Wednesday, November 06, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Calvin women’s basketball team has been picked to finish second in the MIAA in the preseason conference coaches’ poll released earlier this afternoon. Defending co-champion Hope has been installed as the preseason favorite in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association women’s basketball race for the 2013-14 season. The Flying Dutch, who shared the MIAA title with Calvin last winter and won the conference tournament before advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III tournament, received eight out of a possible nine first-place votes in the preseason poll of the league’s coaches. Coaches could not vote for their own team. Calvin was picked to finish second, followed by Olivet and Adrian.
Women’s Poll Results (First-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Hope (8) 8 pts. 2. Calvin (1/2) 15. 3. Olivet (1/2) 21. 4. Adrian 38. 5. Albion 41. 6. Trine 42. 7. Alma 43. 8. Saint Mary’s 51. 9. Kalamazoo 64.
MIAA teams will tip off their season Nov. 15, with the first conference game just four days later, on Nov. 19 when Hope travels to Calvin.
Monday, November 04, 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 Novmeber 2. Rietema, a senior from Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids Christian HS), dished out 67 assists (11.2 per set) and added 11 kills, 13 digs and seven blocks as the Knights claimed a share of the MIAA championship with a pair of victories for the week. She had 31 assists, six kills, six blocks and six digs in a sweep of Adrian, then added 36 assists, five kills and seven digs in a sweep of Kalamazoo. Rietema is being honored as Player of the Week for the fourth time this season and 12th time in her career. Calvin will host the MIAA Tournament this Friday and Saturday with the semifinals set for Friday at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. and the finals slated for 4 p.m. On Friday, Hope will face Trine at 5:30 with Calvin and Saint Mary’s to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Calvin College junior Travis Vegter continues to add to his collection of honors. On Tuesday afternoon, Vegter was named the Division III National Player of the Week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School, Vegter scored five goals and added one assist last week in leading Calvin to victories over Adrian and Olivet. in a 5-1 win over Adrian, he scored two goals along with one assist. He then netted a hat trick on Saturday, scoring all three of Calvin’s goals in a 3-2 sudden-death overtime win. The hat-trick performance was his second of the year. He has now scored in five consecutive games. A striker, Vegter currently has 23 goals and three assists on the year for 49 points. His goal total matches the second-highest single-season total in Calvin men’s soccer history. He is currently ranked third in NCAA III men’s soccer in total goals scored, second in goals-per-game average (1.53) and second in points-per-game average (3.27). Calvin is back in action tonight when it travels to Kalamazoo for a 7 p.m. conference game. Vegter is the third Calvin athlete this fall to receive national player of the week honors. Earlier this fall, Calvin freshman Cassice Vince was named the Division III national athlete of the week in women’s cross country and two weeks ago, Calvin sophomore Maggie Kamp was named the Division III national player of the week in volleyball.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Calvin Game Day is hosting the second annual “MidKnight Madness” on Thursday, October 31, to introduce the 2013-2014 Calvin men’s and women’s basketball teams and to rally Knight Nation for the fall postseason and winter sports seasons.The Calvin men’s basketball team returns nine players from a 26-4 team that made an NCAA III Sweet Sixteen appearance last year and captured MIAA regular season and MIAA Tournament titles.The Calvin women’s basketball team returns eight players from a successful 23-4 campaign last year that saw the Knights capture a share of the MIAA regular season title and reach the NCAA III Tournament.The event is scheduled to begin at 10:00 p.m. inside Van Noord Arena but students should arrive at 9:30 p.m. so they can purchase the new student section t-shirts and take pictures for the costume contest. Students are encouraged to dress up because cash prizes will be given to the most creative costumes. The best individual costume will win $100, the best pair/couple will win $200, and the best group of four or more will win $400. On top of that, everyone that shows up in a costume will be entered into a contest to win an iPad. The night will be full of games, giveaways, and fun! For more information add Calvin Game Day on Facebook and follow @CalvinGameDay on Twitter. Last year Calvin student Brendan Coallier won a free semester’s worth of books by hitting a half-court shot at Calvin’s MidKnight Madness Event.
Monday, October 21, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin’s Brett Stoughton its Athlete of the Week in men’s swimming and diving for meets through October 19. Stoughton, a freshman from Centerville, Ind. (Centerville HS), helped pace the Knights to a one-two finish in the 200 medley relay at Saturday’s MIAA Relays by posting a meet-best :24.85 50-yard backstroke on the lead leg of the relay. He also swam on four other winning relays – the 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 200 backstroke and 400 individual medley. Stoughton is being honored as Athlete of the Week for the first time in his career. Calvin will host Hillsdale and Grand Valley State in a triangular this Friday at 5 p.m. inside the Venema Aquatic Center.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Maggie Kamp, a sophomore outside hitter for No. 1 Calvin College, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week. It was another dominate week for the Knights, notching another five wins, all in straight sets, with four of them coming against teams ranked in the top-15 of the AVCA Coaches Poll. After nailing 14 kills on .520 hitting in the sweep over Olivet, she went on to tally an additional 55 combined kills, 20 digs and 11 blocks in the next four matches over No. 7 Mount Union, No. 13 Wittenberg, No. 6 Elmhurst and No. 15 Chicago. In her final three matches of the week she never hit lower than .400, finishing with a 15-kill performance and a .517 hitting percentage over the Maroons. For the week, the sophomore averaged 4.6 kills, 1.47 digs and one block per set to go along with her .382 hitting percentage. Also of note, in 86 reception attempts she recorded just two errors, which came in one match against Wittenberg. This is the seventh time a student-athlete from Calvin has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week, with the most recent coming from her sister Rebecca Kamp on September 20, 2011. The Knights are coached by Amber Warners.
Monday, September 16, 2013
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has named Calvin College freshman Cassie Vince its NCAA Division III National Athlete of the Week for week three of the NCAA cross country season. A native of Amherst, Ohio (Amherst HS), Vince of No. 11 Calvin led the Knights to a decisive team victory at their own Calvin Knight Invitational that included a top-35 team in Case Western and a top-25 NAIA program in No. 9 St. Francis (Ill.). Vince completed the 5K course in 17:40.77, more than 13 seconds ahead of the next-fastest finisher. Behind Vince’s average per-mile pace of 5:41, No. 11 Calvin easily triumphed over St. Francis and Case Western in the team race by 61 points, scoring a first place team score of 40 points. Calvin is back in action on September 28 when it competes at an MIAA Jamboree hosted by Adrian College.
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, August 21, 2013
Defending champion Calvin has been chosen the preseason favorite to win the 2013 MIAA men’s soccer championship.The Knights, who won the both the MIAA championship and the conference tournament last fall, edged out Hope in the preseason poll by one point, with both teams receiving three first-place votes. Kalamazoo, which was picked to finish third, received two first-place votes in the poll of the league’s coaches. Olivet, which advanced to the championship game of the MIAA tournament last fall, was picked fourth, followed by Adrian, Alma, Trine and Albion. Calvin will open its season on August 30 at 2011 national champion Ohio Wesleyan University. Calvin’s opening conference game is slated for September 17 at home vs rival Hope at 4:30 p.m. Calvin has won at least a share of the last six MIAA regular season titles.
Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Calvin (3) 13 pts. 2. Hope (3) 14. 3. Kalamazoo (2) 21. 4. Olivet 22. 5. Adrian 32. 6. Alma 36. 7. Trine 39. 8. Albion 47.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
For the second consecutive year, the Calvin women’s volleyball team has received the AVCA Academic Team Award. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.Under the direction of head coach Amber Warners, the Calvin women’s volleyball team compiled a 3.527 grade point average as a team during the 2012-13 academic year. It was a landmark year for the Calvin women’s volleyball team as the Knights captured their third straight MIAA regular season title, garnered their second straight MIAA Tournament title and then advanced all the way to the NCAA III National Championship final before falling in five sets to St. Thomas. Earlier this year, the Calvin women’s volleyball team received the MIAA’s Team GPA Award. Individually, senior Lizzie Kamp was named the Division III Capital One Academic All-American of the year.« First < 2 3 4 5 6 > Last »