Sunday, November 17, 2013
For the third time in four years, the Calvin women’s volleyball team is headed back to quarterfinal round of the NCAA III Tournament. The top-ranked Knights did so in a familiar way, defeating 10th-ranked Wittenberg in a five-set NCAA III regional final Saturday night in front of more than 2,000 fans at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. Calvin won the match by scores of 25-19, 25-22, 23-25, 24-26, 15-9. Calvin will face the winner of a regional final between Williams (Ma.) and U-Mass Boston. The Williams/U-Mass-Boston match will be played on Sunday afternoon. Calvin’s quarterfinal match against its Massachusetts opponent will be played next Thursday at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse at a time yet to be announced. Saturday night marked the fourth consecutive year that Calvin and Wittenberg have faced off in a regional final. It also marked the fifth time that two teams have done so overall as they also met in the 2005 NCAA III regional final at Wittenberg with the Tigers winning that matchup in three sets. In 2010, Calvin won at Wittenberg in four sets and continued on to win the national title. In 2011, Wittenberg returned the favor, defeating Calvin in four sets in Grand Rapids - en route to the school’s first national title. A year ago, Calvin defeated Wittenberg in five sets - once again in Grand Rapids. Rietema was named the regional tournament’s most outstanding player and was joined on the all-tournament team from Calvin by senior Kristen Zietse and sophomore Maggie Kamp.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
For the fourth consecutive year, the Calvin women’s volleyball team has advanced to the NCAA III Regional finals. The Knights advanced to the regional final in similar fashion, once again defeating Mount Union in a five-set second round thriller at Van Noord Arena. A year ago, Calvin defeated the Purple Raiders in five sets, winning by scores of 25-12, 23-25, 25-21, 24-26, 15-6. On Friday, Calvin won in much the same way, winning by scores of 25-11, 23-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-8. Top-ranked Calvin (31-1) will meet 10th-ranked Wittenberg (25-8) in the regional final Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Van Noord Arena. It marks the fourth consecutive year that the two teams will meet in the regional final with Calvin winning in 2010 and 2012 and Wittenberg winning in 2011.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
The top-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team picked up a 25-4, 25-15, 25-8 first round NCAA III Tournament victory over Penn State-Behrend Thursday night at Van Noord Arena. Calvin advances to the regional semifinals where it will host ninth-ranked Mount Union in a 7 p.m. match Friday night with 10th-ranked Wittenberg facing 16th-ranked Chicago in the 4:30 p.m. regional semifinal on Friday. In its win over Penn State-Behrend, Calvin (30-1) scored the first 18 points of the match and never looked back. The Knights hit .395 as a team lead by sophomore Maggie Kamp with 12 kills. Freshman Laura Danhoff had nine kills while junior Emily Crowe and senior Megan Rietema had six kills apiece. Calvin tallied 10 service aces led by Rietema with four while senior Kristen Zietse had three. Junior Elise Biesboer also had a pair of aces while freshman Kielley Lemkuil had one. Calvin is hosting the NCAA III Regionals for the third consecutive year. The Knights will be facing Mount Union in the regional semifinals for the second straight year. Calvin defeated Mount Union in five sets in last year’s regional semifinals. With its victory Thursday, Calvin reached the 30-win plateau for the 13th consecutive year. Calvin is now 34-23 all-time in NCAA III Tournament play.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
The Great Lakes All-Region volleyball teams have been selected and five members of the Calvin College volleyball team have receive regional accolades.Seniors Megan Rietema and Kristen Zietse along with junior Emily Crowe and sophomore Maggie Kamp have been named to the Great Lakes All-Region team. Freshman Laura Danhoff has been named the Great Lakes Region Freshman of the Year and has also been named a Great Lakes All-Region honorable mention recipient.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The Calvin women’s volleyball team has regained the number-one spot in the AVCA Division III Top 25 rankings. After three weeks in the number-two spot, Calvin has leap-frogged rival Hope for the top spot.Calvin received 47 of a possible 48 first place votes with Hope receiving the other first place tally. Hope is ranked second in this week’s poll. This past Saturday, the two rivals met for the third time this year with Calvin pulling out a come-from-behind five-set win in the MIAA Tournament finals at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena.During the regular season, Calvin defeated Hope in Grand Rapids while Hope defeated Calvin in Holland. Calvin will host an eight-team NCAA III Regional tournament this weekend and will face Penn State-Behrend Thursday night in an 8 p.m. first round match. Calvin will be one of four nationally-ranked teams in the regional field as 10th-ranked Mount Union, 12th-ranked Wittenberg and 20th-ranked Chicago are all part of the field.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Four Calvin fall sports teams will be in action this weekend. The Calvin women’s volleyball team will host an eight-team Great Lakes Regional Thursday, Friday and Saturday while the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country programs will host the Great Lakes Regional Championships Saturday at the Gainey Athletic Complex. In addition, the women’s soccer team will compete at a four-team NCAA III Regional hosted by Washington University of St. Louis. To find out more about each competition, visit the regional tournament/championships website listed below:
Monday, November 11, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin right side hitter Stacey Kamp its Position Player of the Week and Calvin libero Kristen Zietse its Specialty Player of the Week in volleyball for matches played through November 9. Kamp, a junior from Orland Park, Ill. (Chicago Christian HS), had a .474 hitting percentage during the MIAA tournament in leading the Knights to victories over Saint Mary’s and Hope. She had seven kills for a team-best .500 attack percentage and added six assists in the Knights’ five-set win over the Flying Dutch in the tournament championship match. Kamp is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Zietse, a senior from Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids Christian HS), had 32 digs and only one error in 40 serve reception chances during the MIAA tournament as Calvin defeated Saint Mary’s and Hope to win the tournament. She led the Knights with a team-high 20 digs in the tournament championship match against Hope. Zietse is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in her career.
Monday, November 11, 2013
The Calvin women’s volleyball team will host an eight-team NCAA III regional Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Van Noord Arena. Calvin (29-1) will face Penn State-Behrend (22-8) in a first round match on Thursday at 8 p.m.. Other first round matches will see Wittenberg (23-8) going up against Bluffton (16-18) at 12:30 p.m., Chicago (26-10) going up against Buffalo State (25-9) at 3 p.m. and Mount Union (30-4) going up against Carnegie Mellon (25-9) at 5:30 p.m.. Thursday’s winners will play in regional semifinals on Friday with the regional final set for Saturday. Match times and ticket prices will be announced later Monday afternoon. Calvin is making its 10th consecutive trip to the NCAA III Tournament and its 23rd appearance overall. The Knights are 33-23 all-time in NCAA III Tournament play. A year ago, Calvin reached the NCAA III finals before falling to St. Thomas in a five-set match. In 2010, Calvin claimed the NCAA III title, defeating Emory University in four sets in the title tilt.
Rietema, Zietse and Danhoff Win MIAA Volleyball Awards - Calvin Players Named to All-MIAA Vball Team
Sunday, November 10, 2013
The Calvin volleyball team picked up a complete sweep of the three major postseason awards presented by the MIAA Saturday night. Calvin senior setter Megan Rietema was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player while senior libero Kristen Zietse was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Defensive Player. In addition, Calvin freshman middle-hitter Laura Danhoff was named the MIAA’s Freshman of the Year. In addition, Rietema has been named to the All-MIAA first team for the fourth straight year. She is just the seventh individual in MIAA history to be a four-time first team All-MIAA selection. She is also the fourth from Calvin to do so, joining Leah Calsbeek (1983-1986), Katie Zondervan (2004-2007) and Rebecca Kamp (2008-2011). Joining Rietema on the All-MIAA first team from Calvin are sophomore Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) and Zietse. They are both receiving first team All-MIAA accolades for the first time. Danhoff was named to the All-MIAA second team and was joined on the second team by Calvin junior Emily Crowe (Granger, IN/Mishawaka Penn HS).
Sunday, November 10, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
A triple feature of Calvin-Hope MIAA Championship contests accumulated in an evening matchup between the top two volleyball teams in Division III. With a Hope victory in men’s soccer and a Calvin win in women’s soccer, volleyball was set up as the rubber match between the two long-time rivals. Like anyone would expect between two highly ranked and skilled teams, the match came down to the wire, with Calvin claiming the five-set victory, 20-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-15, 15-12. With the win, second-ranked Calvin (29-1) advances to the NCAA III Tournament for the 10th consecutive year. The match marked the second consecutive year the two rivals have gone to five sets in the MIAA Tournament final. Calvin is now 9-2 against Hope in the MIAA Tournament.< 1 2 3 4 > Last »