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Volleyball Advances to MIAA Tournament Finals to Face Hope

Friday, November 05, 2010

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HOLLAND - The seventh-ranked Calvin volleyball team advanced to the MIAA Tournament finals with a 25-23, 25-16, 20-25, 25-19 victory over Alma Friday night in the MIAA Tournament semifinals at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. Calvin will face host Hope in Saturday’s final at 4 p.m. Hope defeated Kalamazoo in Friday’s second semifinal match. Calvin’s victory over Alma was its third of the year over the Scots but took significantly more effort than Calvin’s three-set sweep over Alma this past Saturday at Van Noord Arena. Alma accumulated 68 digs in the match and forced Calvin to dig down deep to gain the win. Calvin trailed 6-1 in the fourth set but then went on a 15-5 scoring run to reverse the momentum and move on for the clinching fourth set win. Junior Erin VanderPlas had a season-high 16 kills and a .343 attack percentage for the Knights while junior Rebecca Kamp also had 16 kills. Sophomore Lizzie Kamp had 13 kills and 11 digs and junior Renee DeHaan eight kills and seven block assists. Freshman Mean Rietema had 48 assists and junior Kelly Peterson 18 digs. Saturday’s Calvin/Hope winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament next week.

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Rebecca Kamp Named to ESPN Academic All-District Second Team

Thursday, November 04, 2010

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Calvin College junior Rebecca Kamp has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV second team in womenís volleyball in the college division. The college division includes NCAA II and III schools as well as NAIA institutions. The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America program is organized and voted on by the College Sports Information Directorís Association (CoSIDA) of America.
Kamp carries a 3.88 grade point average while majoring in special education and minoring in mathematics.

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2010-11 Calvin Men’s Basketball Outlook

Thursday, November 04, 2010

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2010-2011 Calvin Men's Basketball Schedule

The Calvin men’s basketball team will head into the 2010-11 season as the two-time defending MIAA regular season champions. The Knights return three starters from a team that finished 19-9 overall and 12-2 in the MIAA a year ago. Returning starters include 6-6 senior forward Danny Rodts (Niles, MI/Niles HS), 5-9 senior point guard Trent Salo (Rudyard, MI/Rudyard HS) and 6-4 sophomore forward Tom Snikkers (Jenison, MI/Unity Christian HS). Other returning letterwinners include 6-10 senior post Brent Schuster (Denver, CO/Denver Christian HS), 6-6 senior forward Brad Schnyders (Hudsonville, MI/Unity Christian HS), 6-4 junior forward Brian Haverdink (Holland, MI/Holland Christian HS), 6-0 sophomore guard Bryan Powell (Wyoming, MI/Wyoming Park HS), 6-5 sophomore forward Matt DeBoer (Hudsonville, MI/Covenant Christian HS) and 6-7 sophomore post Adam DeYoung (Hudsonville, MI/Unity Christian HS).

Pre-Season Audio Interview With Calvin Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Vande Streek

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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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Men’s Soccer Stays in First Place in MIAA Standings With 2-1 Win at Albion

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

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ALBION - And down the stretch they come. Heading into the final weekend of the MIAA season, Calvin continues to hold a share of first place in the MIAA standings with three teams still in the hunt for the MIAA title. Calvin remained in the thick of the title hunt with a key 2-1 victory at Albion Wednesday afternoon. The Knights are 8-2-3 in league play (27 points) and continue to share first place with Hope (27 points) which defeated Kalamazoo 2-0 Wednesday night. Adrian (26 points) is just one point behind as the Bulldogs defeated Olivet 5-3 Wednesday evening. Calvin will host Trine on Saturday while Hope will travel to Olivet and Adrian will journey to Alma.

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Elaine Schnabel and Carly Prins Named to ESPN Academic All-District Teams

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

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Women's Soccer Academic All-District Teams

Two members of the Calvin women’s soccer team have received ESPN Academic All-District IV honors. Senior Elaine Schnabel has been named to the ESPN Academic All-District IV first team in the college division while senior teammate Carly Prins has been named to the third team. As a member of the first team, Schnabel now advances to the national ballot and is eligible for ESPN Academic All-America consideration. A two-year starter in midfield, Schnabel has two goals and six assists this year on a Calvin team that is currently 14-2-2 overall and ranked 16th by d3soccer.com. Prins is a native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Unity Christian High School. Also a midfielder, Prins is in the midst of an oustanding senior season as she has 11 goals, two assists and 24 points this fall.

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Scott Hooker and Ryan Bratt Receive ESPN Academic All-District Honors

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

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ESPN All-District Team Men's Soccer Teams

Two members of the Calvin men’s soccer team have received ESPN Academic All-District IV honors. Calvin seniors Scott Hooker and Ryan Bratt have both been named to the ESPN Academic All-District IV second team in the college division. Both players are receiving the honor for the first time.This year, Hooker has three goals and four assists on a Calvin team that is currently 13-2-2 overall and ranked 18th nationally. Bratt is from Silver Spring, Maryland. He is a graduate of Washington Christian Academy. Last fall, Bratt became Calvin’s starting goalkeeper late in the season and has been a lynchpin of the Calvin defense since. This year, Bratt is 13-2-3 in goal with 11 shutouts and a goals-against-average of 0.45. He is currently ranked 21st nationally in goals-against-average.

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Volleyball Picks up First Round MIAA Tournament Win Over Adrian - To Face Alma in Semis

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

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In the third meeting between the two teams this season, #2 seed Calvin and #7 seed Adrian faced off again at Calvinís Van Noord Arena Tuesday evening in a first round MIAA tournament match, with the #7 nationally ranked Knights defeating the Bulldogs in three sets (25-11, 25-13, 25-7).  The Knights were led by the Kamp sisters (Orland Park, IL) on the nets, with Becca and Lizzie finishing with 13 and 12 kills respectively. Calvin (25-3) will face Alma (18-11) in a semifinal match Friday night at 5:30 p.m. at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. Host Hope (24-4) will face Kalamazoo (19-9) in Friday’s second semifinal match. Friday’s winners will meet in the championship final on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament.

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Women’s Soccer Uses Second Half Comeback to Claim 2-1 Win Over Kalamazoo in MIAA Tournament Semis

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

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By sports information student assistant Derek Neice

Trailing 1-0 going into the second half and with the season on the line, Calvin rallied on its Senior Day with two second half goals to defeat the Hornets of Kalamazoo College in a thrilling MIAA tournament semifinal match.  Ranked 16th nationally by d3soccer.com, the Knights controlled the pace of the game in both halves, but after a late first half goal by Kalamazoo, Calvin (14-2-2) needed to come from behind to extend its conference season. Calvin did just that, scoring a pair of second half goals - one from senior Carly Prins and the game-winner from sophomore Jillian Honderd to claim a 2-1 victory. Calvin advances to Saturday’s MIAA Tournament Championship game at Alma (noon kickoff) with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament.

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Scott Hooker Named MIAA Offensive Player of the Week in Men’s Soccer

Monday, November 01, 2010

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For the second time in his career, Calvin College senior midfielder Scott Hooker has been named MIAA Offensive Player of the Week in men’s soccer.  Hooker, a senior from Hudsonville (Unity Christian HS), scored twice last week in leading the Knights to a pair of wins that kept them in a first-place tie in the MIAA with Hope heading into the seasonís final week. He scored the gameís only goal in a 1-0 victory over Olivet, then scored an insurance goal on a penalty kick in a 2-0 win over Alma.

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