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Calvin Defeats UMass Boston in NCAA III Quarterfinals - To Face Emory University in Semis Friday

Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Story by Mark DeHaan/Photo by Rob Kurtycz

The Knights returned to the DeVos Fieldhouse in Holland for the second straight year, reaching quarterfinal play in the NCAA III tournament. Calvin’s national quarterfinal opponent was the Beacons of the University of Massachusetts-Boston.The Knights entered play with a record of 32-1. The Beacons came in at 24-15, but had played the second toughest schedule in the nation, facing nine NCAA Tournament teams in the regular season. UMass-Boston also came in as one of the youngest teams, with 14 underclassmen on its roster, including nine freshman. In the end, Calvin’s experience was too much for the Beacons as the Knights claimed a four set victory 25-23, 25-13, 24-26, 25-18 to advance to the national semifinals. Calvin will face seventh-ranked Emory University in the first semifinal on Friday evening at 5 p.m. (EST). Emory (34-4) swept Eastern University earlier on Thursday 25-23, 25-18, 25-20, to advance. The semifinal encounter will be a rematch of the 2010 NCAA III Finals won by Calvin in four sets. Tickets for the Calvin/Emory match will be on sale at Calvin’s Covenant Fine Arts Center box office 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Friday.

Calvin/UMass-Boston Post Match Video Press Conference

Calvin/Emory Preview on NCAA.com

Amber Warners Feature Story on NCAA.com

Holland Sentinel Recap

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Calvin’s Megan Rietema Named AVCA Division III National Player of the Year

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Calvin College senior setter Megan Rietema has been named the Division III National Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The award was announced this evening at a pre-nationals banquet hosted by Hope College in the school’s Haworth Center. A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Rietema is the third consecutive Calvin volleyball player to receive the honor as former teammates Rebecca Kamp (2011) and Lizzie Kamp (2012) were previously so honored by the AVCA. The award completes a pair of career bookends for Rietema as she was named the AVCA’s Division III National Freshman of the Year in 2010.

Holland Sentinel Story on Megan Rietema

Mlive.com Story on Megan Rietema

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Rietema, Kamp and Crowe Named AVCA Division III All-Americans

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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2013 AVCA Division III All-America Teams

Senior Megan Rietema and sophomore Maggie Kamp have been named first team Division III All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. In addition, junior Emily Crowe had been named a third team Division III All-American by the AVCA. The awards were announced this morning. All three players will be honored at an awards banquet Wednesday night in Holland on the campus of Hope College. Rietema is receiving AVCA Division III All-America honors for the third consecutive year while Kamp and Crowe are receiving All-America accolades for the first time.

Calvin Volleyball Highlights

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Calvin Volleyball to Face University of Massachusetts Boston in National Quarterfinals

Monday, November 18, 2013

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Hope College NCAA III Tournament Website

The field for the national quarterfinal round of the NCAA III Tournament at Hope College is set and the quarterfinal opponent for Calvin is a familiar foe. The Knights (32-1) will face the University of Massachusetts-Boston (24-15) on Thursday at 3 p.m. in a quarterfinal match at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. The same two teams met in the 2010 national quarterfinals at Washington University with Calvin winning in four sets and continuing on to win the national championship. Other quarterfinal matches will pit Eastern University (32-4) against Emory University (33-4) at 12:30 p.m.; Cal-Lutheran (33-1) against Clarkson (36-6) at 5:30 p.m. and Hope (32-2) against UW-Stevens Point (34-4) at 8 p.m. Tickets for Thursday’s match will be on sale sale Monday morning at 11 a.m. at the Calvin Box Office in Calvin’s Covenant Fine Arts Center.  General admission tickets are $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for students and children.  

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Calvin Live Audio Stream

MORE TICKET NOTES:

* Tickets are only on sale for Thursday’s matches. Ticket information for Friday and Saturday matches will be announced prior to each day.
* Seating will be in designated sections by school.
* Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students.
* There will be no online and multiple-day sales.
*Tickets for Calvin Fans will be sold only through the Calvin Box Office. Tickets will first only be sold for Thursday’s match. Calvin fans may reach the Calvin Box Office by calling 616-526-6282 after 10 a.m. Monday or by visiting the Calvin Box Office in person.

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Calvin Volleyball Claims Regional Title With Five-Set Win Over Wittenberg

Sunday, November 17, 2013

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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.

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Volleyball Advances to Regional Final With Five-Set Win Over Mount Union

Saturday, November 16, 2013

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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.

Regional Tournament Site

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Volleyball Sweeps Past Penn State-Behrend in NCAA III First Round - To Face Mount Union Friday

Thursday, November 14, 2013

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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.

Regional Tournament Site

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Calvin Volleyball Players Receive Great Lakes All-Region Honors

Thursday, November 14, 2013

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AVCA Division III All-Region Teams

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.

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Calvin Volleyball Moves Back Into Top Spot in National Poll

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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AVCA Division III Top 25 Poll for 11-12-13

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.

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Follow Calvin Teams on NCAA III Tournament Trail

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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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:

NCAA III Great Lakes Regional Website

NCAA III Women’s Soccer St. Louis Regional Website

Grand Rapids, Mich NCAA III Volleyball Regional Website

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