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Knights to Remember Event Planned for February 8 to Honor National Championship Volleyball Team

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Knights to Remember Live Video Stream

A special program to honor Calvin’s 2013 NCAA III Volleyball champions will take place on Saturday, February 8 inside Van Noord Arena. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a desert reception followed by the main event program at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend with ticket prices listed as $10.00 for adults, $6.00 for students and individuals ages 5-18. Students will be allowed to come to the event FREE OF CHARGE in the upper bowl at 7:30 p.m. when the main program begins. The event will also be show via live stream video at: Knights To Remember Live Video Stream

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Calvin Volleyball Coach Amber Warners Named AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year

Thursday, December 19, 2013

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SEATTLE, Wash. (December 19, 2013)  - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Calvin College Head Women’s Volleyball Coach Amber Warners has been selected as the 2013 AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year. In her 12th year as head coach, the Calvin graduate has maintained her outstanding record, leading her team to another remarkable run in their tenth consecutive NCAA Tournament. With an astounding record of 35-1, the Knights ended the season as the top-ranked team in the AVCA Division III Coaches Top-25 Final Poll. In their second consecutive NCAA Championship match appearance, the team managed to overcome a two-set deficit against Cal Lutheran to win their second national title in four years.  After falling to the University of St. Thomas in the national championship match in a similar situation in 2012, they were determined to have a different outcome this year. The team did not get to this match easily, having to defeat two AVCA Top-25 teams in high-intensity five-set matches in the semi and quarterfinals.

Amber Warners Speech from Calvin College on Vimeo.

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Megan Rietema Named DIII Volleyball Nominee for Collegiate Women’s Sports Award

Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Collegiate Women's Sports Awards Release

Megan Rietema, a senior from Calvin College, was named the 2014 DIII Woman of the Year nominee for volleyball as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda. She is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DIII Woman Athlete of the Year honor. This will be voted on at the end of the academic year by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of THE CWSA program, now in its 38th year. Rietema, a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III National Player of the Year and led Calvin to the 2013 NCAA DIII Championship title. She was also a member of the program’s first Championship squad in 2010. The four-year starter is a three-time first-team AVCA All-American. All sports nominees from DIII and DII become a finalist for the prestigious 2014 CWSA Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in June. The sports nominees are recognized in 11 DIII and DII NCAA-sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer,softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.

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Calvin in Fourth Place in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Fall Sports Standings

Friday, December 13, 2013

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Learfield Directors' Cup Standings for 12-12-13

The latest set of Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall sports standings have been released and after an outstanding fall sports campaign, Calvin College stands in fourth place with 269 points. Williams (Mass) leads the standings with 376 points with Middlebury (Vt.) second with 310 points and Trinity (Tx.) third with 281 points. Calvin picked up 100 points from its women’s volleyball team that captured the national championship last month in Holland, Michigan. Calvin also received 72 points from its women’s cross country team that placed seventh at the NCAA III Championships, 50 points from its women’s soccer team that reached the second round of the NCAA III Tournament and 47 points from its men’s cross country team that finished 27th at the NCAA III Championships.

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Calvin Selected to Host NCAA III Finals in Women’s Basketball & Women’s Volleyball in 2015 & 2017

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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NCAA Championships Announcement

The NCAA has awarded NCAA III womenís basketball and womenís volleyball championships to the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan for the 2014-18 seasons. Calvin College will host the following championships:

Womenís Basketball / 2015
Womenís Volleyball / 2015
Womenís Basketball / 2017
Womenís Volleyball / 2017

This will mark the first time since 1988 that Calvin has hosted an NCAA III Championship final. Calvin hosted the NCAA III Finals in menís basketball from 1982-to-1988 at the Calvin College Fieldhouse. In 1977, Calvin also hosted the NCAA III Menís Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In 1986, Calvin hosted the NCAA III Finals in women’s volleyball.

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MIAA Commissioner David Neilson to Retire at Conclusion of 2013-14 Academic Year

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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ALBION, Mich. Ė David L. Neilson, the commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association since 2002, has announced he will retire from the position at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. The announcement of Commissioner Neilsonís retirement came Tuesday from Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College and vice chairwoman of the MIAA Presidentsí Council.  He is the eighth and third-longest serving commissioner in the MIAAís 126-year history. Commissioner Neilson and his wife, Karen, live in Royal Oak. They have four children and five grandchildren. The MIAA is the nationís oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Maryís College and Trine University.

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Maggie Kamp Named Capital One Academic All-American in Women’s Volleyball

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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CoSIDA.com Academic All-America Volleyball Announcement

Calvin College sophomore Maggie Kamp has become the third member of her family to be named a Capital One Academic All-American in women’s volleyball. A native of Palos Heights Illinois, Maggie Kamp was named to the Capital One Division III All-America second team earlier today by the College Sports Information Directors Association of America (CoSIDA). A year ago, her sister Lizzie Kamp was named the Capital One Division III Academic All-American of the Year. In 2011, her oldest sister Rebecca Kamp was also named the Capital One Division III Academic All-American of the Year.  Combined the Kamp sisters have now received Capital One Academic All-America honors five times with Lizzie doing so in 2011 (2nd team) and 2012 (first team) and Rebecca achieving the feat in 2009 and 2011. She is the second Calvin athlete to receive Capital One Academic All-America honors this fall as Travis Vegter of the Calvin men’s soccer team was also so honored last month. Calvin has now had its athletes receive CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America accolades 105 times including 73 times in the last 17 years. Calvin currently ranks sixth on the all-time NCAA Division III list for CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans.

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THEY DID IT AGAIN!!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

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Box Score

For the second time in four years, the Calvin women’s volleyball team has captured the national championship!! The Knights did so in dramatic style at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse, overcoming a two-sets-to-none deficit to win a 20-25, 12-25, 25-22, 25-17, 20-18 thriller. Playing in front of more than 3,300 fans, Calvin overcame an 11-8 deficit in the fifth set to win the match. Calvin took the lead at 13-12 and then had six championship point opportunities before finally putting away the win with a kill down the near sideline by senior Megan Rietema. Cal Lutheran (35-2) had one match point at 16-15 but the Knights fought it off with a kill by sophomore Maggie Kamp. Kamp finished with a team-high 27 kills and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. She was joined on the all-tournament team from Calvin by Rietema and senior Kristen Zietse. The national championship is the 10th in Calvin athletics history, joining the national title won by the 2010 volleyball team as well as crowns won in women’s cross country (1998 and 1998), men’s cross country (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006) and men’s basketball (1992, 2000).

Postmatch Press Conference

Photo Gallery by Rob Kurtycz

Holland Sentinel Coverage

Mlive.com Story

WOOD-TV 8 Coverage

NCAA.Com Video Recap

Calvin/Calvin Lutheran Full Video Replay

Amber Warners Postmatch Audio Interview

Kristen Zietse Audio Interview

Megan Rietema Audio Interview

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Volleyball Advances to National Final With Semifinal Win Over Emory

Friday, November 22, 2013

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Box Score

Story By Mark DeHaan/Photo by Rob Kurtycz

The Calvin women’s volleyball national semifinal matchup on Friday provided fans with a rematch of the 2010 National Championship between the Knights and the Eagles of Emory University. Calvin defeated Emory in four sets in 2010. On Friday, the Knights again defeated the Eagles, this time in three sets at 25-17, 25-21, 25-22. With the win, Calvin advances to the national championship final for the third time four years. Calvin will face #3 Cal Lutheran in the national championship final at 7 p.m. at Hopeís DeVos Fieldhouse. Tickets will be on sale at Calvinís Van Noord Arena box office 9am-1pm on Saturday with student tickets on sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Van Noord Arena Box Office. Calvin’s win over Emory marks the fifth consecutive year that a Calvin fall sports team has reached the national final with the volleyball team doing so in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and the men’s soccer team achieving the feat in 2009 and 2011.

Calvin/Emory Postmatch Press Conference

NCAA.com Story on Megan Rietema

Mlive.com Match Story

Holland Sentinel Story

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Follow Calvin Volleyball in NCAA III Championship Final Saturday Night

Friday, November 22, 2013

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The Calvin women’s volleyball team will take on Cal Lutheran in the NCAA III finals Saturday at 7 p.m. at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. There are three ways to follow the action:

Live Stats Scoreboard

Live Audio Broadcast

Live Video Stream

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