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Volleyball Opens NCAA III Tournament Play With 25-21, 25-19, 25-14 Victory Over Otterbein

Thursday, November 11, 2010

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(Photo Courtesy of Wittenberg University)

By Calvin sports information student assistant Mitch Blankespoor

SPRINGFIELD, OH - The 10th-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team advanced to the second round of the NCAA III Tournament with a 25-21, 25-19, 25-14 first round victory over Otterbein College Thursday afternoon on the campus of Wittenberg University. Playing in its 20th NCAA III Tournament including its seventh straight, Calvin used strong blocking to stymie Otterbein’s offensive attack. Calvin finished with 15 total blocks including three solos from freshman Megan Rietema and two solos from junior Rebecca Kamp. Otterbein finished with a -.044 hitting percentage while Calvin hit at a .342 clip. With the win, Calvin advances to the second round to face either Heidelberg or Greenville College at 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon at Wittenberg’s Pam Evans Smith Arena.

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Wittenberg Regional Tournament Site

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Volleyball Receives Bid to NCAA III Tournament - To Face Otterbein in Regional Hosted by Wittenberg

Monday, November 08, 2010

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NCAA III Volleyball Tournament Bracket

The women’s volleyball team has received its 20th bid to the NCAA III Tournament. The Knights were selected as an at-large (Pool C) selection earlier today and will travel to an eight-team NCAA III Regional hosted by Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Calvin (26-4) will face Otterbein (26-6) in a first round match on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. The Calvin/Otterbein winner will advance to the second round Friday and will face the winner of a first round match between Heidelberg (32-5) and Greenville (26-5). Other first round matches have Hope (26-4) facing the University of Chicago (30-12) and Ohio Northern (19-12) facing host Wittenberg (30-2). In 19 prior trips to the NCAA III Tournament, Calvin has fashioned a won-loss record of 20-21 with one national runner-up finish and two fourth place finishes. Calvin will be facing Otterbein for the first time in NCAA III Tournament play. Calvin will be making its seventh consecutive NCAA III Tournament appearance - all under the watch of current head coach Amber Warners. Start times for Thursday’s first round matches will be announced later.

NCAA III Regional Tournament Site

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Rebecca Kamp Named MIAA MVP - Megan Rietema Named MIAA Freshman of The Year

Sunday, November 07, 2010

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The 2010 All-MIAA volleyball teams were announced at the conclusion of the MIAA Tournament Saturday afternoon and several Calvin players were honored. Junior Rebecca Kamp highlights the lead of Calvin honorees as she has been named the 2010 MIAA Most Valuable Player. She is joined on the All-MIAA first team from Calvin by younger sister Lizzie Kamp and freshman Megan Rietema. Rietema has also been named the MIAA’s Freshman of the Year. In addition, junior middle-blocker Renee DeHaan has been named to the All-MIAA second team.

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Volleyball Falls to Hope in Three Sets in MIAA Tournament Finals

Saturday, November 06, 2010

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By sports information student assistant Mitch Blankespoor

HOLLAND - Calvin’s five-year run as MIAA Tournament champions came to an end on Saturday as the seventh-ranked Knights were defeated by sixth-ranked Hope in the MIAA Tournament finals Saturday afternoon 25-14, 25-17, 25-14. Prior to Saturday, Calvin had won five straight MIAA Tournament titles including a four-set win at Hope a year ago but on Saturday, the Flying Dutch turned the tables by limiting Calvin to an .082 hitting percentage while Hope hit at a blistering .340 clip. With the win, Hope (26-4) gains the MIAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament while Calvin will await a possible at-large bid. The NCAA III Tournament field is expected to be announced Monday morning at 11 a.m. (EST) at: NCAA.com

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Healthy Rebecca Kamp Helps Brings Calvin Volleyball back to Full Strength

Friday, November 05, 2010

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By sports information student assistant Derek Neice

HOLLAND -  As the fall weather continues to get colder and conference tournaments take place across the country, it becomes a lot more vital for a sports team to maintain a healthy roster.  After having dealt with some illness issues in the middle of its conference schedule, Calvin’s volleyball team is healthy once again as the Knights make their way through the end of the season MIAA Tournament. Ranked 7th in the nation, Calvin will play in Holland for the MIAA title Saturday against Hope after defeating Alma in the semifinals. One key player that is back after having missed a stretch of three weeks this season, junior Rebecca Kamp, now gives this team an added dimension as the Knights transition into tournament play.

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Volleyball Advances to MIAA Tournament Finals to Face Hope

Friday, November 05, 2010

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HOLLAND - The seventh-ranked Calvin volleyball team advanced to the MIAA Tournament finals with a 25-23, 25-16, 20-25, 25-19 victory over Alma Friday night in the MIAA Tournament semifinals at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. Calvin will face host Hope in Saturday’s final at 4 p.m. Hope defeated Kalamazoo in Friday’s second semifinal match. Calvin’s victory over Alma was its third of the year over the Scots but took significantly more effort than Calvin’s three-set sweep over Alma this past Saturday at Van Noord Arena. Alma accumulated 68 digs in the match and forced Calvin to dig down deep to gain the win. Calvin trailed 6-1 in the fourth set but then went on a 15-5 scoring run to reverse the momentum and move on for the clinching fourth set win. Junior Erin VanderPlas had a season-high 16 kills and a .343 attack percentage for the Knights while junior Rebecca Kamp also had 16 kills. Sophomore Lizzie Kamp had 13 kills and 11 digs and junior Renee DeHaan eight kills and seven block assists. Freshman Mean Rietema had 48 assists and junior Kelly Peterson 18 digs. Saturday’s Calvin/Hope winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament next week.

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Rebecca Kamp Named to ESPN Academic All-District Second Team

Thursday, November 04, 2010

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ESPN Academic All-District Teams

Calvin College junior Rebecca Kamp has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV second team in women’s volleyball in the college division. The college division includes NCAA II and III schools as well as NAIA institutions. The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America program is organized and voted on by the College Sports Information Director’s Association (CoSIDA) of America.
Kamp carries a 3.88 grade point average while majoring in special education and minoring in mathematics.

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Volleyball Picks up First Round MIAA Tournament Win Over Adrian - To Face Alma in Semis

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

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In the third meeting between the two teams this season, #2 seed Calvin and #7 seed Adrian faced off again at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena Tuesday evening in a first round MIAA tournament match, with the #7 nationally ranked Knights defeating the Bulldogs in three sets (25-11, 25-13, 25-7).  The Knights were led by the Kamp sisters (Orland Park, IL) on the nets, with Becca and Lizzie finishing with 13 and 12 kills respectively. Calvin (25-3) will face Alma (18-11) in a semifinal match Friday night at 5:30 p.m. at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. Host Hope (24-4) will face Kalamazoo (19-9) in Friday’s second semifinal match. Friday’s winners will meet in the championship final on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament.

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Volleyball Captures Share of MIAA Regular Season Title With Win Over Alma

Saturday, October 30, 2010

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By sports information student assistant Andrew Knot

In their final regular season game, the Knights rattled off another three set victory against Alma on Saturday.  Ranked seventh nationally, Calvin (24-3 overall, 15-1 MIAA) won 25-17, 25-14, and 25-20, showing off some impressive front and back row defense. With the win, Calvin clinched a share of the final MIAA regular season title – Calvin’s first since 2007 and its 17th overall which leads all MIAA institutions. Calvin shares the final league crown with Hope which defeated St. Mary’s on Saturday to also finish 15-1 in league play.Calvin will hold the second seed for next week’s MIAA Tournament as Hope holds the tiebreaker edge over the Knights by virtue of defeating Calvin in three sets earlier this year while Calvin’s win over Hope was in four sets. Calvin will host Adrian in a first round MIAA Tournament match Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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Volleyball Moves Back Into First Place Tie in MIAA Standings With 3-0 Win Over Kalamazoo

Friday, October 29, 2010

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By sports information student assistant Andrew Knot

The Knights continued to roll in the MIAA, with another three set victory over Kalamazoo on Friday night.

In the first set, Calvin couldn’t pull ahead of the Hornets, and even trailed for much of the early portions of the set.  Kalamazoo went up 16-15 before Coach Amber Warners called a timeout to collect her team.  The Knights rattled off four consecutive points and took what looked to be a commanding lead, but Kalamazoo came back to tie the game at 20.  Calvin then opened a lead and finished the set with a 25-21 victory. Calvin then picked up a 25-14 win in set two and a clinching 25-17 win in set three. The Knights are now 14-1 in league play and once again, tied for the MIAA lead with Hope. Calvin will host Alma on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the regular season finale for both teams.

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