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Calvin Volleyball Team Takes Over Number-One Spot in AVCA Division III Top 25 Poll

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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AVCA Division III Top 25 Poll

The Calvin women’s volleyball team is the number-one ranked team in Division III. The Knights received the number-one ranking the most recent Division III Top 25 poll released by the American Volleyball Coaches Association this afternoon. Calvin received 37 first place votes in this week’s poll with Emory second, St. Thomas third and Elmhurst ranked fourth. Hope is ranked fifth. The Flying Dutch also received one first place vote in the poll. At 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the MIAA, Calvin is scheduled to travel to Trine on Wednesday for a 6:30 p.m. conference match. Calvin will then participate in the Wittenberg Fall Invitational Friday and Saturday. While there, Calvin will face sixth-ranked Washington University of St. Louis, eighth-ranked Otterbein, Mount St. Joseph and Heidelberg. A year ago, Calvin took the number-one ranking into the NCAA III Tournament, reaching the national championship finals before eventually falling to St. Thomas in five sets. Calvin then finished second in the final 2012 national poll and entered the 2013 season ranked second as well.

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Calvin’s Maggie Kamp Named MIAA Volleyball Player of the Week

Monday, September 09, 2013

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin outside hitter Maggie Kamp its Player of the Week in volleyball for matches played through September 8. Kamp, a sophomore from Orland Park, Ill. (Chicago Christian HS), had 47 kills and a hitting percentage of .481 as the Knights swept all three of their MIAA matches for the week. She had 19 kills and eight digs in a victory over Alma along with 16 kills, a .556 hitting percentage and eight digs as Calvin swept Olivet. Kamp is being honored as Player of the Week for the second time in her career. Calvin is back in action on Wednesday when it travels to Trine for a 6:30 p.m. match.

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Calvin Comes Up Aces in Three-Set Win Over Olivet

Saturday, September 07, 2013

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Calvin remained unbeaten on the 2013 season Saturday afternoon as it defeated visiting Olivet 25-10, 25-11, 25-10 at Van Noord Arena. Ranked second nationally, the Knights are now 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the MIAA. Calvin clicked on all cylinders right from the opening serve as the Maroon and Gold hit at a .462 clip as a team. Sophomore Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) had another huge match, racking up 16 kills, eight digs and an attack percentage of .556. Freshman Laura Danhoff (Willard, OH/Willard HS) had a career-high nine kills and a hitting percentage of .643. Senior setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had four kills, 31 assists and six digs. Senior libero Kristen Zietse (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) added a career-high six service aces to go with nine digs. As a team, Calvin had 12 service aces as junior Elise Biesboer (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS), Rietema and junior Laura Hop (Holland/Holland Christian HS) added two aces apiece. Calvin returns to action next Wednesday when it travels to Trine for a 6:30 p.m. match.

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Volleyball Remains Unbeaten With Big Win at Alma

Friday, September 06, 2013

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ALMA - The second-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team improved to 6-0 overall and to 2-0 in the MIAA with a 25-17, 25-19, 25-16 victory at Alma Friday night. Sophomore Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) matched a career-high with 19 kills in the win. It marked the second time she has recorded 19 kills this year and the third time in her career. Junior Emily Crowe (Granger, IN/Mishawaka Penn HS) had seven kills while senior Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and junior Ellie Diepersloot (Madera, CA/Chowchilla HS) had six kills apiece. Rietema added 33 assists and 16 digs. Senior Kristen Zietse (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was superb with 24 digs in the back row. Freshman Laura Danhoff (Willard, OH/Willard HS) also made an impact with four kills, eight digs and five block assists. Junior Stacey Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) chipped in with four block assists. Calvin is back in action on Saturday when it hosts Olivet at 1 p.m. in an MIAA match inside Van Noord Arena.

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Volleyball Rolls to Win Over Albion in MIAA Opener - Remains Unbeaten

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

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The nationally-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team moved to 5-0 overall and to 1-0 in league play with a 25-15, 25-9, 25-9 victory over visiting Albion College Tuesday night inside Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. Tuesday’s match marked the MIAA openers for both teams. Albion hung around with Calvin in set one, trailing only 16-13 but the Knights proceeded to rip off five unanswered points and never looked back, seizing control of the match the rest of the way. Calvin used 15 different players in the match and hit .430 as a team. Sophomore Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) tallied 12 kills and a hitting percentage of .474 while junior Emily Crowe (Granger, IN/Mishawaka Penn HS) had nine kills, three block assists and a blistering hitting percentage of .583. Senior setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was a catalyst for the Knights with eight kills, 33 assists and five digs. Senior libero Kristen Zietse (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) chipped in with 15 digs. Calvin returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Olivet at 1 p.m. at Van Noord Arena

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Megan Rietema Named MIAA Specialty Player of Week in Volleyball

Monday, September 02, 2013

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin’s Megan Rietema its Specialty Player of the Week in volleyball for matches played through September 1.
Rietema, a senior from Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids Christian HS), had 32 kills and dished out 136 assists (9.1 per set) in earning tournament Most Valuable Player honors in leading the Knights to the championship of a tournament at Puget Sound, Wash. She added 41 digs and 13 blocks in the four matches. Rietema had 12 kills and 32 assists in a four-set win over Wartburg, Iowa, and nine kills, 42 assists and 14 digs as Calvin rallied from a two-sets-to-none deficit to defeat Pacific Lutheran, Wash., in five sets. It is the ninth time she has been named MIAA Specialty Player of the Week in her career.

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Volleyball Closes Out West Coast Swing With Victories Over Puget Sound and Whitman

Saturday, August 31, 2013

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TACOMA, WA – The second-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team completed a memorable two days of competition at the University of Puget Sound Premier Invitational on Saturday, defeating ninth-ranked Puget Sound and Whitman College in a pair of three-set matches. Calvin’s win over Puget Sound came by scores of 25-17, 25-22, 25-19. It marked Calvin’s third victory of the year against a nationally-ranked team as Puget Sound entered the match ranked ninth nationally. On Friday, Calvin topped 15th-ranked Wartburg and 21st-ranked Pacific Lutheran. Junior Emily Crowe (Mishawaka, IN/Granger HS) led the Calvin attack against Puget Sound with 10 kills and an attack percentage of .474. Sophomore Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) and junior Stacey Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) had seven and six kills respectively. Senior setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) added 29 assists, 14 digs and seven kills. Senior Kristen Zietse (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had a match-high 19 digs while junior Elise Biesboer (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) chipped in with 13 digs. Freshman Laura Danhoff (Willard, OH/Willard HS) also contributed five block assists. Against Whitman, Calvin won by scores of 25-21, 25-15, 25-19. Maggie Kamp had a career-high 19 kills in the win including a hitting percentage of .562. Rietema had 33 assists and five block assists and Zietse 13 digs. Calvin will now prepare to open its MIAA schedule on Tuesday when it hosts Albion at 6:30 p.m. at Van Noord Arena.

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Calvin Claims Come-From-Behind Wins At Puget Sound Premier Invitational

Friday, August 30, 2013

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U. of Puget Sound Premier Invitational

TACOMA, WA - The second-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team pulled out a pair of come-from-behind victories on Friday at the University of Puget Sound Premier Invitational. Calvin opened the day with a 17-25, 25-11, 25-15, 25-20 victory over 15th-ranked Wartburg and then topped Pacific Lutheran 21-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-11, 15-12. Calvin returns to action on Saturday when it faces host and ninth-ranked Puget Sound at 3 p.m. (EST). The contest will be a rematch of last year’s NCAA III quarterfinal match that was played in Holland and won by Calvin in four sets. The Knights will then face Whitman College (Wash.) at 7 p.m. (EST).

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Calvin/Hope Volleyball Squads Team up For Preseason Race Through Holland

Monday, August 26, 2013

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Story By Calvin Sports Information Director Jeff Febus/Photos by Hope Sports Information Director Alan Babbitt

So what do a pair of top five nationally ranked conference rivals do to prepare for the upcoming season? In the case of the Calvin and Hope volleyball teams, it meant getting together for a preseason mixer based on the CBS “Amazing Race” television series. On a sunswept afternoon, this past Friday, the two rivals not only met up for a mixer but also joined together to form eight teams that competed in a scavenger hunt competition in downtown Holland. Each team was given a list of items to find at a variety of downtown Holland merchant stores. Teams were able to check off each completed leg of the race by checking in through Twitter, using hashtags referring to the competition, the merchant store and each schools volleyball twitter accounts.

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Calvin Volleyball Team Picked to Win MIAA Championship

Friday, August 16, 2013

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Defending champion Calvin has been selected the preseason favorite to win the 2013 MIAA volleyball championship.The Knights, who won the MIAA championship last fall before going on to finish second in the NCAA Division III tournament, received seven out of a possible nine first-place votes in the preseason poll of the league’s coaches. Hope, who was picked to finish second, received the other two first-place votes.Alma was selected to finish third, followed by Adrian, Trine, Saint Mary’s, Kalamazoo, Olivet and Albion.

Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis):
1. Calvin (7) 9 pts. 2. Hope (2) 14. 3. Alma 25. 4. Adrian 34. 5. Trine 35. 6. Saint Mary’s 41. 7. Kalamazoo 49. 8. Olivet 54. 9. Albion 63.
MIAA teams will begin non-conference action Friday, Aug. 30, with the first conference matches set for Tuesday, Sept. 3.

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