Thursday, April 11, 2013
The winter sports season was recently completed for NCAA Division III athletics and the latest set of Learfield Director’s Cup standings for Division III have been announced. Calvin is ranked ninth in the latest set of standings with 508 points. The Knights garnered 199.5 points during the recent winter sports season. The Learfield Director’sCup is based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA Championship events and is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to the best overall collegiate athletics program in the country. The Learfield Director’s Cup race is held at the NCAA I, II and III levels and also for NAIA institutions. Scoring points for Calvin during the winter season were the Calvin women’s basketball team (25 points), men’s basketball (64 points), women’s indoor track and field (47.5 points) and women’s swimming and diving team (63 points). During the fall sports season, Calvin produced 308.5 points as its men’s and women’s soccer teams, volleyball team and men’s and women’s cross country team all scored points. Calvin has now had nine of its 21 varsity sports teams score points in the Director’s Cup chase. The competition will conclude at the end of the spring sports season with a final set of standings set to be released in June.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
In Calvin athletics, what was the best play of the year? Who were the male and female newcomers of the year? What was the most exceptional performance in an individual event? Come to the arena on May 8 to find out. On Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the Van Noord Arena, the Calvin C Club welcomes student-athletes, coaches and fans of the Knights to an evening of celebrating Calvin athletics. There will be desserts and refreshments, trophy displays, a “Year in Review” video and the presentation of 13 awards, culminating in the Tiemersma and Beré Awards for female and male athlete of the year. Registration for current Calvin student-athletes is available through their coaches, and registration for all others is available online now! Cost is just $10 for guests (reduced to $5 for current students and C Club members). Business attire is desired.
Don’t miss this historic first-ever night of Calvin athletic awards—RSVP by May 1!
Monday, March 11, 2013
Calvin College holds the lead in the latest set of MIAA Commissioner’s Cup standings as well as in the standings for the MIAA Men’s and Women’s All-Sports Awards. Calvin has a first place total of 147 points in the MIAA Commissioner’s Cup standings with Hope second with 126 points. In the men’s individual (all-sports) standings, Calvin has 68 points with Hope second with 56 points. In the women’s individual (all-sports) standings, Calvin has 79 points with Hope second with 70 points. This year, Calvin has captured nine MIAA regular season championships, winning league titles in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s swimming and diving.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
TOWSON, Md. – Senior outside hitter Lizzie Kamp of Calvin College leads the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division III Volleyball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Kamp has been chosen as the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year award winner for Division III volleyball. The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012-13 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program. An accounting major with a 3.69 G.P.A., Kamp is making her second appearance on the Capital One Academic All-America® Volleyball team after earning second team honors as a junior in 2011. A native of Orland Park, Ill., Kamp followed in her older sister’s footsteps when she was named as the 2012 Division III National Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). A two-time AVCA All-American, Kamp led the Knights to a 33-3 record and a runner-up finish in the NCAA Championship Division III Tournament. This marks the second straight year that a member of the Kamp family has been named as the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year for Division III volleyball. Her older sister, Rebecca Kamp of Calvin won the award last year. A three-time selection to the All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association first team, Lizzie Kamp was honored as the league’s Player of the Year in 2012. She finished the season with 528 kills and ranked fifth in the nation with 4.43 kills per set.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
The latest set of Division III Learfield Director’s Cup standings have been released and Calvin has taken over the lead with 308.50 points. The latest set of standings include the sports of men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s field hockey and volleyball. Middlebury (Vt.) is in second with 306.5 points. Calvin received 90 points from its national runner-up women’s volleyball team and men’s cross country team and 56 points from its women’s cross country team that placed 18th at the NCAA III Championships. In addition, Calvin picked up 50 points from its women’s soccer team that reached the second round of the NCAA III Tournament and 25 points from its men’s soccer team that reached the first round of the NCAA III Tournament. Calvin had been in second place in the first set of standings released two weeks ago but has since moved up to first place due to points gained through its men’s and women’s soccer teams.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The first set of Division III Learfield Director’s Cup standings have been released and Calvin is currently in second place with 233.50 points. The first set of standings include the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, women’s field hockey and volleyball. Middlebury leads the standings with 256.50 points. Calvin received 90 points from its national runner-up women’s volleyball team and men’s cross country team and 56 points from its women’s cross country team that placed 18th at the NCAA III Championships last weekend. The Learfield Director’s Cup is based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA Championship events and is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to the best overall collegiate athletics program in the country. The Learfield Director’s Cup race is held at the NCAA I, II and III levels and also for NAIA institutions.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The final AVCA Division III Top 25 poll has been released and Calvin is ranked second in the final poll. National champion St. Thomas is the top-ranked team while Christopher Newport is ranked third, Elmhurst fourth, Wittenberg fifth, Emory sixth, Hope seventh, Washington-St. Louis eighth, Puget Sound ninth and Cal Lutheran 10th. Against teams ranked in the final top 10, Calvin posted a 7-3 record this fall. Against teams ranked in the final AVCA Division III Top 25 poll, Calvin posted an 11-3 record this season.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Lexington, Ky. (November 21, 2012) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has announced that Calvin College head women’s volleyball coach Amber Warners has been selected as the 2012 AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year. It marks the second time in three years that Warners has received the honor as she also received the award in 2010. She will officially receive the award at the Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, December 13. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2012 AVCA Annual Convention.
In her 11th year at the helm of the Calvin women’s volleyball program, Warners has built a Division III powerhouse, leading the Knights to nine consecutive NCAA Tournaments. In 2012, Calvin once again proved it was one of the top teams in the nation, reaching the national championship match for the second time in three seasons, falling to the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) at Hope College after winning it all in 2010. Entering the NCAA Tournament,Calvin was ranked No. 1 in the nation and never fell below a No. 3 ranking the entire year.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The past weekend marked a landmark for Calvin women’s athletics as the Calvin women’s volleyball team not only participated in the NCAA III Championship finals at Hope College - but did so in front of an NCAA III Finals record crowd of 3,517 fans. The record crowd comes during the 40-year anniversary of Title IX. Calvin Director of Women’s Athletics Dr. Nancy Meyer witnessed Saturday’s record crowd and reflected on the event in an opinion feature piece on the Grand Rapids Press/Mlive.com website. To read her opinion feature, please visit the Mlive website at: Nancy Meyer Mlive.com Opinion Piece
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
HOLLAND, MI – The Calvin College women’s volleyball team fell short in its bid for a second national title in three seasons. Down two sets to none, the University of St. Thomas Tommies came back to win a thrilling five set match in from of a record crowd of 3,517 fans by scores of 13-25, 17-25, 25-18, 25-16, 15-9.The Tommies were led by Greenfield, who was later named the NCAA III Tournament’s Most Valuable Player, and Kelly Foley. Each recorded 14 kills. Sarah Atkinson hit a .455 clip while recording 12 kills. Calvin was led by Crowe, who hit a .407 clip while scoring 14 kills. Junior setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) dished out 45 assists. Lizzie and Maggie Kamp each recorded 12 kills. Calvin finishes its season with a record of 33-3 and a national runner-up finish. The senior class for the Knights, consisting of Kim Start (Grand Rapids Christian), Lizzie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian), Jen Pluymert (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian), Julia Hilbrands (Grand Rapids Christian), Kelly Gordon (Caledonia/South Christian), Becca Ratkov (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay), Kim Start (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) and Megan Korber (Gilford, NH/Gilford) leave the Calvin volleyball program as the most successful class in program history. With a career record of 124-15, this group of seven women impacted the program on and off the court.
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