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Calvin College Athletics Program to Join Nation-wide Division III Partnership With Special Olympics

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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NCAA Division III Special Olympics Website

By sports information student assistant Andrew Knot

As part of the Division III National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Calvin athletics recently joined a Division III partnership with the United States’ Special Olympic Committee, adding a valuable opportunity to the athletic department’s already service-driven outlook. The SAAC is an NCAA organization tiered at the national, conference, and school level.  The national, and governing, branch of the organization, seeks to “to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image,” according to the organization’s website. 

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Calvin Picked as Preseason Favorite in MIAA Volleyball Coaches’ Poll

Monday, August 22, 2011

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2011 Calvin Women's Volleyball Preview

The first-ever MIAA coaches’ poll in women’s volleyball has been announced and Calvin has been selected as the preseason choice to win the 2011 MIAA title. The Knights received eight first place votes in the poll while Hope received one first place vote. The Flying Dutch, who received the other first place vote, were picked to finish second in the poll. Alma was selected to finish third, followed by Kalamazoo, Olivet, Trine, Adrian, Saint Mary’s and Adrian.

2011 MIAA Preseason Volleyball Poll Results:
1. Calvin (8) 8 pts. 2. Hope (1) 16. 3. Alma 24. 4. Kalamazoo 30. 5. Olivet 38. 6. Trine 39. 7. Adrian 50. 8. Saint Mary’s 55. 9. Albion 64.

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Women’s Volleyball Ranked Number-One in AVCA Division III Pre-Season Top 25 Poll

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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AVCA Division III Top 25 Pre-Season Poll

The defending national champion Calvin women’s volleyball team will enter the 2011 season as the number-one ranked team in Division III volleyball. The Knights are ranked number-one in the Division III Top 25 pre-season poll released by the American Volleyball Coaches Association late this afternoon. The Knights received 36 of a possible 37 first place votes. A year ago, Calvin captured its first-ever national title, defeating Emory University (Ga.) in four sets in the national final, finishing 32-4 overall. Emory University is ranked second in the pre-season Top 25 poll and garnered the other first place vote. Washington University (Mo.) - the 2009 national champion - is ranked third in the pre-season poll while Christopher Newport (NC) is ranked fourth and Wittenberg (Oh.) fifth.

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2011 Calvin Women’s Volleyball Preview

Saturday, August 13, 2011

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2011 Calvin Volleyball Schedule

By Sports Information Student Assistant Mitch Blankespoor

The 2010 Calvin volleyball season is best described as an up and down season.  The lowest point of the 2010 season came on November 6th at the DeVos Fieldhouse.  The Knights had just been beat in straight sets by the Hope College Flying Dutch in the MIAA Tournament Final. “Right after that match, I doubted our team’s ability to win a big match.  But after we talked in the locker room, I could see the desire in the girl’s eyes.  We didn’t want our season to end.” Head coach Amber Warners recalled. She proved to be right, and the high point of Calvin’s season came sixteen days later on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.  The Knights hoisted the NCAA III national championship trophy after a four set victory over top ranked Emory University (GA).

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Women’s Volleyball Team Receive Team Academic Award from American Volleyball Coaches Association

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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AVCA Team Academic Award Recipients

The Calvin women’s volleyball team has achieved success on the court. Now the Knights are being recognized for their success in the classroom. For the second straight year, the Calvin women’s volleyball team has received the Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
During the 2010-11 academic year, the Calvin volleyball team achieved a cumulative team grade point average of 3.451.

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The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announ

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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MIAA Academic Honor Roll

The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 111 Calvin scholar-athletes have been named to the list. The honor roll recognizes scholar-athletes who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2010-11 academic year. A student needed to have won a varsity letter in a sport to be eligible. The MIAA Academic Honor Roll program was initiated in 1990 to recognize students at MIAA member colleges who excel both in athletics and in the classroom. This year’s Honor Roll includes several students who achieved the distinction four consecutive years.
Of the students, 10 are from Calvin.

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Nine Calvin Teams Receive MIAA Team GPA Award

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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MIAA Team GPA Hono Roll

Nine Calvin College athletics teams have received the MIAA’s Team GPA Award for the recently completed 2010-11 academic year. The award, presented by the Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges recognizes conference athletic teams who achieved a 3.3 or better grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2009-10 academic year. Seven of Calvin’s women’s teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award while the men’s cross country team and men’s golf teams also achieved the feat. Calvin teams that received the honor this year include: the women’s cross country team, women’s soccer team, men’s cross country team, women’s volleyball team, women’s track and field team, women’s tennis team, women’s swimming and diving team, men’s tennis team and women’ basketball team.

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Calvin Finishes Fifth in Final Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Standings

Friday, June 17, 2011

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2010-11 Director's Cup Final Division III Standings

For the 16th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, finishing fifth in the nation in Division III in 2010-11 with a total of 762.25 points. Calvin’s point total and its (placement) finish is its highest-ever in the 16 years of the competition. Calvin is one one of only six schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level. Joining Calvin in that elite group are Williams, Mass., Amherst, Mass., Middlebury, Vt., the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga. Williams College, Mass., defended its title as the best athletics program in the nation in Division III by winning its 15th U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup with 1,147 points.

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Amber Warners Honored by Sports Illustrated in Faces in the Crowd Section

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd - 12/27/10

Calvin College head volleyball coach Amber Warners will be honored in the Faces in the Crowd section of the upcoming edition of Sports Illustrated. The Faces in the Crowd section for the December 27 issue can be found online at: Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd - 12/27/10

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2010 Calvin Spring and Fall Sports In Video Review

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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As 2010 begins to wind down, take a moment to enjoy a four-minute highlight video put together earlier this fall by Calvin Media Relations Manager Matt Kucinski. The video captures action of Calvin athletics from the 2010 spring and fall sports seasons. Included in the highlights are clips from the 2010 NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the 2010 MIAA women’s tennis tournament and several other events from the fall and spring.

2010 Spring and Fall sports highlights from Calvin College on Vimeo.

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