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Volleyball Advances to NCAA III Final Four With Win Over UMass-Boston

Friday, November 19, 2010

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(Photo by Danny Reise)

St. Louis, Mo., November 19, 2010 – The No. 10 Calvin College Knights advanced to the NCAA Division III volleyball semifinals for the fourth time in school history with a 3-1 (25-21, 25-10, 17-25, 25-17) win over No. 24 University of Massachusetts Boston in the quarterfinals of the 2010 NCAA Tournament on Friday, Nov. 19, at the Washington University Field House in St. Louis, Mo. The Knights will participate as a part of Division III volleyball’s Final Four for the first time since 1992, which was also the last time the championship was held at the Washington University Field House. Calvin will face No. 3 Juniata College in the national semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 3:30 p.m. Juniata swept No. 12 University of St. Thomas earlier on Friday.

NCAA Video Highlights

Post Match Press Conference

Calvin/UMass-Boston Photo Gallery

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One Stop Shopping Guide for Live Stats, Live Video and Live Audio for Busy Calvin Weekend

Friday, November 19, 2010

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Click on the headline above to find a list of links to live stats, live audio and live video coverage of a busy weekend of Calvin College sports.Live video coverage will include men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s basketball with audio coverage also included for men’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s basketball. Live Stats scoreboards will be included for men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and men’s soccer.

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Knight’s Volleyball Team Helps Out Community in St. Louis - Attends Championships Banquet

Thursday, November 18, 2010

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Erin Vander Plas / Kim Wigboldy Championships Banquet Speech

By Sports Information Student Assistant Mitch Blankespoor

ST. LOUIS, MO - The Calvin College women’s volleyball team has succeeded on the court this season.  They won a share of the MIAA conference championship for the first time since 2008.  They have reached the Elite Eight for the first time since 1992 with a stunning upset victory over 2nd ranked Wittenberg University at Wittenberg’s Pam Evan’s Smith Arena last week Saturday.  The Knight’s have not only succeeded on the court this year.  On Thursday afternoon, Calvin went to a crisis care nursery center in St. Louis to spend time with the kids there. The event was set up by the NCAA as part of its community service outreach program at NCAA Championship events. Later Thursday night, the team attended a championships banquet in downtown St. Louis where senior Kim Wigboldy and junior Erin Vander Plas gave a speech on behalf of the team.

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Rebecca Kamp Named First Team AVCA D3 All-American - Megan Rietema Named National Freshman of Year

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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2010 AVCA Division III All-America Teams

For the third consecutive year, Calvin College junior Rebecca Kamp has been named a first team Division III All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. A native of Orland Park, Illinois, and a graduate of Chicago Christian High School, Kamp is the first three-time AVCA All-American in Calvin history. In addition, Calvin freshman setter Megan Rietema has been named the AVCA’s Division III National Freshman of the Year, becoming the second individual in Calvin history to receive the honor. Rebecca Kamp also received the award in 2008. Joining Rietema on the AVCA Division III Honorable Mention All-America list is sophomore outside hitter Lizzie Kamp. She is receiving AVCA Division III Honorable Mention All-America honors for the second straight year.

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Volleyball Team Headed to St. Louis For Elite Eight Round of NCAA III Tournament

Monday, November 15, 2010

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The Calvin women’s volleyball team will open play in the Elite Eight Round of the NCAA III Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday when it faces the University of Massachusetts Boston at 4 p.m. (EST). Calvin will be joined at the national finals by New York University, Emory University, St. Thomas, Juniata College, Christopher Newport University and host Washington University. All of the pairings and matchups can be found on the Washington University website at: Washington University Tournament Site. A championships banquet will also be held on Thursday night at the St. Louis Ballpark Hilton. Tickets for the banquet are available to the public but must be purchase by 1 p.m. (EST) Wednesday (November 17). The tickets can be purchase online at: Purchase Tickets for NCAA III Volleyball Banquet

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Calvin Fall Sports Teams Establish New School Record

Sunday, November 14, 2010

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When the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams punched their tickets to the NCAA III Championships this past weekend at the Great Lakes Regional meet on Saturday, a new Calvin fall sports record was established. The men’s and women’s cross country teams were the fifth and sixth Calvin fall sports teams to earn spots in their respective NCAA III Championships competition, breaking the previous school record of five.

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NCAA III Tournament Opponents Set for Men’s Soccer and Women’s Volleyball Teams

Sunday, November 14, 2010

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The opponents in the next round of NCAA III Tournament competition are now set for the Calvin men’s soccer and Calvin women’s volleyball teams. The Calvin men’s soccer team (16-2-4) will face Wisconsin-Whitewater (14-2-3) in a Sweet 16 round game at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Sectional host Wisconsin-Oshkosh (18-0-3) will face Loras (16-6-1) in the other half of the four-team sectional bracket. Dates and times for the sectional tournament will be announced on Monday. In volleyball, Calvin (29-4) will face the University of Massachusetts Boston (29-4) in a national quarterfinal match on Friday at 4 p.m. (EST) at the Washington University Field House in St. Louis, Missouri.

NCAA III Men’s Soccer Tournament Interactive Bracket

NCAA III Volleyball Tournament Interactive Bracket

Washington University NCAA III Volleyball Tournament Site

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Women’s Volleyball Captures First Regional Title Since 1992 With Win Over 2nd-Ranked Wittenberg

Saturday, November 13, 2010

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Photos Courtesy of Wittenberg University

By Sports Information Director Jeff Febus and Sports Information Student Assistant Mitch Blankespoor

SPRINGFIELD, OH - The third time proved to be the charm for the Calvin women’s volleyball team. In a stunning upset, the 10th-ranked Knights defeated the second-ranked Wittenberg Tigers on their home floor in the regional final Saturday night by scores of 25-23, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23. With the win, Calvin (29-4) advances to the Elite Eight for the first time since the 1992 season. The Elite Eight will take place at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, which ironically is the same site that Calvin traveled to in 1992 when the Knights reached the NCAA III Final Four. Saturday’s match marked the third meeting between Calvin and Wittenberg in a regional final with the Tigers winning in 2005 (at Wittenberg) and in 2006 (at Calvin). The third meeting in the regional final proved to be a different story however as the Knights came out with determination from the outset, winning the first set with a five-point run after trailing 23-20.

Wittenberg Regional Site

NCAA III Interactive Bracket

NCAA Division III Regional Final- Wittenberg University from Wittenberg University on Vimeo.

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Volleyball Advances to Regional Final With Four-Set Win Over Top-Seeded Heidelberg

Friday, November 12, 2010

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(Photo Courtesy of Wittenberg University)

(Written by Sports Information Student Assistant Mitch Blankespoor)

SPRINGFIELD, OH - The Calvin College Knights volleyball team had seen this before.  They had won the first round of the NCAA Division III volleyball tournament in straight sets.  Last year, Calvin defeated Wittenberg in three sets only to fall to rival Hope in the second round.  This year’s team was determined to not meet the same fate.  The Knights were up against the number one ranked team in the region; Heidelberg College.  Calvin did not meet the same fate, as it rolled to a four set victory over “The Berg” by scores of 25-18, 16-25, 25-18, 25-19.  Calvin advances to the regional final where it will play host #2-ranked Wittenberg which defeated Hope in straight sets Friday nights.  Saturday’s regional final match will be played at 7:00 Eastern Standard Time at Wittenberg’s Pam Evans Smith Arena. Saturday’s match will mark the third time that Calvin and Wittenberg have met in a regional final with Wittenberg winning the two prior meetings – the first coming in 2005 at Wittenberg and the second coming in 2006 at Calvin.

Wittenberg Regional Tournament Site

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Calvin Volleyball Players Receive Great Lakes All-Region Volleyball Honors

Thursday, November 11, 2010

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Great Lakes All-Region Volleyball Team

Three members of the Calvin volleyball team have received Great Lakes All-Region honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Named to the Great Lakes All-Region team from Calvin are junior Rebecca Kamp, sophomore Lizzie Kamp and freshman Megan Rietema. Rietema has also been named the Great Lakes Region Freshman of the Year. As members of the Great Lakes All-Region team, all three Calvin players are now eligible for All-America consideration from the AVCA.

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