Tuesday, September 17, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Tuesday night saw the top two teams in Division III volleyball square-off in Van Noord Arena. Calvin entered the night with the #1 ranking and a 12-0 record, while the Flying Dutch of Hope were just recently ranked #2 as it also held a 12-0 record. The Knights, defending their top ranking, defeated Hope in straight sets by scores of 25-17, 25-21, 28-26. Calvin has now won eight consecutive matches against Hope dating back to 2010. Calvin is now 13-0 and 5-0 in the MIAA while Hope moves to 12-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play. The Knights now look forward to Saturday when they will travel to Saint Mary’s to play the Belles. Saturday’s contest is scheduled to start at noon.
Monday, September 16, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin setter Megan Rietema its Specialty Player of the Week in volleyball for matches played through September 15. Rietema, a senior from Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids Christian HS), dished out 151 assists (10.1 per set), had a hitting percentage of .429 and added 37 digs for the week as Calvin remained unbeaten with five consecutive victories, including a 4-0 mark at a weekend tournament at Wittenberg, Ohio. She had seven kills, 20 assists and six digs in an MIAA win over Trine. In a tournament win over Otterbein, Ohio, she had 10 kills, 32 assists and nine digs. Rietema is being honored as Specialty Player of the Week for the second time this season and tenth time in her career. Calvin will host rival Hope Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Van Noord Arena.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, OH - Calvin completed a perfect weekend at the Wittenberg Fall Classic with three set victories over Mount St. Joseph and Otterbein on Saturday. Ranked number-one in the country, Calvin is now 12-0 on the year and finished 4-0 at the weekend tournament. Calvin opened Saturday with a 25-11, 25-16, 25-17 win over Mount St. Joseph. The Knights hit .467 as a team led by junior Ellie Diepersloot who cranked out a blistering percentage of .875, registering seven kills on eight attack attempts. Sophomore Maggie Kamp had 11 kills and senior Megan Rietema 31 assists and nine digs. Senior Kristen Zietse added eight digs while junior Elise Biesboer had two service aces. On Saturday evening, Calvin recorded a 25-12, 25-19, 25-22 over eighth-ranked Otterbein. The win marked Calvin’s fifth victory up the year against a nationally-ranked opponent. Maggie Kamp had 11 kills, Rietema 10 kills, 32 assists and nine digs while Zietse had 13 digs. Biesboer also had 10 digs while freshman Laura Danhoff and junior Emily Crowe chipped in with eight and seven kills respectively.
Friday, September 13, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, OH - The top-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball continued to roll, defeating sixth-ranked Washington University of St. Louis and regional power Heidelberg University in a pair of three-set matches at the Wittenberg Fall Classic on Friday. Calvin defeated Washington University late in the afternoon by scores of 25-17, 25-17, 26-24. Later Friday night, Calvin topped Heidelberg 25-17, 25-13, 25-19. The victory over Washington University was Calvin’s fourth this year against a top-25 nationally-ranked opponent this fall. In the win over Heidelberg, Calvin hit .302 as a team and received significant contributions from junior Emily Crowe (Granger, IN, Mishawaka Penn HS) who tallied 11 kills and a .421 attack percentage. Sophomore Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) had 12 kills and seven digs. Rietema had 35 assists, eight kills and eight digs. Senior Kristen Zietse (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had 14 digs while junior Elise Biesboer (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) had three service aces. Calvin will prepare for two matches on Saturday, facing the College of Mount St. Joseph at 2 p.m. and eighth-ranked Otterbein University at 6 p.m.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
By Jacob Kuyvenhoven
Ryan Souders was inspired. A former standout soccer player at Wheaton and currently the head men’s soccer coach at Calvin, Souders had never really needed any extra motivation to get the most out of himself on the pitch. But when he took some time to take a trip to impoverished areas Africa with Team World Vision, an internationally-recognized committee for social justice, he began looking for ways to integrate his love for soccer and a vision for social change. After a lot of hard work by multiple people and schools, a part of this vision is coming to Calvin College on September 17th. The event, which has been dubbed “The Knight of Nets,” has a simple yet effective concept, focusing for a game not on the nets present in sports, but on the mosquito nets that can save lives in Africa by helping prevent malaria. Every spectator that pays $10 at the Calvin/Hope men’s soccer or women’s volleyball games on the 17th will get a T-shirt and a barbeque dinner, but more importantly, $6 of that money will buy one mosquito net to be sent over to a third-world country.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
ANGOLA, IN - The top-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team improved to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the MIAA with a 25-18, 25-11, 25-18 conference victory at Trine University Wednesday night. Calvin has now won 42 consecutive MIAA regular season matches and is now 51-1 over its last 52 matches in conference play. Calvin pulled away from Trine late in set one with an 8-3 run after Trine trailed just 17-15. In set two, Calvin hit at a .462 clip and then used an 8-4 run to close out its set three win. Calvin hit .413 as a team in the win with freshman Laura Danhoff (Willard, OH/Willard HS) having a big match with eight kills and a .583 hitting percentage. Junior Emily Crowe (Granger, IN/Mishawaka Penn HS) added five kills and six block assists. Senior setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had seven kills, 20 assists, six digs and a hitting percentage of .545. Sophomore Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) had nine digs and five kills while junior Elise Biesboer (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) had three service aces. Calvin will now turn its attention to the rugged Wittenberg Fall Invitational. On Friday, Calvin will face sixth-ranked Washington University of Missouri at 3:30 p.m. and will then meet Heidelberg University at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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.
Monday, September 09, 2013
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.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
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.
Friday, September 06, 2013
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.« First < 3 4 5 6 7 > Last »