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Women’s Soccer Blanks Saint Mary’s 5-0 Saturday

Saturday, October 22, 2011

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(photo by Sandy Palmatter)

Calvin got back on the winning track with a 5-0 victory at Saint Mary’s Saturday afternoon.  Calvin led 2-0 at halftime and received five saves from sophomore goalkeeper Ashton Hearn to post the shutout victory. Calvin is now 8-9-0 overall and 8-5-0 in the MIAA. The Knights remain six points behind Kalamazoo for fourth place in the MIAA standings. Calvin got on the scoreboard in the 11th minute on senior Kara Zondervan’s goal as she ripped in a shot off a pass from junior Francesca Smith. Junior Liz Cancel then put the Knights up 2-0 five minutes later on a shot from the top of the box. In the second half, sophomore Paige Rindels and freshman Sam Osterhaven scored unassisted goals while Smith scored off an assist from Cancel in the 83rd minute of play to close out the scoring. Calvin will travel to Olivet next Wednesday for a 4 p.m. conference match.

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Men’s Soccer Claims 4-1 Win Over Trine in Front of Homecoming Crowd

Saturday, October 22, 2011

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot

The Knights improved their league-best record to 13-3-1 overall and 9-1-1 in conference with a 4-1 dismantling of Trine on Saturday in front of more than 300 Calvin Homecoming fans. Trine issued the Knights their lone conference loss earlier in the year, with a 2-0 result in Angola, Indiana.  Trine scored first on Saturday but the Knights responded with four goals including three in the second half. Scoring for Calvin on Saturday were sophomore Zach Willis, senior Tyler Vegter, junior Chris Nance and senior Brad Heethuis. Heading into Saturday’s game, Trine had allowed just four goals in league play. Michael Dolan had two saves for Calvin in goal. The Knights outshot Trine 23-9. Calvin will host Albion next Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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Volleyball Rolls to Win Over Olivet in Front of Homecoming Crowd at Van Noord Arena

Friday, October 21, 2011

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot

The top-ranked Knights upheld their perfect record with a sweep of the Olivet Comets on Friday night.  Calvin won by scores of 25-15, 25-9, and 25-14. Senior Rebecca Kamp had 17 kills and a sizzling attack percentage of .654 while sister Lizzie Kamp had 11 kills and an attack percentage of .308. Calvin had 10 different players notch at least one kill in the match. Sophomore setter Megan Rietema had 37 assists. Rebecca Kamp also had three service aces. Calvin will face Alma and Finlandia on Saturday with the Alma match set for 1 p.m. and the non-conference match with Finlandia set for 4:30 p.m.

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Calvin/Hope Volleyball Rivalry Featured on NCAA.com

Friday, October 21, 2011

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NCAA.com Rivalries Story

The Calvin-Hope volleyball rivalry is cited as one of the top rivalries to watch during the fall sports season in a feature story put together by the NCAA website. The rivalry is one of several fall sports rivalries mentioned in the online feature. NCAA.com Rivalries Story

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Four Members of 2011 Calvin Softball Team Receive NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete Honors

Friday, October 21, 2011

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NFCA Academic Honor Roll List

Four members of the 2011 Calvin College softball team have received NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete honors. The four individuals from that Calvin team to be so honored include Shelby Mast (Hudsonville/Hudsonville HS), Heather Sanderson (Rockford/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Malissa Swinkels (Beamsville/Smithville District Christian HS) and Rebekah Kline (Rochester/Oakland Christian HS). The award is given to any player submitted by a member coach who achieved a 3.50 grade point average or higher during the 2010-11 academic year.  This year’s total of 4,331 honorees bested last year’s total by over 30 student-athletes.  The membership category with the most participating institutions this year was Division III with 168, while high school led the way in total honorees with 1,160.The 2011 Calvin softball team was led by head coach Sharon DeKleine.

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Women’s Soccer Clipped by Adrian 4-3 at Zuidema Field

Thursday, October 20, 2011

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By sports information student assistant Mark DeHaan

On a cool and dreary October afternoon, the Calvin women’s soccer team looked to cool off MIAA-leading Adrian as it played host to the Bulldogs. In conditions that would usually dictate a slower-playing pace, the Knights and Bulldogs ended up battling in a shootout with the Bulldogs prevailing 4-3.  Adrian jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead but the Knights cut the deficit in half on a goal by Paige Rindels late in the half. Adrian went up 3-1 on a corner kick play but the Knights came back again within one - this time on a Liz Cancel goal with just over 20 minutes left to play. Adrian regained a two-goal advantage on a penalty kick by Sam Barker but the Knights clawed back to within 4-3 on yet another goal by Cancel - this one coming with just under eight minutes left in regulation. Adrian’s defense held firm from there however, preventing the Knights from tying the game. Calvin dips to 7-9-0 overall and to 7-5-0 in the MIAA. Calvin will travel to Saint Mary’s on Saturday for a noon contest.

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Miles Colago Brings Leadership Qualities For Calvin Men’s Soccer Team

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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By sports information student assistant Mark DeHaan

With nine shutouts so far this season, the key to the success of the Calvin men’s soccer team thus far has been strong defense and keeping the ball out of their own net. One reason for Calvin’s strong defense is senior starter Miles Colago. Colago hails from Anoka, MN, and is a graduate of Anoka High School. In addition to playing soccer at Calvin, Colago has also competed in track for one year for the Knights as a hurdler. A year ago, Colago was named a third team All-American by d3soccer.com. He has played a key role on a Calvin team that is currently ranked 23rd nationally and is 12-3-1 overall after a Wednesday victory over Kalamazoo.

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Men’s Cross Country Ranked Sixth/Women’s Cross Country Ranked Seventh

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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USTFCCCA National Poll

The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams continue to hold top-10 national rankings but have dipped a few spots in the rankings conducted by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. On the men’s side, Calvin is ranked sixth in this week’s poll, down three spots from a week ago when the Knights were ranked sixth. On the women’s side, Calvin is ranked eighth, down a spot from last week. In addition, both Calvin teams continue to hold the top spot in Division III Great Lakes Regional rankings. Both Calvin teams return to action on October 29 when they compete at the MIAA Championships at Alma College.

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Carissa Verkaik Named Preseason All-American by d3hoops.com

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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d3hoops.com All-American team

Calvin College junior Carissa Verkaik has received another pre-season basketball honor. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik has been named a first team preseason All-American by d3hoops.com. A year ago, Verkaik averaged 19.8 points and 9.5 rebounds a game while leading Calvin to a 25-5 overall record. Verkaik was recently named a preseason All-American by the Women’s Division III Newsletter. The Calvin women’s basketball team was ranked eighth in the preseason Top 25 poll released by WDIII News.

 

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Men’s Soccer Team Dodges the Rain and Wind to Garner 2-0 Win Over Kalamazoo

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot/Photo by Bill Sanderson

The Knights triumphed over opponent and condition with a 2-0 win over Kalamazoo on Wednesday. Calvin got on the board early in a cold, wet, and windy day when, in the game’s second minute, sophomore Zach Willis got free on the left flank and delivered a cross across the goalmouth to junior Chris Nance, who buried a volley into the back of the net.  The Knights were then able to settle into a lead, and Calvin set the tone for the rest of the match with a premium on possession.  Calvin owned the ball, even in Kalamazoo territory.  In the 23rd minute, Willis drew a foul inside the box, earning a penalty kick for the Knights.  Once again, it was Nance’s turn to advance Calvin on the scoreboard.  Nance finished the penalty to double Calvin’s margin and the Knights entered halftime with a 2-0 advantage.

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