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Women’s Volleyball Team Continues to Hold Top Spot in AVCA Division III Top 25 Poll

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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AVCA Division III Top 25 Poll

The Calvin women’s volleyball team continues to be the top-ranked team in the latest AVCA Division III Top 25 Poll. The Knights (23-0) received all 24 first place votes in this week’s poll. Emory is now ranked second with Washington University ranked third. Emory handed Washington University its first loss of the year this past week. Wittenberg again sits in the number-four spot. Calvin is back in action Friday night when it hosts Olivet in a 6:30 p.m. match.

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Men’s Soccer Ranked 23rd in NSCAA Division III Top 25 Poll

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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NSCAA Division III Top 25 Poll

The Calvin men’s soccer team has moved up one spot in the latest Division III Top 25 poll conducted by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Knights are ranked 23rd in this week’s poll. Calvin is currently 11-3-1 overall and will host Kalamazoo on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Zuidema Field.

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Matt Vander Roest Named MIAA Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week

Monday, October 17, 2011

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin’s Matt Vander Roest its MIAA Runner of the Week in men’s cross country for meets through October 15. A senior from Ann Arbor (Huron HS), Vander Roest finished third in the Brooks Invitational at Wis.-Oshkosh with a time of 25:05 over the 8-kilometer course. His performance helped the Knights finish fourth among 47 teams at the meet, which was run on the same course where the Division III national championships will be decided later this fall. Vander Roest is being honored as Runner of the Week for the second time this season.

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Michael Dolan Named MIAA Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week

Monday, October 17, 2011

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Calvin goalkeeper Michael Dolan, a junior from Casco (Marine City HS), did not allow a goal in more than 150 minutes of play in leading the Knights to two victories that kept them in sole possession of first place in the MIAA. He made two saves in 61 minutes of action in a 4-1 victory over Adrian, then made four saves, including one where he dove to punch away a scoring threat in the final minute, in a 1-0 win over Hope. Dolan is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

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Erin Vander Plas and Megan Rietema Earn MIAA Player of the Week Honors

Monday, October 17, 2011

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Erin Vander Plas has been named MIAA Player of the Week in Volleyball while Megan Rietema has been named the MIAA Specialty Player of the Week in Volleyball. A senior from Cadillac (McBain Northern Michigan Christian HS),Vander Plas pounded 51 kills for a hitting percentage of .419, and added 12 digs and six blocks as the Knights won all five of their matches for the week to remain unbeaten at 23-0. She is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Rietema, a sophomore from Grand Rapids (GR Christian HS), dished out 204 assists (12.5 per set) as part of an outstanding all-around performance for the unbeaten Knights as Calvin won all five of its matches. She is being honored as Player of the Week for the third time this season and fifth time in her career.

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Men’s Soccer Picks Up First win at Hope Since 2005 - Retains Possession of First Place in MIAA

Saturday, October 15, 2011

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By sports information student assistant Andrew Knot

In front of a Van Andel Stadium record crowd of 3,527 fans, Calvin defeated Hope 1-0 Saturday night to remain in sole possession of first place in the MIAA standings. The Knights are now three points ahead of second place Trine, four points ahead of third place Olivet and six points ahead of fourth place Hope.  With the win, Calvin sweeps the regular season series over Hope for the first time since 1998. It is also Calvin’s first win at Hope since 2005 and its first-ever win at Van Andel Stadium. Calvin junior Nick Holtrop scored the only goal of the game, ripping in a 35-yard blast from the center of the field in the 13th minute of play.

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Calvin Sweeps Midwest Invitational

Saturday, October 15, 2011

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Coming off of a huge win against tenth-ranked Carthage on Friday evening, the Knights took the court against the Big Blue of Millikin University at 10:00am on Saturday.  Calvin defeated Millikin in four sets by scores of 25-21, 18-25, 25-11, 25-12. Three hours later, Calvin put its unbeaten record on the line for the final time in the Midwest Invitational playing host the Illinois Wesleyan University Titans.  The Titans bowed out quickly as the Knights defeated them in straight sets by scores of 25-12, 25-19, 25-19. 

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Women’s Cross Country Third/ Men’s Cross Country Fourth at Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational

Saturday, October 15, 2011

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OSHKOSH, WI - Competing in a power-packed invitational, the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams posted a pair of top-four finishes at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational Saturday morning.  Wisconsin-Oshkosh will also serve as the host of the NCAA III Cross Country Championships on November 19. On the men’s side, top-ranked North Central (IL) took first place with 49 points while fifth-ranked Washington University took second (137 points), 29th-ranked Wheaton took third (154 points) and third-ranked Calvin took fourth (156 points). Host Wisconsin-Oshkosh, ranked fifth, took fifth with 158 points. On the women’s side, seventh-ranked Calvin took third with 188 points while third-ranked Washington University (Mo.) took first (61 points) and fifth-ranked MIT second (123 points). St. Olaf, ranked 13th, took fourth with 190 points while Ohio Northern was fifth (222 points).

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Women’s Soccer Claims 4-0 Win Over Albion

Saturday, October 15, 2011

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(written by sports information student assistant Mark DeHaan)

Looking to bounce back after a tough 2-0 loss at Alma on Wednesday, the Women’s soccer team hosted 0-12-1 Albion on Saturday. Looking to get on the board early, the Knights came out shooting. In just the third minute of play, sophomore Kelly Koets was able to come through for Calvin as she put a deep shot on net that slipped under the crossbar and over the keeper to give Calvin the early 1-0 advantage. The Britons looked to respond quickly as in the fourth minute they forced Knights sophomore keeper Ashton Hearn into a save on a one touch shot. With 39:10 left in the first half, the Britons had another great chance as a corner kick made its way into the middle of the field where it was kicked around but eventually cleared by the Knights defense.

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Volleyball Defeats 10th-Ranked Carthage in Straight Sets at Midwest Invitational

Friday, October 14, 2011

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By sports information student assistant Andrew Knot

In a matchup of nationally ranked squads at the Midwest Invitational, the top-ranked and undefeated Knights defeated the tenth-ranked Lady Reds of Carthage by scores of 25-9, 25-20, 25-13. The Knights are now 21-0 this year and 4-0 against nationally-ranked opponents this year. Calvin hit .420 as a team and received huge performances from senior Erin VanderPlas, senior Rebecca Kamp and junior Lizzie Kamp. VanderPlas had 13 kills and a .600 hitting percentage. Rebecca Kamp had 11 kills and five block assists while Lizzie Kamp had a match-high 14 kills to go with a .480 hitting percentage. Sophomore Megan Rietema was also superb with 46 assists along with four block assists. Calvin will face Millikin on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Illinois Wesleyan at 2 p.m.

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