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THEY DID IT AGAIN!!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

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Box Score

For the second time in four years, the Calvin women’s volleyball team has captured the national championship!! The Knights did so in dramatic style at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse, overcoming a two-sets-to-none deficit to win a 20-25, 12-25, 25-22, 25-17, 20-18 thriller. Playing in front of more than 3,300 fans, Calvin overcame an 11-8 deficit in the fifth set to win the match. Calvin took the lead at 13-12 and then had six championship point opportunities before finally putting away the win with a kill down the near sideline by senior Megan Rietema. Cal Lutheran (35-2) had one match point at 16-15 but the Knights fought it off with a kill by sophomore Maggie Kamp. Kamp finished with a team-high 27 kills and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. She was joined on the all-tournament team from Calvin by Rietema and senior Kristen Zietse. The national championship is the 10th in Calvin athletics history, joining the national title won by the 2010 volleyball team as well as crowns won in women’s cross country (1998 and 1998), men’s cross country (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006) and men’s basketball (1992, 2000).

Postmatch Press Conference

Photo Gallery by Rob Kurtycz

Holland Sentinel Coverage

Mlive.com Story

WOOD-TV 8 Coverage

NCAA.Com Video Recap

Calvin/Calvin Lutheran Full Video Replay

Amber Warners Postmatch Audio Interview

Kristen Zietse Audio Interview

Megan Rietema Audio Interview

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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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Cassie Vince Named Great Lakes Regional XC Athlete of the Year - Diemer Regional Coach of Year

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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USTFCCCA Regional Awards Announcement

Calvin College freshman Cassie Vince has been named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Athlete of the Year as named by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. A native of Amherst, Ohio, Vince ran away with the individual title at the Great Lakes Regional meet last Saturday, finishing her home 6K course at Calvin more than 14 seconds faster than the nearest runner. Her time of 21:27.82 was well clear of runner-up Emma Lehmann of Oberlin, leading the Knights to the team title. The win was her third of the season, including a title at the MIAA Championships. Vince is the first Calvin women’s cross country runner to win a regional title since Jessie Lair in 2003 and she is the sixth individual in Calvin women’s cross country history to do so. Meanwhile Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer has been named the Division III Great Lakes Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. Now in his eighth year at the helm of the Calvin women’s cross country program, Diemer is receiving the award for the fifth time in the last six years. This past Saturday, Diemer guided his team to a decisive team title at the Great Lakes Regional Championships over Oberlin and Hope, 54-104-105. Freshman Cassie Vince paced the Knights to the title with the individual win, while three others raced to top-15 finishes. Two weeks prior, Diemer’s Knights also claimed the MIAA Championships title. Ranked third nationally, the Calvin women’s cross country team will head into the NCAA III Championships final on Saturday at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana.

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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 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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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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Stacey Kamp and Kristen Zietse Receive MIAA Player of the Week Honors in Volleyball

Monday, November 11, 2013

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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.

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Danielle Carter and Jaimie Verbal Receive MIAA Women’s Soccer Player of the Week Honors

Monday, November 11, 2013

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin midfielder Danielle Carter and Calvin defender Jaimie Verbal its Players of the Week in women’s soccer for games played through November 9. Carter, a senior from DeWitt (DeWitt HS), provided solid ball distribution while also winning balls in the midfield with a high level of consistency as she led Calvin to three consecutive wins for the week to claim both the MIAA championship and the conference tournament.  She assisted on an crucial insurance goal in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Hope in the MIAA tournament championship game. Carter is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Verbal, a sophomore from Whitmore Lake (Dexter HS), helped key a Calvin backline last week that posted three consecutive shutout victories as the Knights claimed the both the MIAA championship and the conference tournament. The Knights shut out Hope 1-0 in a showdown game for the MIAA championship, then defeated Adrian 3-0 and Hope 2-0 to win the MIAA tournament and claim the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. Verbal is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in her career.

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Calvin Volleyball to Host NCAA III Regional at Van Noord Arena

Monday, November 11, 2013

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NCAA III Volleyball Bracket

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.

NCAA III Volleyball Interactive Bracket

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Rietema, Zietse and Danhoff Win MIAA Volleyball Awards - Calvin Players Named to All-MIAA Vball Team

Sunday, November 10, 2013

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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).

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