Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011USTFCCCA Division III Top 25 Rankings
The first Division III Top 25 cross country polls as conducted by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association have been released and the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams are both nationally-ranked. On the men’s side, Calvin is ranked second behind North Central College. The Knights received one first place vote with North Central receiving seven first place votes. On the women’s side, Calvin is ranked 16th nationally, one spot behind 15th-ranked Hope. Middlebury (Vt.) is the top-ranked team in the women’s poll.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011NCAA Division III Special Olympics Website
By sports information student assistant Andrew Knot
As part of the Division III National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Calvin athletics recently joined a Division III partnership with the United Statesí Special Olympic Committee, adding a valuable opportunity to the athletic departmentís already service-driven outlook. The SAAC is an NCAA organization tiered at the national, conference, and school level. The national, and governing, branch of the organization, seeks to ďto enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image,Ē according to the organizationís website.
Tuesday, August 23, 20112011 Great Lakes Regional Preseason Cross Country Rank
The first set of Division III Great Lakes Regional rankings for men’s and women’s cross country have been released and both Calvin teams are ranked high in the rankings. The Calvin men are ranked number-one in the first men’s Great Lakes poll ahead of Wabash (2), Albion (3), Ohio Wesleyan (4) and Hope (5). On the women’s side, Hope is the top-ranked team in the Great Lakes Region while Calvin is ranked second, Ohio Northern third, Oberlin (Oh.) fourth and DePauw (Ind.) fifth. A year ago, both Calvin teams captured MIAA and Great Lakes Regional titles. At the NCAA III Championships, the Calvin men finished eighth while the Calvin women finished ninth. Both Calvin teams are scheduled to open their seasons on September 17 when the Knights host the annual Knight Invitational at the Gainey Athletic Complex.
Tuesday, August 23, 20112011 Calvin Women's Soccer Outlook
The Calvin women’s soccer team has been picked to finish second in the first-ever MIAA pre-season coaches’ poll. Defending MIAA champion Alma has been picked as the pre-season favorite with the Scots receiving six first place votes and the Knights of Calvin receiving three first place votes. Kalamazoo was picked to finish third and Adrian fourth. A year ago, Calvin finished second in the MIAA regular season behind Alma and then captured the MIAA Tournament title to gain its sixth straight trip to the NCAA III Tournament. The Knights finished with an overall record of 15-3-2. The 2011 MIAA season will feature a different look as the conference campaign will feature a double round-robin schedule for the first time since 2005 but will also include a four-team league tournament at the conclusion of the season with the top four teams from the regular season standings advancing to the league tournament. The winner of the MIAA Tournament will receive the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament. Over the past five years, the league featured a single round schedule for the regular season and a six or four team league tournament. The 2011 season will be the first year that there will be both a double round-robin regular season and a post-season league tournament.
2011 MIAA Pre-Season Women’s Soccer Poll Results: (first-place votes in parenthesis):1. Alma (6) 10 pts. 2. Calvin (3) 13. 3. Kalamazoo 22. 4. Adrian 34. 5. Hope 36. 6.
Olivet 40. 7. Saint Mary’s 53. 8. Albion 56. 9. Trine 60.
Monday, August 22, 20112011 Calvin Women's Volleyball Preview
The first-ever MIAA coaches’ poll in women’s volleyball has been announced and Calvin has been selected as the preseason choice to win the 2011 MIAA title. The Knights received eight first place votes in the poll while Hope received one first place vote. The Flying Dutch, who received the other first place vote, were picked to finish second in the poll. Alma was selected to finish third, followed by Kalamazoo, Olivet, Trine, Adrian, Saint Maryís and Adrian.
2011 MIAA Preseason Volleyball Poll Results: 1. Calvin (8) 8 pts. 2. Hope (1) 16. 3. Alma 24. 4. Kalamazoo 30. 5. Olivet 38. 6. Trine 39. 7. Adrian 50. 8. Saint Mary’s 55. 9. Albion 64.
Saturday, August 20, 20112011 Calvin Cross Country Schedule
The Calvin menís cross country team will head into the 2011 season looking to build upon a successful 2010 campaign. A year ago, the Knights captured their 24th consecutive MIAA title, their 15th straight Great Lakes Regional crown and added their 17th top-10 national finish in the last 18 years with an eighth place finish at the NCAA III Championships. Calvin returns 17 letterwinners from last yearís team including five of the seven runners that represented the team at the 2010 NCAA III Championships. Calvin has eight runners that received either first or second team All-MIAA accolades last fall. Returning first team All-MIAA selections include seniors Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) and Alex Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN/Moundsview HS) and juniors Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) and Matt VanderRoest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS). Returning All-MIAA second team selections are juniors Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/New Ipswich HS), Rhett Morici (St. Charles, IL/St. Charles North HS), Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS) and David Vande Bunte (Byron Center/Byron Center HS).
Saturday, August 20, 20112011 Calvin Cross Country Schedule
With a powerful one-two punch up front, a solid nucleus of returning veterans and a strong incoming freshmen class, the Calvin womenís cross country team will look to improve upon a 2010 season that included MIAA and Great Lakes Regional crowns as well as a ninth place finish at the NCAA III Championships.
Calvin returns 17 letterwinners from last yearís team including five that received either first or second team All-MIAA recognition. Senior Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) and junior Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) were both named to the All-MIAA first team last year. Together, they formed a dynamic one-two punch up front last fall as Hoekstra was first and Penning second at the 2010 MIAA Cross Country Championships.
Thursday, August 18, 20112011 Calvin Men's Soccer Preview
The first-ever MIAA pre-season men’s soccer (coaches) poll has been tabulated and Calvin has been picked to finish second. Calvin received three of a possible eight first place votes while Hope received the remaining five first place votes. A year ago, Calvin and Hope shared the MIAA regular season title with Calvin finishing with a 9-2-3 (30 points) conference record while Hope finished 10-4-0 (30 points) in league play. Hope handed Calvin both of its regular season defeats and earned the MIAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament. Calvin also received an at-large bid to the NCAA III Tournament and continued on to reach the NCAA III Quarterfinals.
MIAA Men’s Soccer Coaches Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Hope (5) 10. 2. Calvin (3) 11. 3. Olivet 21. 4. Adrian 28. 5. Kalamazoo 32. 6. Trine 37. 7. Alma 39. 8. Albion 46.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011AVCA Division III Top 25 Pre-Season Poll
The defending national champion Calvin women’s volleyball team will enter the 2011 season as the number-one ranked team in Division III volleyball. The Knights are ranked number-one in the Division III Top 25 pre-season poll released by the American Volleyball Coaches Association late this afternoon. The Knights received 36 of a possible 37 first place votes. A year ago, Calvin captured its first-ever national title, defeating Emory University (Ga.) in four sets in the national final, finishing 32-4 overall. Emory University is ranked second in the pre-season Top 25 poll and garnered the other first place vote. Washington University (Mo.) - the 2009 national champion - is ranked third in the pre-season poll while Christopher Newport (NC) is ranked fourth and Wittenberg (Oh.) fifth.2 >