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Men’s Golf Takes First Place at MIAA Jamboree #5

Saturday, September 24, 2011

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ANGOLA, IN – The Calvin men’s golf team opened the second half of the MIAA regular season with a bang, winning MIAA Jamboree #5 with a team score of 294 strokes. Calvin remains in sixth place in the MIAA overall standings but has tightened the standings with three league outings left to play this fall. Calvin sits in sixth place with 1,554 strokes, seven strokes behind fifth place Trine and 10 strokes behind third place Alma and Olivet. Hope is in second place, 17 strokes ahead of Calvin while Adrian is in first place 24 strokes ahead of Calvin. In Saturday’s competition at Trine’s Zollner Golf Club, Calvin fought through rain showers to fire a season-best score. The Knights were paced by junior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) with a score of 71 that was good for second place individually.

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Men’s Soccer Picks Up 2-0 Road Win at Kalamazoo

Saturday, September 24, 2011

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KALAMAZOO - The Calvin men’s soccer team bumped its win streak to five games with a 2-0 MIAA victory at Kalamazoo College Saturday afternoon at the Kalamazoo Community Soccer Complex. Saturday’s game marked the opening stretch of a four-game road swing for the Knights. In a game that started 30 minutes late because of lightning in the Kalamazoo area, Calvin struck first, scoring on a goal by sophomore Ben Honeycutt late in the first half with senior Tyler Vegter and sophomore Zach Willis receiving credit for assists on the play. Calvin began to pick up the tempo in the second half and broke through for the clinching goal in the 85th minute of play as freshman Dino Duratovic whipped in a shot from inside the box after receiving a pass from freshman teammate Travis Vegter. Senior Jared Rushlau went the distance in nets for the Knights, collecting two saves and the shutout win. Calvin held a 12-7 shots at goal advantage including 6-2 in the second half. The Knights (7-2-0 overall, 3-0-0 MIAA) will travel to Trine University next Tuesday for a key MIAA contest slated to start at 4 p.m.

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Women’s Golf Captures Alma Invitational Title

Saturday, September 24, 2011

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ALMA - The Calvin women’s golf team captured the championship of the Alma Invitational Saturday afternoon. Competing in a field of seven teams, Calvin posted a team score of 351 strokes to finish three strokes ahead of the rest of the field. Junior Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had another outstanding performance, finishing second individually with a round of 80. Sophomore teammate Carlia Canto (Marysville/Port Huron Northern HS) had an 86 while junior Nicole Black (Grand Rapids/Kenowa Hills HS) had a 92. Rounding out Calvin’s finishers were freshmen Jackie and Laura Richert (Fort Gratiot/Port Huron Northern HS) with Jackie Richert posting a round of 93 and Laura Richert a round of 97. Calvin returns to action next Thursday, competing in an MIAA Tournament hosted by Albion at the Medalist Golf Club at 1 p.m.

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Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams Capture First Place at MIAA Jamboree

Saturday, September 24, 2011

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ANGOLA, IN – The nationally-ranked Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams put on an impressive show Saturday morning at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Trine University at the Zollner Golf Course as both teams took first place by solid margins. In the women’s race, ninth-ranked Calvin took first place with 27 points, 17 points ahead of rival Hope which entered Saturday’s race ranked 13th nationally. Senior Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) and junior Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) again led a powerful one-two punch up front with Hoekstra winning the 6K race in 22:52 while Penning was second in 23:20. On the men’s side, fifth-ranked Calvin nearly pulled off a perfect score, taking the top four spots and five of the top six to finish with 16 points, well ahead of 31st-ranked Albion which posted a team score of 61 points. On the men’s side, junior Matt VanderRoest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) had a monster day, winning the 8K race in a time of 26:01 as Calvin took the top four spots and five of the top six.

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Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Olivet 3-0 - Remains in Thick of Heated MIAA Race

Saturday, September 24, 2011

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Mark DeHaan

Entering its third contest in five days, the Calvin women’s soccer team was looking for some extra energy as it hosted the Comets of Olivet. The Comets, also playing in their third game of the week and entering play with an 0-8 overall record, were not to be overlooked, however. For one half of play, neither team was able to dent the back of the net but Calvin broke loose in the second half for three goals including two from junior Francesca Smith to record a 3-0 win. The Knights are now 3-1-0 in league play and just a half-game behind league-leading Alma (4-1-0 MIAA) which defeated Hope 3-1 Saturday afternoon.

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Calvin Volleyball Topples Trine 25-17, 28-26, 25-21 at Hershey Hall

Saturday, September 24, 2011

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ANGOLA, IN - The Calvin College women’s volleyball team looked to win its fifth straight conference match Saturday.  The Trine University Thunder was the one standing in the way.  The Knights were pushed, but pulled out a three set victory defeating the Thunder 25-17, 28-26, 25-21. Calvin (14-0, 5-0 MIAA) was led by Lizzie Kamp and senior Rebecca Kamp (Chicago Christian HS) who had 13 and 11 kills respectively despite hitting a season low .240 as a team.  Megan Rietema dished out 28 assist while senior Kelly Peterson (Anoka HS) added 13 digs.  Calvin as a team had eight blocks.  Top-ranked Calvin (14-0, 6-0 MIAA) returns to action on Wednesday when it plays host to the Hope College Flying Dutch at 6:30 p.m. at Van Noord Arena.

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Calvin Women’s Volleyball Team Rolls to Win Over Alma

Friday, September 23, 2011

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The top-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team rolled to a 25-14, 25-17, 25-13 victory over Alma Friday night at Van Noord Arena. The Knights are now 13-0 overall and 5-0 in the MIAA. Senior Rebecca Kamp had a big match with 14 kills and a blistering .632 attack percentage along with four block assists while sophomore setter Megan Rietema had 31 assists and five block assists. Senior Erin VanderPlas and junior Lizzie Kamp had eight kills apiece. Calvin had nine service aces in the match including five from junior Jennifer Pluymert and three from Rebecca Kamp. Senior Kelly Peterson also had 11 digs. Calvin will travel to Trine University on Saturday for a 1 p.m. conference match.

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Women’s Soccer Picks Up 4-1 Victory at Albion Behind Osterhaven Hat-Trick

Thursday, September 22, 2011

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ALBION - The Calvin women’s soccer team got back on the winning track with a 4-1 victory Thursday afternoon at Albion College. Freshman Samantha Osterhaven (Caledonia/South Christian HS) led the Calvin charge by scoring her first three collegiate goals all in Thursday’s win over the Britons. The hat-trick performance helped propel the Knights to a 4-0 lead with Albion scoring a second half goal to bring the final margin of victory to three. Junior Liz Cancel (St. Clair Shores/Fraser HS) also scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season for the Knights. Calvin (2-5-0 overall, 2-1-0 MIAA) will host Olivet on Saturday at noon.

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Senior Sweeperback Helps Lead Calvin Men’s Soccer Team In Win Over Hope

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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A senior sweeper for the Knights, Justin Ahearne has been key to the Knights strong start in the MIAA this season.  A product of Hudsonville High School, Ahearne is in his third year as a starter, but his first as sweeper. “He has a lot of responsibility as our sweeper, but he is a player that can handle the pressure,” said Head Coach Chris Hughes. When asked about playing in a Calvin-Hope game, Ahearne said “it’s nothing you can imagine. The nerves before hand, the intensity, the excitement and the atmosphere – it’s crazy.” The Knights defense played extremely well against the Dutchmen on Wednesday as it stopped Hope on a number of key opportunities, sealing the shutout and aiding Calvin to a 2-0 win. “We played well and withstood the pressure,” said Ahearne. “We were able to cover Hope’s waves. (goalkeeper Michael) Dolan really stepped up.”

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Women’s Golf Fourth at MIAA Jamboree Hosted by Hope

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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HOLLAND - The Calvin women’s golf team continues to remain in fourth place in the overall MIAA standings after finishing fourth at an MIAA Jamboree hosted by Hope College Wednesday afternoon at the Ravines Golf Club. The Knights fired a team score of 354 to finish 19 strokes ahead of fifth place Adrian while finishing nine strokes behind third place Saint Mary’s. Olivet took first place on Wednesday at 323 with host Hope second at 340.  Hope leads the overall standings at 665 with Olivet second at 668, Saint Mary’s third at 687 and Calvin fourth at 702. Trine is fifth at 737. The top four teams at the conclusion of the MIAA fall season will be eligible to compete for the MIAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA III Championships next spring when the MIAA Tournament is held.In Wednesday’s competition, sophomore Carlia Canto (Marysville/Port Huron Northern HS) tied for fourth place individually with a round of 84. Junior Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was close behind with an 86 that was good for a tie for sixth place.

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