Monday, January 20, 2014
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin center Tyler Kruis its Player of the Week in men’s basketball for games played through January 18. Kruis, a senior from Grand Rapids (Grandville Calvin Christian HS), averaged 22.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots in leading the Knights to a pair of MIAA victories. He scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds in just 22 minutes of action in a 78-54 victory over Adrian, then scored a career-high 27 points on 12-of-15 shooting from the field, and collected seven boards in a 90-72 win over Kalamazoo. Kruis, who is being honored as Player of the Week for the second time this season and third time in his career, shot 74 percent from the field (20 of 27) for the week. Calvin is back in action on Wednesday when it hosts Trine at 7:30 p.m. at Van Noord Arena in a showdown for first place in the MIAA standings. Both teams are locked in a four-way tie along with Albion and Hope with 3-1 conference records.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
SEATTLE, Wash. (December 19, 2013) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Calvin College Head Women’s Volleyball Coach Amber Warners has been selected as the 2013 AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year. In her 12th year as head coach, the Calvin graduate has maintained her outstanding record, leading her team to another remarkable run in their tenth consecutive NCAA Tournament. With an astounding record of 35-1, the Knights ended the season as the top-ranked team in the AVCA Division III Coaches Top-25 Final Poll. In their second consecutive NCAA Championship match appearance, the team managed to overcome a two-set deficit against Cal Lutheran to win their second national title in four years. After falling to the University of St. Thomas in the national championship match in a similar situation in 2012, they were determined to have a different outcome this year. The team did not get to this match easily, having to defeat two AVCA Top-25 teams in high-intensity five-set matches in the semi and quarterfinals.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Megan Rietema, a senior from Calvin College, was named the 2014 DIII Woman of the Year nominee for volleyball as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda. She is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DIII Woman Athlete of the Year honor. This will be voted on at the end of the academic year by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of THE CWSA program, now in its 38th year. Rietema, a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III National Player of the Year and led Calvin to the 2013 NCAA DIII Championship title. She was also a member of the program’s first Championship squad in 2010. The four-year starter is a three-time first-team AVCA All-American. All sports nominees from DIII and DII become a finalist for the prestigious 2014 CWSA Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in June. The sports nominees are recognized in 11 DIII and DII NCAA-sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer,softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.
Friday, December 13, 2013
The latest set of Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall sports standings have been released and after an outstanding fall sports campaign, Calvin College stands in fourth place with 269 points. Williams (Mass) leads the standings with 376 points with Middlebury (Vt.) second with 310 points and Trinity (Tx.) third with 281 points. Calvin picked up 100 points from its women’s volleyball team that captured the national championship last month in Holland, Michigan. Calvin also received 72 points from its women’s cross country team that placed seventh at the NCAA III Championships, 50 points from its women’s soccer team that reached the second round of the NCAA III Tournament and 47 points from its men’s cross country team that finished 27th at the NCAA III Championships.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Calvin College junior Travis Vegter has been named a second team Division III All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as sponsored by Continental Tire. The award was announced earlier this morning. A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School, Vegter is receiving Divison III All-America honors for the first time. A forward, Vegter tallied a team-leading 27 goals and 60 points this fall while also receiving credit for six assists. Four of his goals were game-winners during the season. Last month, Vegter was named to the Capital One Division III Academic All-America first team for achieving high marks in the classroom. He is the first individual in Calvin men’s soccer history to be named both an NSCAA Division III All-American and a Capital One Academic All-American.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The NCAA has awarded NCAA III women’s basketball and women’s volleyball championships to the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan for the 2014-18 seasons. Calvin College will host the following championships:
Women’s Basketball / 2015
Women’s Volleyball / 2015
Women’s Basketball / 2017
Women’s Volleyball / 2017
This will mark the first time since 1988 that Calvin has hosted an NCAA III Championship final. Calvin hosted the NCAA III Finals in men’s basketball from 1982-to-1988 at the Calvin College Fieldhouse. In 1977, Calvin also hosted the NCAA III Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In 1986, Calvin hosted the NCAA III Finals in women’s volleyball.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
ALBION, Mich. – David L. Neilson, the commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association since 2002, has announced he will retire from the position at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. The announcement of Commissioner Neilson’s retirement came Tuesday from Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College and vice chairwoman of the MIAA Presidents’ Council. He is the eighth and third-longest serving commissioner in the MIAA’s 126-year history. Commissioner Neilson and his wife, Karen, live in Royal Oak. They have four children and five grandchildren. The MIAA is the nation’s oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Mary’s College and Trine University.
Monday, December 09, 2013
Four members of the MIAA champion Calvin men’s soccer team have received Continental Tire Division III All-Central Region honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Named to the first team from Calvin are junior Travis Vegter and sophomore Taylor Pruis while senior Zach Willis and junior Sean Broekhuizen have been named to the second team. As members of the first team, Vegter and Pruis are both eligible for Division III All-America consideration. Vegter and Willis are receiving all-region honors for the first time while Broekhuizen and Pruis are first time all-region selections. Under the direction of head coach Ryan Souders, Calvin finished the 2013 season with an overall record of 14-5-1 while capturing an unprecedented seventh consecutive MIAA regular season crown with a 12-2-0 league mark.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Three members of the Calvin women’s soccer team have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Continental Tire Division III All-Central Region second team. Named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire Division III All-Central Region second team are senior Danielle Carter and sophomores Paige Capel and Taylor Ten Harmsel. Under the direction of head coach Mark Recker, Calvin finished the year with an overall record of 19-3-2 and captured the MIAA regular season title with a league mark of 13-2-1. The Knights then captured the MIAA Tournament crown with tournament wins over Adrian and Hope and then advanced to the second round of the NCAA III Tournament before bowing to top-ranked Washington University of St. Louis. Calvin’s 19 wins were the second highest single-season total in Calvin women’s soccer history.
Monday, December 02, 2013
The ACHA D3 Selects’ Program is proud to announce the coaching staff for Division 3’s third bi-annual trip to Europe over Christmas break. Mike Petrusma, head coach of the Calvin College Knights, has been selected as the head coach of the 2014-15 Select’s trip. Mike previously served as an assistant under Sean Weaver during the second Select’s trip in 2012-13 who went 5-0 on their trip. The rest of the coaching staff is still being selected and will be announced soon. Mike Petrusma is currently in his 18th season at Calvin College and is an active leader in the Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference and the ACHA Division 3. His coaching record includes over 360 wins, one national championship (2004) and 3 other 3rd place finishes. Mike has built a consistent program at a Calvin College that regularly qualifies for regionals in the North Region. He was given the coach of the year award in the MCHC in 2006. The MCHC hosted the D3 nationals in Holland, MI in 2011 at which Mike was one of the key league representatives on site. Mike also traveled to the 2013 D3 nationals in Springfield, MO to assist the D3 commissioner on site and even provided some color commentary for a few of the game broadcasts.