Friday, August 30, 2013
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).
Monday, August 26, 2013
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.
Friday, August 16, 2013
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.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
The preseason 2013 Division III Top 25 poll conducted by the American Volleyball Coaches Association has been released and Calvin is ranked number-two in the poll. Defending national champion St. Thomas is the top-ranked team in the poll while Wittenberg is ranked third, Elmhurst is ranked fourth and Hope and Christopher Newport tied for fifth.Calvin is scheduled to face 14 teams this fall that are currently ranked in the AVCA preseason poll. Those teams include Wittenberg (#3), Elmhurst (#4), Hope (#5), Washington University of St. Louis (#7), Puget Sound (#9), Mount Union (#11), Chicago (#12), Otterbein (#14), Wartburg (#15) and Pacific Lutheran (#21). For a preseason outlook for the 2013 Calvin women’s volleyball team, visit the Calvin website at:http://www.calvin.edu/sports/news/comments/2013-calvin-womens-volleyball-preview/” title=“2013 Calvin Women’s Volleyball Outlook”>2013 Calvin Women’s Volleyball Outlook
Monday, August 12, 2013
Several of Calvin’s 2012-13 varsity sports teams received academic honors from their respective coaching organizations. The following is a list with links to the respective team academic awards announced this summer:
Monday, August 12, 2013
Over the last three years, the Calvin women’s volleyball team has put together the most impressive stretch in program history. During that time, the Knights have compiled an overall won-loss record of 98-8 that includes a national title in 2010, a national runner-up finish in 2012 and three consecutive MIAA regular season crowns. Can the Knights keep the momentum going? Head coach Amber Warners thinks they can. The senior class is headlined by soon-to-be four-year starting setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS). At 6-2, Rietema possesses height and an impressive wingspan up front at the net that allows her not only to be an offensive threat, but also a defensive weapon. A two-time AVCA Division III All-American including a first team choice last year, Rietema averaged 10.43 assists per set last year while averaging just under one block per set. A three-time first team All-MIAA selection, she also compiled an attack percentage of .325 and averaged 2.17 digs-per-set. Rietema spent the offseason playing overseas with an AVCA All-America team in Costa Rica and is primed for a big senior year.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Calvin College setter Megan Rietema is heading into her senior year of volleyball this fall. Last month, Rietema had the opportunity to spend a week in Costa Rica with a team of AVCA Division II and Division III All-Americans playing top-level international competition while also giving clinics to age-group children and also touring the country. Rietema put together a journal of her week-long stay in Costa Rica which can be read by clicking the headline at the top of this story. A year ago, Rietema was named a first team AVCA Division III All-American and helped Calvin reach the NCAA III Championship finals against St. Thomas.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
For the second consecutive year, the Calvin women’s volleyball team has received the AVCA Academic Team Award. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.Under the direction of head coach Amber Warners, the Calvin women’s volleyball team compiled a 3.527 grade point average as a team during the 2012-13 academic year. It was a landmark year for the Calvin women’s volleyball team as the Knights captured their third straight MIAA regular season title, garnered their second straight MIAA Tournament title and then advanced all the way to the NCAA III National Championship final before falling in five sets to St. Thomas. Earlier this year, the Calvin women’s volleyball team received the MIAA’s Team GPA Award. Individually, senior Lizzie Kamp was named the Division III Capital One Academic All-American of the year.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
(L-R: Greer Bratschie, Amber Warners, Megan Rietema)
Calvin women’s volleyball coach Amber Warners is currently in the country of Costa Rica leading a team of AVCA Division II and III All-Americans which includes recent Hope graduate Greer Bratschie and Calvin senior Megan Rietema. Warners is writing blog entries for the AVCA website and in her latest entry, she explains what a thrilling week it has been thus far. In addition, Rietema recently produced a blog entry for the AVCA which can be read at: Megan Rietema AVCA blog entry
Friday, July 19, 2013
Calvin head volleyball coach Amber Warners is no stranger to traveling abroad. Next week however will provide a new adventure for the veteran coach as she will lead a group of nine players for a week of competition, service projects and instructional clinics in Costa Rica. Earlier this year, Warners was tabbed as the head coach of a team of nine volleyball players who received AVCA Division II or Division III All-America honors this past year. The trip is a combined venture between the AVCA and Athletes-International. Any player that was named an AVCA Division II or III All-American in 2012 was eligible to participate with athletes responsible for raising funds for their own travel expenses.« First < 4 5 6 7 8 > Last »