season, Calvin finished with a season average of 350.4 strokes-per-round, breaking the previous Calvin single-season record by nearly 23 strokes. Sophomore Carlia Canto (Marysville, Mich.) led Calvin with a league average of 82.7 strokes-per-round, which was good for seventh place in the final MIAA standings and earned her a spot on the All-MIAA second team. Her season average was a new Calvin single-season record, breaking the previous mark of 86.2 set by Annie Huizenga in 2005. Junior Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids, Mich.) also had a big year, finishing with a singleseason average of 84.0 strokes-per-round which ranks second on the Calvin career list. Doezema was also selected to the All-MIAA second team.

At the MIAA fall tournament, Canto finished seventh with a 36-hole score of 164 (81-83) that landed her a place on the all-tournament team. Also of note, freshman Jaclyn Richert (Port Huron, Mich.) finished 17th in the final MIAA individual fall standings with an average of 89.0 strokesper- round that ranks seventh on the Calvin career single-season list.

The men’s cross country team led by head coach Brian Diemer captured its 25th consecutive MIAA title. Calvin took first place at the MIAA Jamboree in September with 16 points and then posted a first-place score of 18 points at the MIAA championships in late October. Senior Dan Kerr (Petoskey, Mich.) was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Runner after placing first at the MIAA championships with a time of 24:52. Kerr was one of four Calvin runners in the top five and one of seven Calvin runners in the top 10. Junior Matt VanderRoest (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was second (24:58) with junior Greg Whittle (Galesburg, Ill.) third (25:08). Senior Rhett Morici (St. Charles, Ill.) was next in fifth (25:25) followed by junior David VandeBunte (Byron Center, Mich.) in seventh (25:29), senior Alex Wrobel (Arden Hills, Minn.) in eighth (25:37) and junior Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, N.H.) in 10th (25:38).

Named to the All-MIAA first team from Calvin were Kerr, VanderRoest, Whittle, VandeBunte, Morici and Christiansen. Sophomore Sam Kerk (Hartland, Wis.) was named to the All-MIAA second team.

At the Great Lakes Regional meet in mid-November at Oberlin College (Ohio), Calvin took first place with a team score of 38 points, claiming its 16th straight regional crown in the process. Kerr again led the way, finishing third in a time of 24:47 while VanderRoest was fifth (24:52), Whittle eighth (25:03), VandeBunte 10th (25:09), Morici 12th (25:21), Wrobel 20th (25:42) and Christiansen 33rd (26:02). All seven Calvin finishers were named to the Great Lakes All-Region team.

At the NCAA III championships the following week in Oshkosh, Wis., Calvin placed 11th with 352 points. The Knights garnered a pair of All-America berths as Kerr placed 21st and VanderRoest 22nd. The All-America finishes were the first for Kerr and VanderRoest.

The women’s cross country team was also under the direction of head coach Brian Diemer. The Knights finished second in the final MIAA standings behind rival Hope, snapping a six-year MIAA championship streak. Calvin took first place at the MIAA Jamboree in September with 27 points but Hope came back to nip the Knights at the MIAA championships in late October by a three-point margin. Hope scored 43 points at the conference finals; Calvin was second with 46. The finish allowed Hope to claim the overall league title as the conference meet is worth two-thirds of the final league crown.

Senior Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, Ill.) took first place at the MIAA championships with a time of 21:42 and was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Runner for the second straight year. Also placing in the top 10 at the MIAA championships were junior Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids, Mich.) in fifth (22:19) and senior Kaitlin Diemer (Caledonia, Mich.) in 10th (22:29).

Hoekstra was named to the All-MIAA first team along with Penning and Diemer. Named to the All-MIAA second team from Calvin was sophomore Alyssa Oram (Cheboygan, Mich.).

At the Great Lakes Regional meet in November at Oberlin College, Calvin rebounded to take first place with a team score of 69 points, finishing ahead of three other nationally ranked teams. Hoekstra led the charge by placing second with a time of 21:33 while Penning was eighth (21:58), Diemer 10th (22:02), Oram 12th (22:12), sophomore Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland, Mich.) 38th (22:43), freshman Sarah Danner (Watkins Glen, N.Y.), 49th (22:55) and senior Eva Kort (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 72nd (23:22). Hoekstra, Penning, Diemer and Oram were all named to the Great Lakes All-Region team while head coach Brian Diemer was named the Great Lakes Region Women’s Coach of the Year.

At the NCAA III Championships the following week in Oshkosh, Wis., Calvin placed 13th with a team score of 399 points. Hoekstra highlighted the day for the Calvin women’s team, placing 14th individually with a time of 21:24 to claim her first-ever All-America citation. Also finishing in the top 100 were Kaitlin Diemer in 63rd (22:03) and Penning in 99th (22:17).