Thursday, November 14, 2013
The Great Lakes All-Region volleyball teams have been selected and five members of the Calvin College volleyball team have receive regional accolades.Seniors Megan Rietema and Kristen Zietse along with junior Emily Crowe and sophomore Maggie Kamp have been named to the Great Lakes All-Region team. Freshman Laura Danhoff has been named the Great Lakes Region Freshman of the Year and has also been named a Great Lakes All-Region honorable mention recipient.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The Calvin women’s volleyball team has regained the number-one spot in the AVCA Division III Top 25 rankings. After three weeks in the number-two spot, Calvin has leap-frogged rival Hope for the top spot.Calvin received 47 of a possible 48 first place votes with Hope receiving the other first place tally. Hope is ranked second in this week’s poll. This past Saturday, the two rivals met for the third time this year with Calvin pulling out a come-from-behind five-set win in the MIAA Tournament finals at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena.During the regular season, Calvin defeated Hope in Grand Rapids while Hope defeated Calvin in Holland. Calvin will host an eight-team NCAA III Regional tournament this weekend and will face Penn State-Behrend Thursday night in an 8 p.m. first round match. Calvin will be one of four nationally-ranked teams in the regional field as 10th-ranked Mount Union, 12th-ranked Wittenberg and 20th-ranked Chicago are all part of the field.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Four Calvin fall sports teams will be in action this weekend. The Calvin women’s volleyball team will host an eight-team Great Lakes Regional Thursday, Friday and Saturday while the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country programs will host the Great Lakes Regional Championships Saturday at the Gainey Athletic Complex. In addition, the women’s soccer team will compete at a four-team NCAA III Regional hosted by Washington University of St. Louis. To find out more about each competition, visit the regional tournament/championships website listed below:
Monday, November 11, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin right side hitter Stacey Kamp its Position Player of the Week and Calvin libero Kristen Zietse its Specialty Player of the Week in volleyball for matches played through November 9. Kamp, a junior from Orland Park, Ill. (Chicago Christian HS), had a .474 hitting percentage during the MIAA tournament in leading the Knights to victories over Saint Mary’s and Hope. She had seven kills for a team-best .500 attack percentage and added six assists in the Knights’ five-set win over the Flying Dutch in the tournament championship match. Kamp is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Zietse, a senior from Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids Christian HS), had 32 digs and only one error in 40 serve reception chances during the MIAA tournament as Calvin defeated Saint Mary’s and Hope to win the tournament. She led the Knights with a team-high 20 digs in the tournament championship match against Hope. Zietse is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in her career.
Monday, November 11, 2013
The Calvin women’s volleyball team will host an eight-team NCAA III regional Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Van Noord Arena. Calvin (29-1) will face Penn State-Behrend (22-8) in a first round match on Thursday at 8 p.m.. Other first round matches will see Wittenberg (23-8) going up against Bluffton (16-18) at 12:30 p.m., Chicago (26-10) going up against Buffalo State (25-9) at 3 p.m. and Mount Union (30-4) going up against Carnegie Mellon (25-9) at 5:30 p.m.. Thursday’s winners will play in regional semifinals on Friday with the regional final set for Saturday. Match times and ticket prices will be announced later Monday afternoon. Calvin is making its 10th consecutive trip to the NCAA III Tournament and its 23rd appearance overall. The Knights are 33-23 all-time in NCAA III Tournament play. A year ago, Calvin reached the NCAA III finals before falling to St. Thomas in a five-set match. In 2010, Calvin claimed the NCAA III title, defeating Emory University in four sets in the title tilt.
Rietema, Zietse and Danhoff Win MIAA Volleyball Awards - Calvin Players Named to All-MIAA Vball Team
Sunday, November 10, 2013
The Calvin volleyball team picked up a complete sweep of the three major postseason awards presented by the MIAA Saturday night. Calvin senior setter Megan Rietema was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player while senior libero Kristen Zietse was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Defensive Player. In addition, Calvin freshman middle-hitter Laura Danhoff was named the MIAA’s Freshman of the Year. In addition, Rietema has been named to the All-MIAA first team for the fourth straight year. She is just the seventh individual in MIAA history to be a four-time first team All-MIAA selection. She is also the fourth from Calvin to do so, joining Leah Calsbeek (1983-1986), Katie Zondervan (2004-2007) and Rebecca Kamp (2008-2011). Joining Rietema on the All-MIAA first team from Calvin are sophomore Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) and Zietse. They are both receiving first team All-MIAA accolades for the first time. Danhoff was named to the All-MIAA second team and was joined on the second team by Calvin junior Emily Crowe (Granger, IN/Mishawaka Penn HS).
Sunday, November 10, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
A triple feature of Calvin-Hope MIAA Championship contests accumulated in an evening matchup between the top two volleyball teams in Division III. With a Hope victory in men’s soccer and a Calvin win in women’s soccer, volleyball was set up as the rubber match between the two long-time rivals. Like anyone would expect between two highly ranked and skilled teams, the match came down to the wire, with Calvin claiming the five-set victory, 20-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-15, 15-12. With the win, second-ranked Calvin (29-1) advances to the NCAA III Tournament for the 10th consecutive year. The match marked the second consecutive year the two rivals have gone to five sets in the MIAA Tournament final. Calvin is now 9-2 against Hope in the MIAA Tournament.
Friday, November 08, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin women’s volleyball team hosted the Belles of Saint Mary’s in the second MIAA Tournament semi-final matchup on Friday evening. In the first contest between #2 Hope and #3 Trine, also played at Van Noord Arena, the Flying Dutch prevailed 25-20, 25-15, 25-18. Calvin, the top seed in the MIAA tournament, defeated Saint Mary’s, the fourth seed, in both of their regular season meetings. And, in similar fashion, with a three-set 25-11, 25-15, 25-20 sweep of the Belles on Friday evening, Calvin advanced to the MIAA Tournament Final against Hope which will be played Saturday at Van Noord Arena. Calvin held the Belles to a .051 hitting percentage while hitting .315 as a team. Junior Ellie Diepersloot and sophomore Maggie Kamp paced the Calvin attack with 10 kills apiece, while freshman Laura Danhoff tallied eight. Senior Megan Rietema dished out 27 assists while adding 9 kills and 6 digs. Senior Kristi Zietse led the Knights with 12 digs.
Friday, November 08, 2013
Calvin College sophomore Maggie Kamp has been named the Division III Capital One Academic All-District team in volleyball. As a member of the Capital One All-District 6 team, Kamp is now eligible for Capital One Academic All-America consideration. Kamp carries a 3.91 grade point average. She is majoring in business and graphic design. Kamp has been a two-time MIAA Player of the Week this fall and was named Division III National Player of the Week once. She is among the nation’s leaders kills-per-set (4.19) and points-per-set (4.78). She also carries a hitting percentage of .333. She is the third member of her family to receive Capital One Academic All-District honors as older sisters Rebecca and Lizzie Kamp were both so honored and subsequently earned Capital One Academic All-America Honors. Kamp is part of a Calvin volleyball team that is currently 27-1 overall and ranked second in the nation. The Knights host the MIAA Tournament this weekend and will face Saint Mary’s College tonight at 7:30 p.m. inside Van Noord Arena.
Monday, November 04, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin setter Megan Rietema its Specialty Player of the Week in volleyball for matches played through Novmeber 2. Rietema, a senior from Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids Christian HS), dished out 67 assists (11.2 per set) and added 11 kills, 13 digs and seven blocks as the Knights claimed a share of the MIAA championship with a pair of victories for the week. She had 31 assists, six kills, six blocks and six digs in a sweep of Adrian, then added 36 assists, five kills and seven digs in a sweep of Kalamazoo. Rietema is being honored as Player of the Week for the fourth time this season and 12th time in her career. Calvin will host the MIAA Tournament this Friday and Saturday with the semifinals set for Friday at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. and the finals slated for 4 p.m. On Friday, Hope will face Trine at 5:30 with Calvin and Saint Mary’s to follow at 7:30 p.m.< 1 2 3 4 > Last »