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Women’s Volleyball Survives Friday Night Scare at Albion

Friday, October 04, 2013

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ALBION - The top-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team received a Friday night scare at Albion before prevailing 25-9, 25-13, 22-25, 26-24. The Knights improve to 17-0 overall and to 9-0 in the MIAA. Calvin has now won 47 consecutive MIAA matches. Friday marked Calvin’s first lost set against an MIAA opponent since the MIAA Tournament finals last fall when the Knights outlasted Hope in five sets. Maggie Kamp led Calvin in the kill department with 18 - eight of which came in the clinching fourth set. Senior setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) just missed a triple-double with 42 assists, 10 kills and nine digs. Diepersloot was again a threat on the outside, recording 12 kills and a hiting percentage of .429. Freshman Laura Danhoff (Willard, OH/Willard HS) chipped in with seven kills. Senior libero Kristen Zietse (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) tallied 24 digs. Danhoff, Zietse and junior Elise Biesboer (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) tallied two service aces apiece. Calvin returns home to face Alma on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Van Noord Arena.

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Volleyball Finishes First Half of MIAA Season Unbeaten - Sweep Kzoo on Road

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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KALAMAZOO – The top-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team improved to 16-0 overall and to 8-0 in the MIAA with a 25-13, 25-21, 25-18 win at Kalamazoo Tuesday night. Maggie Kamp led Calvin offensively with 17 kills and eight digs while junior Ellie Diepersloot (Madera, CA/Chowchilla HS) had 10 kills and a match-high hitting percentage of .692. Senior Kristen Zietse (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had 17 digs while freshman Laura Danhoff (Willard, OH/Willard HS) had six kills and a pair of service aces. Senior setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was once again the fulcrum of the Calvin offense with 36 assists to go with eight digs.Calvin will now prepare to travel to Albion on Friday for a 6:30 p.m. match.

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Volleyball Sweeps Adrian to Remain Unbeaten on Season

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

The Bulldogs of Adrian visited Van Noord Arena for a conference volleyball contest Wednesday evening against the #1 ranked Knights. The two teams entered the game on opposite ends of the standings, with Calvin holding a 6-0 conference record at 14-0 overall while Adrian was 0-6 in the MIAA and 4-10 overall. Calvin recorded a 25-13, 25-11, 25-13 victory. Maggie Kamp led Calvin with 15 kills at a blistering clip of .444. Junior Emily Crowe added six while Danhoff, senior Megan Rietema, and junior Stacey Kamp all chipped in five. Rietema totaled 28 assists while senior Kristen Zietse had 16 digs. Danhoff ended the match with seven service aces.

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Volleyball Defeats Saint Mary’s to Stretch MIAA Win Streak to 44 Matches

Saturday, September 21, 2013

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NOTRE DAME, IN - The top-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team improved to 14-0 overall and to 6-0 in the MIAA with a 25-13, 25-15, 25-16 victory at Saint Mary’s College Saturday afternoon.
Calvin hit .330 as a team in the win led by sophomore Maggie Kamp who tallied 12 kills and a .321 attack percentage. Junior Emily Crowe and freshman Laura Danhoff had six kills apiece. Senior setter Megan Rietema had 29 assists and 12 digs. Crowe and junior Stacey Kamp had three block assists each. Senior Kristen Zietse had 16 digs while junior Elise Biesboer had three service aces. Calvin has now won 44 consecutive MIAA regular season matches and is now 53-1 over its last 54 MIAA matches. Calvin returns to action next Wednesday when it hosts Adrian at 6:30 p.m. inside Van Noord Arena.

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Calvin Sweeps Hope in Matchup of Top Two Ranked Volleyball Teams in Division III

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

Tuesday night saw the top two teams in Division III volleyball square-off in Van Noord Arena. Calvin entered the night with the #1 ranking and a 12-0 record, while the Flying Dutch of Hope were just recently ranked #2 as it also held a 12-0 record. The Knights, defending their top ranking, defeated Hope in straight sets by scores of 25-17, 25-21, 28-26. Calvin has now won eight consecutive matches against Hope dating back to 2010. Calvin is now 13-0 and 5-0 in the MIAA while Hope moves to 12-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play. The Knights now look forward to Saturday when they will travel to Saint Mary’s to play the Belles. Saturday’s contest is scheduled to start at noon.

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Rietema Claims MIAA Specialty Player of the Week Honors for 10th Time

Monday, September 16, 2013

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin setter Megan Rietema its Specialty Player of the Week in volleyball for matches played through September 15. Rietema, a senior from Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids Christian HS), dished out 151 assists (10.1 per set), had a hitting percentage of .429 and added 37 digs for the week as Calvin remained unbeaten with five consecutive victories, including a 4-0 mark at a weekend tournament at Wittenberg, Ohio. She had seven kills, 20 assists and six digs in an MIAA win over Trine. In a tournament win over Otterbein, Ohio, she had 10 kills, 32 assists and nine digs. Rietema is being honored as Specialty Player of the Week for the second time this season and tenth time in her career. Calvin will host rival Hope Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Van Noord Arena.

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Volleyball Team Defeats Mount St. Joseph and Otterbein at Wittenberg Fall Classic

Saturday, September 14, 2013

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SPRINGFIELD, OH - Calvin completed a perfect weekend at the Wittenberg Fall Classic with three set victories over Mount St. Joseph and Otterbein on Saturday. Ranked number-one in the country, Calvin is now 12-0 on the year and finished 4-0 at the weekend tournament. Calvin opened Saturday with a 25-11, 25-16, 25-17 win over Mount St. Joseph. The Knights hit .467 as a team led by junior Ellie Diepersloot who cranked out a blistering percentage of .875, registering seven kills on eight attack attempts. Sophomore Maggie Kamp had 11 kills and senior Megan Rietema 31 assists and nine digs. Senior Kristen Zietse added eight digs while junior Elise Biesboer had two service aces. On Saturday evening, Calvin recorded a 25-12, 25-19, 25-22 over eighth-ranked Otterbein. The win marked Calvin’s fifth victory up the year against a nationally-ranked opponent. Maggie Kamp had 11 kills, Rietema 10 kills, 32 assists and nine digs while Zietse had 13 digs. Biesboer also had 10 digs while freshman Laura Danhoff and junior Emily Crowe chipped in with eight and seven kills respectively.

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Calvin Claims Pair of Victories at Wittenberg Fall Classic - Defeating Wash. U. & Heidelberg

Friday, September 13, 2013

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SPRINGFIELD, OH - The top-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball continued to roll, defeating sixth-ranked Washington University of St. Louis and regional power Heidelberg University in a pair of three-set matches at the Wittenberg Fall Classic on Friday. Calvin defeated Washington University late in the afternoon by scores of 25-17, 25-17, 26-24. Later Friday night, Calvin topped Heidelberg 25-17, 25-13, 25-19. The victory over Washington University was Calvin’s fourth this year against a top-25 nationally-ranked opponent this fall. In the win over Heidelberg, Calvin hit .302 as a team and received significant contributions from junior Emily Crowe (Granger, IN, Mishawaka Penn HS) who tallied 11 kills and a .421 attack percentage. Sophomore Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) had 12 kills and seven digs. Rietema had 35 assists, eight kills and eight digs. Senior Kristen Zietse (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had 14 digs while junior Elise Biesboer (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) had three service aces. Calvin will prepare for two matches on Saturday, facing the College of Mount St. Joseph at 2 p.m. and eighth-ranked Otterbein University at 6 p.m.

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Calvin/Hope Soccer and Volleyball Teams to Team up For Knight of Nets September 17

Thursday, September 12, 2013

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By Jacob Kuyvenhoven

Ryan Souders was inspired.  A former standout soccer player at Wheaton and currently the head men’s soccer coach at Calvin, Souders had never really needed any extra motivation to get the most out of himself on the pitch.  But when he took some time to take a trip to impoverished areas Africa with Team World Vision, an internationally-recognized committee for social justice, he began looking for ways to integrate his love for soccer and a vision for social change.  After a lot of hard work by multiple people and schools, a part of this vision is coming to Calvin College on September 17th. The event, which has been dubbed “The Knight of Nets,” has a simple yet effective concept, focusing for a game not on the nets present in sports, but on the mosquito nets that can save lives in Africa by helping prevent malaria.  Every spectator that pays $10 at the Calvin/Hope men’s soccer or women’s volleyball games on the 17th will get a T-shirt and a barbeque dinner, but more importantly, $6 of that money will buy one mosquito net to be sent over to a third-world country.

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Volleyball Remains Unbeaten With Win at Trine - MIAA Win Streak Now at 42

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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ANGOLA, IN - The top-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team improved to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the MIAA with a 25-18, 25-11, 25-18 conference victory at Trine University Wednesday night. Calvin has now won 42 consecutive MIAA regular season matches and is now 51-1 over its last 52 matches in conference play. Calvin pulled away from Trine late in set one with an 8-3 run after Trine trailed just 17-15. In set two, Calvin hit at a .462 clip and then used an 8-4 run to close out its set three win. Calvin hit .413 as a team in the win with freshman Laura Danhoff (Willard, OH/Willard HS) having a big match with eight kills and a .583 hitting percentage. Junior Emily Crowe (Granger, IN/Mishawaka Penn HS) added five kills and six block assists. Senior setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had seven kills, 20 assists, six digs and a hitting percentage of .545. Sophomore Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) had nine digs and five kills while junior Elise Biesboer (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) had three service aces. Calvin will now turn its attention to the rugged Wittenberg Fall Invitational. On Friday, Calvin will face sixth-ranked Washington University of Missouri at 3:30 p.m. and will then meet Heidelberg University at 8 p.m.

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