Saturday, September 22, 2012Box Score
ANGOLA, IN – Coming off of a win against rival Hope College Friday night, the Calvin volleyball team traveled to Hershey Hall to face the Thunder of Trine University Saturday afternoon. Calvin (13-1, 6-0MIAA) defeated Trine (12-4, 5-2 MIAA) in straight sets by scores of 25-22, 25-22, 25-14. Calvin was led by senior Lizzie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian) with ten kills. Fellow senior Julia Hilbrands (Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Christian) and freshmen Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian) had six kills apiece. Calvin setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Christian) dished out 25 assists.Calvin returns to action when it travels to Saint Mary’s Wednesday to take on the Belles.
Friday, September 21, 2012
NOTRE DAME, IN - The nationally-ranked Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams came away with a pair of dominating performances at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Saint Mary’s College Friday afternoon. Ranked sixth nationally, the Calvin men’s cross country team took six of the top seven spots to record a first place team score of 17 points, 56 points ahead of second place Hope.On the women’s side, Calvin also dominated as the eighth-ranked Knights recorded a team score of 20 points, 33 points ahead of 17th-ranked Hope. The Calvin women took the top two spots individually including seven of the top nine to cruise to the win.
Friday, September 21, 2012Box Score
(Photo by Paul Evans)
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In a highly anticipated matchup of two of the nation’s top five teams, fourth ranked Hope College traveled to Van Noord Arena to take on second ranked Calvin College. The Knights, despite losing the first set, defeated the Flying Dutch 3-1 by scores of 24-26, 25-15, 25-23, 25-21. Calvin hit at a .277 clip as a team and committed only one service error throughout the four-set match. Senior Lizzie Kamp was superb for Calvin with 24 kills - one short of matching her career-high. She also had 12 digs and two service aces. Her sister - freshman Maggie Kamp - amassed 11 kills while sophomore Emily Crowe tallied 10 kills. Senior Julia Hilbrands added nine kills and a key service ace in Calvin’s fourth-set win. Junior setter Megan Rietema was also terrific with 58 assists, seven kills, five digs and three block assists. Calvin’s back row also played a strong match with senior Kelly Gordon contributing 18 digs, senior Jen Pluymert 16 digs and junior Kristen Zietse nine digs and three aces. The win leaves Calvin (12-1 overall, 5-0 MIAA) as the only undefeated team left in the conference as Trine (5-1) also lost at Alma on Friday. Calvin will travel to Trine on Saturday for a 1 p.m. match at Trine’s Hershey Hall.
Thursday, September 20, 2012MIAA Jamboree #1 Results
MARSHALL - The Calvin women’s golf team opened its 2012 MIAA fall campaign in strong fashion on Thursday afternoon, posting a third place score of 338 strokes at the first MIAA Jamboree of the year. The league tournament was hosted by Olivet at the Bedford Valley Country Club. Calvin tied for third place with Saint Mary’s (IN) and finished just two strokes back of second place Hope.Calvin was paced by senior Elise Doezema who carded a round of 79 that was good for second place individually in Thursday’s tournament. Junior Carlia Canto also had a fine afternoon with an 83 that left her in a tie for sixth place individually. Close behind were freshmen Jennie Poole and Casey Harkema with rounds of 87 and 89 respectively. Senior Rachel Whitaker rounded out Calvin’s finishers on Thursday with a 97.Calvin’s score is the lowest in school history at an MIAA competition.
Calvin Men’s Golf Takes First Place at MIAA Jamboree #3 - Takes Sole Possession of MIAA Overall Lead
Wednesday, September 19, 2012MIAA Jamboree #3 Men's Golf Results
BATTLE CREEK - The Calvin men’s golf team is in sole possession of first place of the MIAA overall standings after recording a first place team score of 305 strokes Wednesday afternoon at an MIAA Jamboree hosted by Olivet at the Bedford Valley Country Club. The team score pushes Calvin into a two-stroke lead in the overall MIAA standings over Trine University. Trine placed second in Wednesday’s competition with a score of 307. Senior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) led the way for Calvin with a score of 71 that was good for first place medalist honors. The round also keeps Kuiper - the defending MIAA season medalist - in first place in the MIAA season individual standings as he holds a three-round average of 72.7 strokes-per-round.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012Box Score
ALMA - In a meeting of regionally-ranked teams, Calvin suffered a heart-breaking match at Alma’s Scotland Yard Wednesday afternoon, falling 2-1 in overtime.Calvin outshot the host Scots but could only find the back of the net once. Alma took a 1-0 halftime lead on a first half goal by Mackenzie Smith. Calvin countered on a goal by junior Kelly Koets (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) with 17:30 remaining with junior Danielle Carter (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) drawing an assist on the play. Calvin continued to pressure in the closing minutes of regulation, hitting the crossbar once. In the waning minutes of the first overtime, Alma struck for the game-winning “golden goal” as Mackenzie Smith broke free in the Calvin box, slid a pass to teammate Kelly Wilson and Wilson responded by slipping a shot into an open Calvin net.Calvin (2-2-0 overall, 1-1-0 MIAA) came into the match ranked 10th in the Division III Coaches Central Region while Alma came in ranked sixth in the regional poll. The Knights are back in action on Saturday, hosting Albion at noon at Calvin’s Zuidema Field.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012USTFCCCA Division III National Rankings (9-19-12)
The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams have held their spots in the national rankings. In the most recent set of Division III Top 35 rankings released by the United States Cross Country Coaches Association of America this morning, the Calvin men’s team is ranked sixth while the Calvin women’s team is ranked eighth. Both teams were ranked in the same positions in last week’s poll. In the first poll of the year – released three weeks ago – the Calvin men’s cross country team was ranked seventh while the Calvin women’s team was ranked 10th.Two weeks ago, both teams took first place at their own Knight Invitational with the Calvin men’s team posting a first place total of 30 points and its women’s team collecting a first place score of 34 points. Both teams are in the process of preparing for the MIAA Jamboree on Friday at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. The men’s race will begin at 5 p.m. with the women’s race to follow at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
NAPERVILLE, IL – The Calvin women’s golf team came up with a banner day Tuesday afternoon, winning the North Central College Cardinal Classic. Competing in a field of 11 teams, Calvin came up with a team score of 349 strokes to edge Olivet Nazarene University and Carthage College by three strokes with host North Central in fourth with 353 strokes. Junior Carlia Canto led Calvin with a sizzling round of 82 that was good for third place individually. Senior Elise Doezema was close behind with an 85 that was good for a tie for sixth place individually. Rounding out Calvin’s scorers were freshman Casey Harkema with a 90, freshman Jennie Poole with a 92, senior Rachel Whitaker with a 97 and freshman Sarah Arendsen with a 100. Calvin will now prepare to open its MIAA campaign on Thursday when it competes at a league outing hosted by Olivet at the Medalist Golf Club in Marshall.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012AVCA Division III Top 25 Poll (9-18-25)
The Calvin women’s volleyball team has moved up one spot in the latest AVCA Division III Top 25 poll. The Knights are ranked second in the AVCA Division III Top 25 poll released this afternoon. Calvin began the year ranked third in the preseason poll and has held that spot the last three weeks. A victory over previously second-ranked Wittenberg this past Saturday helped move Calvin up a spot in this week’s poll. Washington University of St. Louis remains the top-ranked team in the country. Calvin pushed Washington University to five sets last Friday night before falling 18-16 in the deciding fifth set. Wittenberg is ranked third while Hope is now ranked fourth, up three spots from a week ago. Calvin and Hope will face each other Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena in a meeting of nationally-ranked teams.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012Box Score
The Calvin men’s soccer team got back on the winning track with a 2-1 sudden-death overtime win over visiting Trine University Tuesday afternoon at Calvin’s Zuidema Field. Calvin dominated the run of play throughout the match but trailed 1-0 at halftime as the visiting Thunder capitalized on a shot in the Calvin box late in the first half. Calvin continued to pepper the Trine goal in the second half and finally broke through on a goal by sophomore Sean Broekhuizen with 14:24 left in regulation as he cranked in a ball sent to him by freshman Sam Hanover. In overtime, Calvin struck quickly as senior Joe Broekhuizen sent a pass through the middle to sophomore Travis Vegter with Vegter ripping a shot from 20 yards out that found the far inside corner of the net for the game-winning “golden goal.” Calvin (3-3-0 overall, 1-1-0 MIAA) outshot Trine 35-11 with sophomore Andrew Claucherty picking up three saves in nets for the Knights. Calvin will host Albion on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Zuidema Field.