Friday, December 13, 2013
The latest set of Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall sports standings have been released and after an outstanding fall sports campaign, Calvin College stands in fourth place with 269 points. Williams (Mass) leads the standings with 376 points with Middlebury (Vt.) second with 310 points and Trinity (Tx.) third with 281 points. Calvin picked up 100 points from its women’s volleyball team that captured the national championship last month in Holland, Michigan. Calvin also received 72 points from its women’s cross country team that placed seventh at the NCAA III Championships, 50 points from its women’s soccer team that reached the second round of the NCAA III Tournament and 47 points from its men’s cross country team that finished 27th at the NCAA III Championships.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The NCAA has awarded NCAA III women’s basketball and women’s volleyball championships to the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan for the 2014-18 seasons. Calvin College will host the following championships:
Women’s Basketball / 2015
Women’s Volleyball / 2015
Women’s Basketball / 2017
Women’s Volleyball / 2017
This will mark the first time since 1988 that Calvin has hosted an NCAA III Championship final. Calvin hosted the NCAA III Finals in men’s basketball from 1982-to-1988 at the Calvin College Fieldhouse. In 1977, Calvin also hosted the NCAA III Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In 1986, Calvin hosted the NCAA III Finals in women’s volleyball.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
ALBION, Mich. – David L. Neilson, the commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association since 2002, has announced he will retire from the position at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. The announcement of Commissioner Neilson’s retirement came Tuesday from Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College and vice chairwoman of the MIAA Presidents’ Council. He is the eighth and third-longest serving commissioner in the MIAA’s 126-year history. Commissioner Neilson and his wife, Karen, live in Royal Oak. They have four children and five grandchildren. The MIAA is the nation’s oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Mary’s College and Trine University.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Calvin College sophomore Maggie Kamp has become the third member of her family to be named a Capital One Academic All-American in women’s volleyball. A native of Palos Heights Illinois, Maggie Kamp was named to the Capital One Division III All-America second team earlier today by the College Sports Information Directors Association of America (CoSIDA). A year ago, her sister Lizzie Kamp was named the Capital One Division III Academic All-American of the Year. In 2011, her oldest sister Rebecca Kamp was also named the Capital One Division III Academic All-American of the Year. Combined the Kamp sisters have now received Capital One Academic All-America honors five times with Lizzie doing so in 2011 (2nd team) and 2012 (first team) and Rebecca achieving the feat in 2009 and 2011. She is the second Calvin athlete to receive Capital One Academic All-America honors this fall as Travis Vegter of the Calvin men’s soccer team was also so honored last month. Calvin has now had its athletes receive CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America accolades 105 times including 73 times in the last 17 years. Calvin currently ranks sixth on the all-time NCAA Division III list for CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
For the second time in four years, the Calvin women’s volleyball team has captured the national championship!! The Knights did so in dramatic style at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse, overcoming a two-sets-to-none deficit to win a 20-25, 12-25, 25-22, 25-17, 20-18 thriller. Playing in front of more than 3,300 fans, Calvin overcame an 11-8 deficit in the fifth set to win the match. Calvin took the lead at 13-12 and then had six championship point opportunities before finally putting away the win with a kill down the near sideline by senior Megan Rietema. Cal Lutheran (35-2) had one match point at 16-15 but the Knights fought it off with a kill by sophomore Maggie Kamp. Kamp finished with a team-high 27 kills and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. She was joined on the all-tournament team from Calvin by Rietema and senior Kristen Zietse. The national championship is the 10th in Calvin athletics history, joining the national title won by the 2010 volleyball team as well as crowns won in women’s cross country (1998 and 1998), men’s cross country (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006) and men’s basketball (1992, 2000).
Friday, November 22, 2013
Story By Mark DeHaan/Photo by Rob Kurtycz
The Calvin women’s volleyball national semifinal matchup on Friday provided fans with a rematch of the 2010 National Championship between the Knights and the Eagles of Emory University. Calvin defeated Emory in four sets in 2010. On Friday, the Knights again defeated the Eagles, this time in three sets at 25-17, 25-21, 25-22. With the win, Calvin advances to the national championship final for the third time four years. Calvin will face #3 Cal Lutheran in the national championship final at 7 p.m. at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. Tickets will be on sale at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena box office 9am-1pm on Saturday with student tickets on sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Van Noord Arena Box Office. Calvin’s win over Emory marks the fifth consecutive year that a Calvin fall sports team has reached the national final with the volleyball team doing so in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and the men’s soccer team achieving the feat in 2009 and 2011.
Friday, November 22, 2013
The Calvin women’s volleyball team will take on Cal Lutheran in the NCAA III finals Saturday at 7 p.m. at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. There are three ways to follow the action:
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Story by Mark DeHaan/Photo by Rob Kurtycz
The Knights returned to the DeVos Fieldhouse in Holland for the second straight year, reaching quarterfinal play in the NCAA III tournament. Calvin’s national quarterfinal opponent was the Beacons of the University of Massachusetts-Boston.The Knights entered play with a record of 32-1. The Beacons came in at 24-15, but had played the second toughest schedule in the nation, facing nine NCAA Tournament teams in the regular season. UMass-Boston also came in as one of the youngest teams, with 14 underclassmen on its roster, including nine freshman. In the end, Calvin’s experience was too much for the Beacons as the Knights claimed a four set victory 25-23, 25-13, 24-26, 25-18 to advance to the national semifinals. Calvin will face seventh-ranked Emory University in the first semifinal on Friday evening at 5 p.m. (EST). Emory (34-4) swept Eastern University earlier on Thursday 25-23, 25-18, 25-20, to advance. The semifinal encounter will be a rematch of the 2010 NCAA III Finals won by Calvin in four sets. Tickets for the Calvin/Emory match will be on sale at Calvin’s Covenant Fine Arts Center box office 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Friday.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Calvin College senior setter Megan Rietema has been named the Division III National Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The award was announced this evening at a pre-nationals banquet hosted by Hope College in the school’s Haworth Center. A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Rietema is the third consecutive Calvin volleyball player to receive the honor as former teammates Rebecca Kamp (2011) and Lizzie Kamp (2012) were previously so honored by the AVCA. The award completes a pair of career bookends for Rietema as she was named the AVCA’s Division III National Freshman of the Year in 2010.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Senior Megan Rietema and sophomore Maggie Kamp have been named first team Division III All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. In addition, junior Emily Crowe had been named a third team Division III All-American by the AVCA. The awards were announced this morning. All three players will be honored at an awards banquet Wednesday night in Holland on the campus of Hope College. Rietema is receiving AVCA Division III All-America honors for the third consecutive year while Kamp and Crowe are receiving All-America accolades for the first time.2 3 > Last »