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1986 National Runner-Up Volleyball Team Reunites at Calvin-Hope Volleyball Match

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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Karla Wolters Honorary Knight Announcement

(editors note: members of the 1986 National runner-up Calvin volleyball team including head coach Karla Wolters reunite this evening and were recognized in between sets two and three).

By Calvin Sports Information Director Jeff Febus

Topping a 37-4 season is no easy task for any volleyball team but the 1986 Calvin women’s volleyball team did just that and then some. In 1986, the Knights under the direction of head coach Karla Wolters put together a season like no other team in Calvin or MIAA history before, ripping off a 38-2 campaign that did not end until a heartbreaking five-game loss to the University of California at San Diego in the National Finals. The 38 win total is still a high water mark for any MIAA volleyball team as is the national runner-up finish.

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Hockey Night at Calvin - Knights Defeat Dordt & Raise Funds and Awareness for Cancer

Friday, October 23, 2009

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Box Score

By Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot

In what was billed as, “The Battle for CRC Ice Supremacy,” the Calvin College Knights took total control of the Dordt Blades, capitalizing on seemingly unlimited chances, conceding limited opportunities, and exercising an irresistible perseverance in an 8-3 victory at Calvin’s home Jolly Roger Arena. 

But interdenominational competition was not the only focus of the game.  The game served as a fundraiser for breast cancer.  Pink shirts, shoelaces, and stick tape set the scene for a special night.  Calvin College President Dr. Gaylen Byker and Academic Services Disability Coordinator June DeBoer ceremonially dropped the first puck.  The night marked the one year anniversary of DeBoer’s diagnosis of breast cancer, which she has since overcome. 

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Calvin Volleyball/Hockey Teams To Raise Cancer Awareness & Funds for Cancer Research Friday Night

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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GRAND RAPIDS—The Calvin women’s volleyball team and the Calvin ACHA hockey team will be raising cancer awareness and funds for cancer research Friday night.

The volleyball team will be participating in the Dig for a Cure drive, sponsored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association during its home match with Adrian Friday at the Van Noord Arena at 6:30 p.m. As part of the evening’s events, players from both teams will be wearing pink uniform attire. Calvin volleyball players have been accepting pledges for the drive with all donations going to the American Cancer Society. Pledges include donations for each dig recorded by a player as well as direct donations and pledges for the drive.

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Calvin Basketball Teams Receive Preseason National Rankings by DIII News/WDIII News

Thursday, October 15, 2009

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DIII News/WDIII News Site

The Calvin men’s and women’s basketball teams are both ranked nationally in the preseason issues of DIII News and WDIII News respectively.

In the DIII News preseason top 25 poll, Calvin is ranked 18th. Defending national champion Washington University of St. Louis is the preseason number-one ranked team. Calvin is one of two MIAA teams in the preseason top 25 poll as Hope is ranked 11th.

Meanwhile, the Calvin women’s basketball team is ranked 20th in the WDIII News preseason top 25 poll. Washington University of St. Louis - last year’s national runner-up - is the preseason number-one ranked team. Calvin is one of two MIAA teams in the preseason WDIII News poll as defending MIAA champion Hope is ranked third.

DIII News/WDIII New Top 25 Preseason Polls

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Vander Plas and Bruskewitz Receive MIAA Player of the Week Honors in Volleyball

Monday, October 12, 2009

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  –  The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin outside hitter Erin VanderPlas its Player of the Week and Calvin setter Nora Bruskewitz its Specialty Player of the Week in volleyball for the week ending October 11.

VanderPlas, a sophomore from McBain (Northern Michigan Christian HS), delivered 28 kills for a hitting percentage of .566 in leading the Knights to a 3-0 record in MIAA matches for the week. She had 12 kills in a sweep of Kalamazoo, and 11 kills with a hitting percentage of .786 in a sweep of Saint Mary’s. VanderPlas, who is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in her career, added 12 digs, five blocks and three service aces for the week.

Bruskewitz, a senior from Milwaukee, Wis. (Milwaukee Lutheran HS), dished out 111 assists (12.3 per set) in Calvin’s three matches for the week. She added 11 digs and four blocks as Calvin swept Saint Mary’s, Albion and Kalamazoo to remain within striking distance of first place in the MIAA. Bruskewitz is being honored as Specialty Player of the Week for the first time in her career.

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Alex McKenzie Named MIAA Offensive Player of the Week in Men’s Soccer

Monday, October 12, 2009

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin forward Alex McKenzie its MIAA Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending October 11.

McKenzie, a senior from Lindenhurst, Ill. (Antioch HS), scored both of Calvin’s goals in the second half as the Knights posted a 2-0 MIAA win over Trine. The win moved Calvin into sole possession of first place in the MIAA. McKenzie is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

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Women’s XC Team Ranked Number-One/Men Ranked 15th

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

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Division III Cross Country National Rankings

For the first time this year, the Calvin women’s cross country is alone in the top spot in the Division III Top 35 rankings released by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association.

The Knights received 279 points in this week’s poll to move into sole possession of the top spot. Johns Hopkins (271 points) is now ranked second after sharing the top spot with Calvin a week ago.

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Lucas Wilgenburg Named MIAA’s Defensive Player of the Week in Men’s Soccer

Monday, October 05, 2009

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For the second time in his career, Calvin College junior Lucas Wilgenburg has been named the MIAA’s Defensive Player of the Week in men’s soccer.

Wilgenburg, a junior from Visalia, Calif. (Central Valley Christian HS), backstopped the Calvin defense with his marking and heading skills as the Knights posted back-to-back shutouts, blanking Olivet, 1-0, and Albion, 5-0. With Wilgenburg playing a key role, Calvin has been unscored upon in its first four MIAA games and has allowed just two goals in 10 games this season. 

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Rebecca Kamp Named MIAA Volleyball Player of the Week

Monday, September 28, 2009

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For the second time this season and for the fourth time in her collegiate carere, Calvin College sophomore Rebecca Kamp has been named the MIAA’s Volleyball Player of the Week.

A sophomore from Orland Park, Ill. (Chicago Christian HS), Kamp pounded home 42 kills and had a hitting percentage of .359 in leading the Knights to a 2-1 record in MIAA action for the week.

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Kurt Van Sickel Receives MIAA Co-Offensive Player of the Week Honors In Men’s Soccer

Monday, September 21, 2009

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For the first time in his collegiate career, Calvin College junior forward Kurt Van Sickel has received MIAA Offensive Player of the Week honors in men’s soccer. Van Sickel shares the award this week with Olivet forward Mike May.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Van Sickel scored four goals this past weekend as the nationally-ranked Calvin men’s soccer team rolled to a pair of victories at a weekend tournament hosted by Wittenberg, Ohio.

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