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2011 Calvin Men’s Golf Outlook

Monday, August 15, 2011

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2011 Calvin Men's Golf Schedule

The Calvin men’s golf team will enter the 2011 MIAA season like no previous Calvin team before. For the first time the Knights will enter conference play as defending MIAA champions. Calvin captured the 2010 MIAA title in improbable fashion, overcoming a 19-stroke deficit on the final day of the league season to edge Trine by two strokes for the MIAA Championship – the first in Calvin men’s golf history. As MIAA champions, the Knights garnered the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA III Championships in the spring, finishing 26th out of 40 teams.

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2011 Calvin Women’s Golf Outlook

Sunday, August 14, 2011

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2011 Calvin Women's Golf Schedule

With four returning letterwinners and an incoming freshmen class of five student-athletes, the Calvin women’s golf team will feature one of its largest rosters in recent memory. Calvin will open its season on September 6 at a tournament hosted by North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.  The Knights will then compete at the two-day (September 9 and 10) Olivet Invitational and will later compete at the Alma Invitational on September 24.  There will also be four league tournaments beginning on September 15 at Trine’s Zollner Golf Course. The 36-hole MIAA (fall) Tournament will take place on October 7 and 8 at the Bedford Valley Country Club in Battle Creek. The top four teams in the final fall standings will then be eligible to compete for the MIAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament when the league holds three qualifying rounds in the spring.

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2011 Calvin Women’s Volleyball Preview

Saturday, August 13, 2011

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2011 Calvin Volleyball Schedule

By Sports Information Student Assistant Mitch Blankespoor

The 2010 Calvin volleyball season is best described as an up and down season.  The lowest point of the 2010 season came on November 6th at the DeVos Fieldhouse.  The Knights had just been beat in straight sets by the Hope College Flying Dutch in the MIAA Tournament Final. “Right after that match, I doubted our team’s ability to win a big match.  But after we talked in the locker room, I could see the desire in the girl’s eyes.  We didn’t want our season to end.” Head coach Amber Warners recalled. She proved to be right, and the high point of Calvin’s season came sixteen days later on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.  The Knights hoisted the NCAA III national championship trophy after a four set victory over top ranked Emory University (GA).

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2011 Calvin Men’s Soccer Preview

Thursday, August 11, 2011

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2011 Calvin Men's Soccer Schedule

By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot

After two consecutive NCAA tournament runs and an elite eight finish last year, the Knights’ soccer program is on the precipice of annual national contention.  Sustaining that success, and ultimately improving on it, makes for a daunting challenge, but Coach Chris Hughes, who remains confident in both his returning and incoming talent, is eager to see what transpires on the field of play. Last season’s team finished 16-3-5 and 9-2-3 in conference.  The Knights extended their streak of conference titles to four years and enter this year the seventh ranked team in the country, according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

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2011 Calvin Softball Preview

Monday, March 14, 2011

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2011 Calvin Softball Schedule

The 2011 Calvin softball team will look to improve upon a 2010 season that saw the Knights finish 11-24 overall and tied for sixth place in the final MIAA standings with a 6-10 conference mark. Of Calvin’s six league victories, two were against teams near the top of the league standings as the Knights upset third-place Trine and second place Adrian during the conference campaign while losing a narrow 4-3 decision to conference champion Alma. A large part of Calvin’s 2010 success was due to the pitching of Shelby Mast (Hudsonville/Hudsonville HS) who fashioned a 10-18 record along with an impressive 2.42 earned run average - en route to receiving All-MIAA second team honors.

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2011 Calvin Men’s Tennis Preview

Thursday, March 10, 2011

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2011 Calvin Men's Tennis Schedule

The Calvin men’s tennis team returns seven letterwinners from a team that finished 15-9 a year ago and in third place in the final MIAA regular season standings. Returning letterwinners include seniors Andrew DeVlieger and Roland Eldridge, junior Vashan Wright and sophomores Jarrod Brower, Brian DeMaagd, Preston Phillips and Philip Reinken. DeMaagd, Reinken and Phillips all recorded 13 wins in singles play in 2010. Calvin opens non-conference dual match play on March 17 when it travels to Grand Valley State University. Conference play begins on March 30 when the Knights journey to Albion. The Calvin Sports Information office caught up with head coach John Ross for a preseason outlook earlier this week and filed an audio report which can be found below:

John Ross Preseason Audio Interview

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2011 Calvin Women’s Tennis Preview

Thursday, February 24, 2011

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2011 Calvin Women's Tennis Schedule

The Calvin women’s tennis team will open its 2011 season on Friday when it travels to Wheaton College (IL) for a non-conference match. The Knights will then face Coe College (IA) Saturday afternoon in a match scheduled to be played in Wheaton.Oosterhouse and Spoelhof were both named to the All-MIAA first team last spring. Oosterhouse was also named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player and later earned Academic All-America honors as well as the prestigious NCAA Elite 88 Award which she received while competing at the NCAA III Single Tournament in May. The Calvin Sports Information Department caught up with head Calvin women’s tennis coach Jerry Bergsma to preview the upcoming season. That audio preview can be found online at: Jerry Bergsma Preseason Audio Interview

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2011 Calvin Baseball Preview

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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2011 Calvin Baseball Schedule

The Calvin baseball team will open its 2011 season with a three-game weekend series at Centre College (KY) March 4 and 5. The Knights will then participate in seven games in Tucson, Arizona, March 18-22. The Knights will return home to open its MIAA campaign with a four-game series against defending league champion Adrian March 25 and 26. Calvin returns 19 letterwinners from its 2010 team that finished 18-20 overall and in fourth place in the MIAA with a 15-13 conference record. The Knights return a first team All-MIAA selection in senior pitcher Keith Spoelstra and a second All-MIAA selection in first baseman/DH Andrew Bosma (pictured left). Spoelstra is one of four returning pitchers from Calvin’s starting rotation from a year ago. Other returning pitchers from the Calvin starting rotation include seniors Peter Steiner and Jeff Groenewold and sophomore Eric Poencet. The Calvin Sports Information Department caught up with head coach John Sparks for a pre-season audio interview previewing the upcoming season which can be found at: John Sparks 2011 Calvin Baseball Preseason Audio Interview

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2010-11 Calvin Women’s Basketball Outlook

Thursday, November 04, 2010

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2010-11 Calvin Women's Basketball Schedule

The Calvin women’s basketball team will seek to continue the momentum of a 24-5 campaign of a year ago. The Knights parlayed the 24-win season into their first NCAA III Tournament appearance in four years. Calvin returns two starters and nine letterwinners from its 2009-10 team. Returning starters include 5-11 junior forward Courtney Kurncz (St. Johns, MI/St. Johns HS) and 6-2 sophomore center Carissa Verkaik (Holland, MI/Holland Christian HS). Other returning letterwinners include 5-3 senior guard Leah Morrison (Chelsea, MI/Chelsea HS), 5-6 senior guard Allie Duernberger (Long Beach, CA/Corona Del Mar HS), 5-7 junior point guard Leah Mattson (Cadillac, MI/Cadillac HS), 5-6 junior guard Jill Thomas (Grand Rapids, MI/West Catholic HS), 5-5 sophomore guard Kelsey Irwin (Fraser, MI/Fraser HS), 5-11 sophomore forward Ally Wolffis (Muskegon, MI/Mona-Shores HS) and 6-0 sophomore post Julia Hilbrands (Grand Rapids, MI/Grand Rapids Christian HS).

Pre-Season Audio Interview with Women’s Basketball Coach John Ross

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2010-11 Calvin Women’s Swimming & Diving Outlook

Thursday, October 21, 2010

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Dan Gelderloos Preseason Audio Interview

The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team will be seeking its seventh straight MIAA title this winter. The Knights have won nine of the last 11 MIAA crowns.

The Knights return 18 letterwinners including three that earned All-MIAA honors in 2010. Returning All-MIAA selections include senior Monica Bressler (Sandusky, OH/Perkins HS), junior Rachel Bos (Hudsonville, MI/Unity Christian HS) and sophomore Elizabeth Counsel (Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian HS). The MIAA Championships will be held at nearby Jenison High School February 17-19. The NCAA III Championships will take place March 23-26 at the University of Tennessee

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