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Volleyball Falls to Hope in Five Sets in Front of NCAA III Regular Season Record Crowd of 2,725 Fans

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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By Calvin Sports information student assistant Andrew Knot

After losing the previous match-up at the DeVos Fieldhouse in three sets, the Knights volleyball squad set out to turn the tables against the fifth ranked Flying Dutch of Hope College.  In that attempt, Calvin had a record crowd behind them, setting an NCAA III regular season single match attendance record inside of Calvin’s Van Noord Arena.  Calvin’s bid for a share of the league lead in the MIAA standings came up short on Wednesday night however as the Knights dropped a five-set match to Hope 25-22, 22-25, 25-27, 25-12, 15-6.

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1986 National Runner-Up Volleyball Team Reunites at Calvin-Hope Volleyball Match

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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Karla Wolters Honorary Knight Announcement

(editors note: members of the 1986 National runner-up Calvin volleyball team including head coach Karla Wolters reunite this evening and were recognized in between sets two and three).

By Calvin Sports Information Director Jeff Febus

Topping a 37-4 season is no easy task for any volleyball team but the 1986 Calvin women’s volleyball team did just that and then some. In 1986, the Knights under the direction of head coach Karla Wolters put together a season like no other team in Calvin or MIAA history before, ripping off a 38-2 campaign that did not end until a heartbreaking five-game loss to the University of California at San Diego in the National Finals. The 38 win total is still a high water mark for any MIAA volleyball team as is the national runner-up finish.

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Volleyball Pulls Out Five-Set Thriller at Alma

Saturday, October 24, 2009

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ALMA – Calvin remained in the MIAA title hunt with an epic five-set victory at Alma on Saturday afternoon at Alma’s Cappaert Gymnasium. After falling behind two sets-to-one, Calvin pulled out a 26-24 win in set four and an 18-16 win in set five.

Calvin is now 3-0 in five-set matches this year, having also defeated Trine in five sets in an MIAA match and Southwestern of Texas in a non-conference tilt.

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Volleyball Defeats Adrian and Raises Money for Cancer In Dig For a Cure Event

Friday, October 23, 2009

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The nationally-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team defeated Adrian 25-9, 25-8, 25-8 on Friday at the Van Noord Arena and in the process, raised over $2,000.00 for the American Cancer Society.

Friday’s match was part of the AVCA Dig for Cure cause and both Calvin and Adrian wore pink stockings and headwear during the match to raise awareness for breast cancer. In addition, Calvin raised over $2,000.00 as the Knights took in pledges for each dig it recorded in the match as well as direct donations. Calvin posted 43 digs in Friday’s victory, raising a total of $1,040.00 on digs
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Calvin Volleyball/Hockey Teams To Raise Cancer Awareness & Funds for Cancer Research Friday Night

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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GRAND RAPIDS—The Calvin women’s volleyball team and the Calvin ACHA hockey team will be raising cancer awareness and funds for cancer research Friday night.

The volleyball team will be participating in the Dig for a Cure drive, sponsored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association during its home match with Adrian Friday at the Van Noord Arena at 6:30 p.m. As part of the evening’s events, players from both teams will be wearing pink uniform attire. Calvin volleyball players have been accepting pledges for the drive with all donations going to the American Cancer Society. Pledges include donations for each dig recorded by a player as well as direct donations and pledges for the drive.

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Volleyball Rolls To 25-19, 25-19, 25-11 Win Over Trine

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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(Written by sports information student assistant Andrew Knot)

Led by a big-blocking defense and aggressive serving, the Knights of Calvin College found lightning in a bottle and handedly defeated the Trine University Thunder on Tuesday Oct. 20 in the Van Noord Arena. 

Calvin swept the Thunder in three sets, a much more convincing result than the 5-set barnburner between the schools at Trine earlier in the season.  Calvin also won that match. 

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Calvin Women’s Volleyball 3-1 at Elmhurst Invitational

Saturday, October 17, 2009

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ELMHURST, IL - 11th-ranked Calvin posted a 3-1 record at the Elmhurst Invitational this weekend, defeating Loras (IA) and Elmhurst on Friday before splitting a pair of matches on Saturday with Calvin defeating Widener (PA) and falling to North Central (IL).

Calvin is now 17-5 overall.

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Vander Plas and Bruskewitz Receive MIAA Player of the Week Honors in Volleyball

Monday, October 12, 2009

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  –  The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin outside hitter Erin VanderPlas its Player of the Week and Calvin setter Nora Bruskewitz its Specialty Player of the Week in volleyball for the week ending October 11.

VanderPlas, a sophomore from McBain (Northern Michigan Christian HS), delivered 28 kills for a hitting percentage of .566 in leading the Knights to a 3-0 record in MIAA matches for the week. She had 12 kills in a sweep of Kalamazoo, and 11 kills with a hitting percentage of .786 in a sweep of Saint Mary’s. VanderPlas, who is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in her career, added 12 digs, five blocks and three service aces for the week.

Bruskewitz, a senior from Milwaukee, Wis. (Milwaukee Lutheran HS), dished out 111 assists (12.3 per set) in Calvin’s three matches for the week. She added 11 digs and four blocks as Calvin swept Saint Mary’s, Albion and Kalamazoo to remain within striking distance of first place in the MIAA. Bruskewitz is being honored as Specialty Player of the Week for the first time in her career.

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Volleyball Defeats Kalamazoo In Three Straight in Front of Calvin Homecoming Crowd

Saturday, October 10, 2009

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(written by Calvin sports information student assistant Mitch Blankespoor)

The 11th ranked Calvin volleyball team was up for the challenge of the Kalamazoo Hornets Saturday at Van Noord Arena in front of a Calvin Homecoming crowd.  The Knights defeated the Hornets in three sets by a score of 25-14, 25-17, 25-22.

Calvin did this with a balanced offensive attack.  Sophomore Rebecca Kamp led the Knights with 14 kills and sophomore Erin VanderPlas added 12 kills.  Sophomore Renee DeHaan and freshman Lizzie Kamp each totaled 6 kills.

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Volleyball Sweeps Saint Mary’s

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

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NOTRE DAME, IN – The 11th-ranked Calvin volleyball team improved to 12-4 overall and to 7-1 in the MIAA with a 25-13, 25-22, 25-21 victory at Saint Mary’s Tuesday night.

Calvin hit .405 as a team including .500 in set two and .417 in set three. The Knights were paced by the frontcourt trio of sophomores Rebecca Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS), Erin VanderPlas (Cadillac/McBain Christian HS) and Renee DeHaan (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) with Kamp and VanderPlas collecting 11 kills apiece while DeHaan had eight kills. VanderPlas had a sizzling .786 attack percentage while DeHaan hit at a .462 clip.

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