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Calvin Volleyball Ranked Second in AVCA Preseason Top 25 Poll

Thursday, August 15, 2013

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AVCA Division III Top 25 Preseason Poll

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

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A Look Back at Calvin’s Team Academic Awards For 2012-13

Monday, August 12, 2013

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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:

Calvin Volleyball Receives AVCA Academic Award

Track and Field Teams Receive USTFCCCA Academic Honors

Tennis Teams Receive ITA Academic Honors

Women’s Basketball Receives WBCA Team Academic Award

Calvin Swimming and Diving Receives Coaches Academic Award

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2013 Calvin Women’s Volleyball Preview

Monday, August 12, 2013

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2013 Calvin Women's Volleyball Schedule

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.

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Megan Rietema Chronicles Volleyball Trip Through Costa Rica

Thursday, August 08, 2013

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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.

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Calvin Volleyball Team Receives AVCA Team Academic Award

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

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AVCA Team Academic Award List

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.

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Warners and Rietema Provide Updates on Costa Rica Volleyball Tour

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Megan Rietema AVCA blog entry

(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

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Amber Warners to Lead AVCA Volleyball Team to Costa Rica

Friday, July 19, 2013

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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.

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Calvin Scholar-Athletes Named to MIAA Academic Honor Roll

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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The 2012-13 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and a record 151 Calvin scholar-athletes have been named to the list.The honor roll recognizes scholar-athletes who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2012-13 academic year. A student needed to have won a varsity letter in a sport to be eligible. The MIAA Academic Honor Roll program was initiated in 1990 to recognize students at MIAA member colleges who excel both in athletics and in the classroom.This year’s Honor Roll includes several students who achieved the distinction four consecutive years. Of the students, seven are from Calvin.The seven Calvin scholar-athletes named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for a fourth straight year are seniors Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS), Eric Doornbos (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Matt DeBoer (Hudsonville, MI/Covenant Christian HS), Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS), Kelsey Irwin (Fraser, MI, /Fraser HS), Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) and Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS).

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Calvin lands record 11 teams on MIAA Team GPA List

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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MIAA Team GPA List

The Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges present the MIAA Team GPA Award every year. This award recognizes conference athletic teams for performance in the classroom of a 3.3 cumulative GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale). During the recently completed 2012-13 school year, a record 11 of Calvin’s athletic teams achieved this distinction.Seven of Calvin’s women’s teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award while four of its men’s teams also achieved the feat. Calvin’s teams receiving the honor are as follows; women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s soccer, women’s track and field, men’s tennis, women’s swimming and diving, men’s golf and men’s basketball.

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Calvin Finishes 15th in Final Division III Learfield Director’s Cup Standings

Thursday, June 06, 2013

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Final Director's Cup Standings

For the 18th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings, finishing 15th in the nation in Division III in 2012-13 with a total of 651.0 points. Calvin is one of only six schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level.Joining Calvin in that elite group are Williams, Mass., Amherst, Mass., Middlebury, Vt., the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga. Williams won the title as the best athletics program in the nation in Division III by winning with a score of 1,273.75 points. The Cup is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Learfield Sports to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country, and is based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA Championship events.

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