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Volleyball Defeats Trine In Straight Sets in MIAA Tournament Semis - To Face Hope in Saturday Final

Friday, November 04, 2011

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot

The Knights advanced to the MIAA championship on Friday with a straight set victory (25-15, 28-26, 25-14) over Trine in the semi-finals.  Calvin will face Hope in the finals on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Van Noord Arena. Hope defeated Alma in four sets in Friday’s opening semifinal match. In Calvin’s win over Trine, Calvin hit .304 as a team in the win with Lizzie Kamp collecting 11 kills, Renee DeHaan 10 kills and Rebecca Kamp eight kills. Megan Rietema had 33 assists while Kelly Gordon and Kristi Zietse had 11 digs apiece. With the win, Calvin hit the 30-win plateau for the second straight year and for the fourth time under head coach Amber Warners.

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Men’s Soccer Falls to Olivet 1-0 in MIAA Tournament Semifinals

Friday, November 04, 2011

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Calvin’s run through the inaugural MIAA Tournament came to an abrupt end Friday afternoon as the 16th-ranked Knights were defeated by Olivet 1-0 in the MIAA Tournament semifinals. Calvin (15-5-1 overall) outshot Olivet (14-6-1) 16-9 but Olivet scored the lone goal as sophomore Fred Smyser hit the back of the net in the 11th minute of play. With the win, Olivet advances to the MIAA Tournament finals on Saturday to face Hope at 2:30 p.m. at Van Andel Stadium. The Olivet win was its second in six days over Calvin as the Comets also gained a 1-0 win over Calvin back on October 29.

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Women’s Basketball Picked as MIAA Preseason Favorite - Men Picked to Finish Second in MIAA Polls

Thursday, November 03, 2011

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  – Calvin College has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the MIAA women’s basketball championship as the Knights received eight first place votes in the MIAA preseason coaches’ poll. Fellow defending co-champion Hope received the other first place vote in the women’s poll. The Flying Dutch are picked to finish second in the poll, with Saint Mary’s third.  In the men’s poll, the defending MIAA champion Flying Dutchmen captured seven first-place votes, while Calvin received one first-place vote. The Knights are picked to finish second in the poll, followed by Adrian.

Men’s Poll Results (First-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Hope (7) 7 pts. 2. Calvin (1) 13. 3. Adrian 24. 4. Albion 30. 5. Trine 31. 6. Olivet 34. 7. Kalamazoo 38. 8. Alma 49.

Women’s Poll Results (First-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Calvin (8) 8 pts. 2. Hope (1) 16. 3. Saint Mary’s 21. 4. Albion 36. 5. Olivet 38. 6. Adrian 41. 7. Trine 50. 8. Alma 51. 9. Kalamazoo 63.

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Men’s Soccer Claims Outright MIAA Title With 4-2 Win at Alma

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice/Photo by Bill Sanderson

ALMA - Playing in their final regular season match of the year the Knights went out with a bang at Alma, defeating the host Scots by a score of 4-2.  The win clinches sole possession of the regular season title for Calvin, which finishes the season with a conference winning record of 11-2-1 (15-4-1 overall).  Calvin will now prepare to host an MIAA Tournament semifinal game on Friday at 3 p.m. at Zuidema Field. The Knights will host Olivet in Friday’s game at 3 p.m. with Hope hosting Trine in Friday’s other semifinal.

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Women’s Basketball Ranked Fifth in USA Today/ESPN Division III Coaches’ Poll

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

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WBCA Division III Top 25 Poll

The Calvin women’s basketball team is ranked fifth in the first USA Today/ESPN Division III Coaches’ poll of the year conducted by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. It marks the third national ranking that the Knights have received this year as they are also ranked eighth by Women’s Division III News and sixth by d3hoops.com. Calvin returns nine letterwinners and five starters from last year’s team that finished 25-5 overall and captured a share of the MIAA title with a 15-1 conference record. Calvin is scheduled to open its season on November 15 at Manchester College.

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Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams Move Up In National Rankings

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

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USTFCCCA Division III Rankings

The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams have moved up in the national rankings. On the men’s side, Calvin is ranked fourth - up two spots from a week ago and matching its highest ranking of the year. On the women’s side, Calvin is ranked ninth, down one spot from a week ago. North Central continues to be the top-ranked team in the men’s poll while Williams (Ma.) is the top-ranked team in the women’s poll. Last weekend, the Calvin men captured the MIAA title with a first place score of 18 points at the MIAA Championships while the Calvin women finished second with 46 points. Both teams return to action on November 12, competing at the Great Lakes Regional meet at Oberlin College (Oh.).

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Season Comes to an End for Women’s Soccer Team With 2-0 Loss to Kalamazoo

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

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The Calvin women’s soccer season came to an end Tuesday afternoon at Calvin’s Zuidema Field as the Knights suffered a 2-0 defeat to Kalamazoo. The loss eliminates Calvin from MIAA Tournament contention. Calvin finishes 10-6-0 in league play and 10-10-0 overall. The Knights tie Hope for fourth place in the MIAA standings but Hope receives the fourth and final spot in the MIAA Tournament due to a tiebreaker edge as Hope swept Kalamazoo this fall while Calvin split with the Hornets. In Tuesday’s loss to Kalamazoo, Calvin outshot the Hornets 15-13 including 9-3 in the first half but the Knights were unable to overcome a pair of goals by Kalamazoo striker Jackie Short. Lauren Merz had three saves in defeat for Calvin in goal.

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January Softball Clinic Another Success for Calvin Softball Team

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

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For the second straight year, the Calvin softball team and its coaching staff hosted a high school softball clinic inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center. This year’s clinic took place on January 21 and included nearly 30 clinic registrants. Although the weather outside was cold, the action inside Calvin’s T & T facility was red-hot as the high school players attending were given expert instruction on fielding, hitting and pitching.

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Dan Kerr and Jodi Hoekstra Receive MIAA Runner of the Week Honors

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin’s Dan Kerr and Jodi Hoekstra its Runners of the Week in cross country for meets through October 29. Kerr, a senior from Petoskey (Petoskey HS), captured first place at Saturday’s MIAA championship meet by more than six seconds with a time of 24:52.2, leading the Knights to their 25th straight MIAA championship and clinching conference Most Valuable Runner honors in the process. Hoekstra, a senior from Homer Glen, Ill. (Chicago Christian HS), won the MIAA championship race for the second consecutive year to clinch conference Most Valuable Runner honors. Hoekstra finished nearly 30 seconds ahead of her nearest challenger with a time of 21:42.5.

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