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Volleyball Team Headed to St. Louis For Elite Eight Round of NCAA III Tournament

Monday, November 15, 2010

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The Calvin women’s volleyball team will open play in the Elite Eight Round of the NCAA III Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday when it faces the University of Massachusetts Boston at 4 p.m. (EST). Calvin will be joined at the national finals by New York University, Emory University, St. Thomas, Juniata College, Christopher Newport University and host Washington University. All of the pairings and matchups can be found on the Washington University website at: Washington University Tournament Site. A championships banquet will also be held on Thursday night at the St. Louis Ballpark Hilton. Tickets for the banquet are available to the public but must be purchase by 1 p.m. (EST) Wednesday (November 17). The tickets can be purchase online at: Purchase Tickets for NCAA III Volleyball Banquet

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Men’s Soccer Headed to Sectional Tournament Hosted by UW-Oshkosh

Monday, November 15, 2010

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Wisconsin-Oshkosh Visitor's Guide

(with assistance from Wisconsin-Oshkosh SID Kennan Timm)

The Calvin men’s soccer team will travel to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for a four-team NCAA III Sectional Tournament this weekend. Action in the Oshkosh Sectional begins Friday with a 6 p.m. (EST) match between UW-Oshkosh and Loras College (Iowa). That contest will be followed by a 8:30 p.m. (EST) game between Calvin College (Mich.) and UW-Whitewater. Friday’s winners meet Saturday at 7 p.m. (EST) for the sectional championship and a trip to San Antonio, Texas, for the semifinals and final on Dec. 3-4.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh Visitor’s Guide

All three games can be viewed on the Internet by going to the website address of:  Oshkosh Sectional Video Broadcasts

Live stats will be available at: Oshkosh Sectional Live Stats Scoreboard

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Calvin Fall Sports Teams Establish New School Record

Sunday, November 14, 2010

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When the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams punched their tickets to the NCAA III Championships this past weekend at the Great Lakes Regional meet on Saturday, a new Calvin fall sports record was established. The men’s and women’s cross country teams were the fifth and sixth Calvin fall sports teams to earn spots in their respective NCAA III Championships competition, breaking the previous school record of five.

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NCAA III Tournament Opponents Set for Men’s Soccer and Women’s Volleyball Teams

Sunday, November 14, 2010

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The opponents in the next round of NCAA III Tournament competition are now set for the Calvin men’s soccer and Calvin women’s volleyball teams. The Calvin men’s soccer team (16-2-4) will face Wisconsin-Whitewater (14-2-3) in a Sweet 16 round game at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Sectional host Wisconsin-Oshkosh (18-0-3) will face Loras (16-6-1) in the other half of the four-team sectional bracket. Dates and times for the sectional tournament will be announced on Monday. In volleyball, Calvin (29-4) will face the University of Massachusetts Boston (29-4) in a national quarterfinal match on Friday at 4 p.m. (EST) at the Washington University Field House in St. Louis, Missouri.

NCAA III Men’s Soccer Tournament Interactive Bracket

NCAA III Volleyball Tournament Interactive Bracket

Washington University NCAA III Volleyball Tournament Site

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Swimming & Diving Teams Split With Hope - Krafft Shatters School Record on One-Meter Board

Sunday, November 14, 2010

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Calvin/Hope Results

The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams welcomed rival Hope to Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center for conference dual meets on Saturday. On the women’s side, the 18th-ranked Calvin women’s team held off 17th-ranked Hope 163.5-to-136.5 while the Calvin men put in a good showing despite falling to 15th-ranked Hope 174-124.

Freshman Andrew Kraft (Fort Wayne, IN) highlighted the day for the Calvin men by winning the one-meter diving competition with a NCAA III qualifying and school record score of 311.10, breaking the previous Calvin record of 305.20 set by Jake Chapman in 1999. Kraft also won the three-meter competition with a score of 279.30.

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Men’s Basketball Drops 91-69 Exhibition Contest at Ferris State

Sunday, November 14, 2010

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BIG RAPIDS - The Calvin men’s basketball team dropped a 91-69 decision at Ferris State Saturday night. Because of different starting dates for NCAA II and NCAA III basketball teams, the game will count as an exhibition contest for Calvin and a regular season non-conference contest for Ferris State.

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Women’s Volleyball Captures First Regional Title Since 1992 With Win Over 2nd-Ranked Wittenberg

Saturday, November 13, 2010

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Photos Courtesy of Wittenberg University

By Sports Information Director Jeff Febus and Sports Information Student Assistant Mitch Blankespoor

SPRINGFIELD, OH - The third time proved to be the charm for the Calvin women’s volleyball team. In a stunning upset, the 10th-ranked Knights defeated the second-ranked Wittenberg Tigers on their home floor in the regional final Saturday night by scores of 25-23, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23. With the win, Calvin (29-4) advances to the Elite Eight for the first time since the 1992 season. The Elite Eight will take place at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, which ironically is the same site that Calvin traveled to in 1992 when the Knights reached the NCAA III Final Four. Saturday’s match marked the third meeting between Calvin and Wittenberg in a regional final with the Tigers winning in 2005 (at Wittenberg) and in 2006 (at Calvin). The third meeting in the regional final proved to be a different story however as the Knights came out with determination from the outset, winning the first set with a five-point run after trailing 23-20.

Wittenberg Regional Site

NCAA III Interactive Bracket

NCAA Division III Regional Final- Wittenberg University from Wittenberg University on Vimeo.

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Calvin Women’s Cross Country Team Capture Third Straight Great Lakes Regional Title

Saturday, November 13, 2010

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Great Lakes Regional Site

HOLLAND, MI - The Calvin women’s cross country team fought off a rugged group of teams to capture its third consecutive Great Lakes Regional title Saturday afternoon at the West Ottawa Golf Club. Ranked seventh nationally, Calvin finished with a first place team score of 69 points in the 6K race, outdistancing 10th-ranked Hope which took second with 103 points. Both teams qualify for next week’s NCAA III Championships at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Calvin junior Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) led the Knights by placing fourth individually in a time of 21:48. She was one of three Calvin runners in the top 10 as sophomore Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was ninth (22:07) and senior Gretchen Braymer (Alymer, PA/Collegiate Academy) 10th (22:09).

Brian Diemer Audio Interview

Al Hoekstra Audio Interview

Regional Meet Photo Gallery Taken by Dave DeKorne

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Men’s Soccer Wins Penalty Kick Shootout 3-1 Over Dominican in 2nd Round of NCAA III Tournament

Saturday, November 13, 2010

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(Photo by Sandy Palmatter)

By Calvin College Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Itís off to the races yet again for the victorious Calvin Knights after a thrilling match that went all the way to a penalty shootout against the Dominican Stars.  The Stars got on the board early on in the second half to take the lead, but Calvin managed to equalize with just under 14 minutes to play and force overtime.  Two scoreless extra periods then went by, and the Knights clinched a bid to the Round of 16 in penalties as they outscored Dominican 3-1 in that do-or-die situation, with senior keeper Ryan Bratt (Silver Sprong, MD) making three monstrous saves to key the win. The Knights will wait to see where they will end up next for the round of 16.  Those next games will take place next weekend.

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Calvin Men’s XC Captures Great Lakes Regional Title - Kramer Repeats as Individual Champion

Saturday, November 13, 2010

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Regional Site With Results

HOLLAND, MI—The Calvin men’s cross country team is headed back to the NCAA III Championships. The fourth-ranked Knights punched their ticket to next week’s national meet in Waverly, Iowa, with a first place score of 57 points at the Great Lakes Regional meet hosted by Hope College Saturday at the West Ottawa Golf Club. The first place performance allowed the Knights to capture the Great Lakes Regional title for the 15th straight year.

Junior Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) led the way with a commanding first place individual finish in a time of 24:57, more than 13 seconds ahead of the next competitor. In taking first place, Kramer repeated as Great Lakes Regional individual champion.

Brian Diemer Audio Interview

Al Hoekstra Audio Interview

Men’s Photo Gallery

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