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.
Friday, November 01, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Calvin volleyball hosted the Hornets of Kalamazoo College on Friday evening for an MIAA contest. Not only was the match the final regular season game for the Knights, but it was also Senior Night as Calvin’s two seniors, Kristin Zietse and Megan Rietema, were honored at Van Noord Arena. Calvin made it a happy senior night, defeating Kalamazoo 25-11, 25-14, 25-13. The win gives the Knights a share of the MIAA regular season championship with Hope. Calvin also clinches the top seed for the MIAA Tournament as the Knights own a tie-breaker edge over Hope due to total sets won and lost in the two matches played against each other this fall. Calvin’s MIAA title is its fourth straight and sixth under current head coach Amber Warners. It is also the 19th in program history – the most in MIAA volleyball history.Calvin know looks forward to the MIAA tournament which will be held at Van Noord Arena with semifinals slated for Friday and the final scheduled for Saturday. Calvin will take on fourth-seeded Saint Mary’s in the second semifinal Friday night at 7:30 p.m. with second-seeded Hope taking on third-seeded Trine in the first semifinal Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
ADRIAN - Calvin maintained a share of first place in the MIAA standings with a 25-23, 25-19, 25-20 victory at Adrian Tuesday night. Ranked second nationally, Calvin is now 26-1 overall and 14-1 in the MIAA. The Knights remain tied for first place with Hope which also moved to 14-1 in league play on Tuesday, defeating Kalamazoo in straight sets.Sophomore Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) pounded home 14 kills to lead the Knight attack. Freshman Laura Danhoff (Willard, OH/Willard HS) had seven kills while senior setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had six kills, 31 assists, six digs and six blocks. Junior Emily Crowe (Granger, IN/Mishawaka Penn HS) added six block assists.Senior Kristen Zietse (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had 10 digs from the back row. Junior Elise Biesboer (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) chipped in with nine digs.As a team, Calvin had 10 total blocks. Calvin will close out its MIAA regular season campaign on Friday when it hosts Kalamazoo at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Story by Brett Venhuizen
The number-two ranked Knights took a three-set home match against the Belles of St. Mary’s. Calvin improves to 25-1 overall by scores of 25-14, 25-7, 25-16. The Knights showed almost no weaknesses in this match with a .414 kill percentage and seven total team blocks. Calvin also racked up nine service aces.The Knights were led in kills by Emily Crowe (Granger, IN; Mishawaka Penn) and Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL; Chicago Christian) both players had ten. Kamp also added 6 digs and 5 service aces. Crowe tacked on 2 blocks as well. Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids, MI; Grand Rapids Christian) and Ellie Diepersloot (Madera, CA; Chowchilla) both had 7 kills, while freshman Laura Danhoff was just behind them with 6. Megan Rietema led all players with 34 assists on the night. Kristen Zietse (Grand Rapids, MI; Grand Rapids Christian) led in digs with 11 while sophomore Jamie Kooiman (Eugene, OR; South Eugene) had 9. The Knights improve to 13-1 in MIAA play and will resume play next Tuesday the 29th of October at Adrian College.
Friday, October 18, 2013
The top-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team suffered its first defeat of the season, falling at second-ranked Hope Friday night by scores of 25-17, 22-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-7. Calvin (24-1 overall, 12-1 MIAA) held a 21-20 lead in set four but Hope (24-1 overall, 11-1 MIAA) scored five of the final six points and then used the momentum to take control in set five. Serving proved crucial in the match as Calvin committed 15 service errors while Hope came up with 10 service aces. Calvin received 16 kills from sophomore Maggie Kamp, 15 kills from freshman Laura Danhoff and a near triple-double performance from senior setter Megan Rietema. Rietema tallied nine kills, 39 assists and 13 digs. Junior Stacey Kamp chipped in with seven kills while senior Kristen Zietse had 12 digs. The victory by Hope snapped an eight-match losing streak against Calvin and was its first against the Knights since the 2010 MIAA Tournament finals. Calvin will now break until next Wednesday when it hosts Saint Mary’s at 6 p.m. at Van Noord Arena.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Calvin improved to 24-0 overall and to 12-0 in the MIAA with a 25-21, 25-13, 25-10 victory over the visiting Thunder of Trine University Tuesday night inside Van Noord Arena. Ranked number-one in the country, Calvin hit .375 as a team and picked up steam as the match went along. Calvin hit .220 in set one but proceeded to hit .469 in set two and .522 in set three. Sophomore Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) had 13 kills, 12 digs and a hitting percentage of .478. Freshman Laura Danhoff (Willard, OH/Willard HS) had nine kills, three blocks and a .316 hitting percentage. Juniors Ellie Diepersloot (Madera, CA/Chowchilla HS) and Emily Crowe (Granger, IN/Mishawaka HS) had eight kills apiece. Senior setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had 31 assists and seven digs. Senior Kristen Zietse (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had 14 digs and a pair of service aces. The match sets up a showdown between the top two ranked teams in Division III volleyball Friday night at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse as Calvin will travel to number-two ranked Hope for a 6:30 p.m. match. Hope is currently 23-1 overall with its only loss coming to Calvin back on September 17
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Maggie Kamp, a sophomore outside hitter for No. 1 Calvin College, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week. It was another dominate week for the Knights, notching another five wins, all in straight sets, with four of them coming against teams ranked in the top-15 of the AVCA Coaches Poll. After nailing 14 kills on .520 hitting in the sweep over Olivet, she went on to tally an additional 55 combined kills, 20 digs and 11 blocks in the next four matches over No. 7 Mount Union, No. 13 Wittenberg, No. 6 Elmhurst and No. 15 Chicago. In her final three matches of the week she never hit lower than .400, finishing with a 15-kill performance and a .517 hitting percentage over the Maroons. For the week, the sophomore averaged 4.6 kills, 1.47 digs and one block per set to go along with her .382 hitting percentage. Also of note, in 86 reception attempts she recorded just two errors, which came in one match against Wittenberg. This is the seventh time a student-athlete from Calvin has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week, with the most recent coming from her sister Rebecca Kamp on September 20, 2011. The Knights are coached by Amber Warners.< 1 2 3 4 5 > Last »