Wednesday, October 17, 2012USTFCCCA Division III Top 35 Rankings
The Calvin cross country teams are on the move. Both teams have moved up in the latest set of Division III Top 35 rankings released by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. In this week’s poll, the Calvin men are ranked second nationally, up four spots from a week ago. The Knights also received three of a possible eight first place votes in this week’s poll. Top-ranked Haverford (PA) received the other five first place votes. On the women’s side, Calvin is ranked sixth, up two spots from a week ago. Both Calvin teams are coming off of banner performances last weekend at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational where the Calvin men’s team took first place with 52 points, finishing six points ahead of (previously) top-ranked North Central while the Calvin women’s team took first place with 91 points. Both Calvin teams are preparing for the MIAA Championships slated to be held October 27 at the Whiffletree Golf Course in Concord, Michigan.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Recent Calvin College graduate Rebecca Kamp was honored this past weekend at the NCAA Woman of the Year Award ceremonies in Indianapolis. Kamp was honored as one of 30 finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award which honors one female student-athlete based on athletic, academic and community service achievement. The 30 finalists may come from any of the three NCAA (I, II or III) levels. A native of Orland Park, Illinois, Kamp is the first individual in Calvin history to be named a top-30 finalist for the award. Kamp, who graduated from Calvin in May with a 3.93 grade point average in special education/elementary education, was a four-time All-MIAA first team selection in volleyball and last fall became the first player in league history to be named Most Valuable Player in volleyball three times. She helped lead Calvin to the national championship in volleyball in 2010 and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 NCAA III Volleyball finals.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012Box Score
ALMA - Calvin was in sharp form Tuesday night in a 25-16, 25-17, 25-16 victory at Alma as the Knights improved to 22-2 overall and 12-0 in the MIAA. The Calvin win sets up a showdown for first place in the MIAA standings this Saturday as the Knights will travel to rival Hope. The Flying Dutch are 11-1 in league play with their only conference loss coming to Calvin back on September 21. In its victory at Alma Tuesday night, Calvin hit .330 as a team led by senior Lizzie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS) who cranked out 13 kills, nine digs and a hitting percentage of .393.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012Box Score
ALBION – The Calvin men’s soccer team earned a 4-1 victory over Albion College Tuesday afternoon. The Knights improve to 11-3 on the season, 9-1 in the MIAA.Calvin opened the scoring in the fifth minute. Senior forward Joe Broekhuizen (Grand Rapids/South Christian) took a cross from sophomore Travis Vegter and beat Albion keeper Avilekh Bhattachan. Despite outshooting the Britons 7-1 in the first half, the Knights could not get another goal. Calvin opened up the second half on the offensive. The Knights scored two goals in the first ten minutes. Freshmen Taylor Pruis (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) scored his sixth of the season off of a pass from Joe Broekhuizen. A minute later, Vegter scored his sixth of the season on a shot from the top of the 18-yard box. Pruis got on the scoreboard for the second time in the 77th minute. Kyle Alsheskie scored the lone goal for Albion in the 87th minute. Calvin returns to action when it hosts the Flying Dutchmen of Hope College on Saturday, October 20. The game is scheduled for noon at Calvin’s Zuidema Field.
Monday, October 15, 2012WDIII News Home
The Calvin women’s basketball team has been ranked number-one in the preseason issue of the Women’s Division III Basketball Newsletter. In addition, Calvin senior Carissa Verkaik has been named the preseason Division III Player of the Year by the publication. Verkaik was named the WDIII News 2012 Player of the Year after averaging 19.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.3 blocked shots a game. She was also named a Division III All-American by both D3hoops.com and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Verkaik is one of three returning starters and 12 returning letterwinners for the Calvin women’s basketball team. The defending MIAA champions, Calvin reached the NCAA III quarterfinals in 2012, finishing with an overall record of 28-2.
Monday, October 15, 2012
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin’s Dan Kerr and Alyssa Penning as its Runners of the Week in cross country for meets through Oct. 14. Kerr, a senior from Petoskey (Petoskey HS), led the Knights to an outstanding performance as they won the Brooks Invitational meet at Wisconsin-Oshkosh, knocking off No. 1-ranked North Central, Ill. Kerr finished second with a time of 24:49, just a half-second behind the race winner. Calvin won the meet with 52 points, six ahead of North Central. Kerr is being honored as Runner of the Week for the second time this season and third time in his career. Penning, a senior from Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids Christian HS), led Calvin to a first-place finish at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational, posting a time of 21:54 to finish sixth among individual runners. The Knights won the meet with 91 points, outpacing three other nationally-ranked schools, including MIAA rival Hope. Penning is being honored as Runner of the Week for the second time this season and third time in her career.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
OSHKOSH, WI - The Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams had banner performances on Saturday as both teams took first place at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational. On the men’s side, sixth-ranked Calvin finished ahead of top-ranked North Central as the Knights recorded 52 points, six points ahead of North Central’s total of 58 points. Wisconsin-Eau Claire, ranked 25th, took third with 93 points while third-ranked Washington of Missouri took fourth with 127 points. On the women’s side, eighth-ranked Calvin took first place with a team score of 91 points while 16th-ranked Chicago took second (114 points), 10th-ranked Wisconsin-Eau Claire third (115 points) and 23rd-ranked Hope fourth (172 points). Senior Dan Kerr led the charge for the Calvin men, placing second with a time of 24:49, finishing a half-second behind race winner Noah Droddy of DePauw. Senior Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS) also cracked the top 10 with an eighth place time of 25:17. The Calvin women were led by senior Alyssa Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) who placed sixth in 21:54 while junior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) was 14th (22:23).
Saturday, October 13, 2012
By Jordan Brink
HOLLAND, MI – After splitting two matches Friday night at the Midwest Invitational hosted by Hope College, the Calvin women’s volleyball team bounced back and swept a pair of matches on Saturday. The Knights first defeated Dominican 3-1 by scores of 22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18 and then topped #17 Wisconsin-Whitewater 19-25, 25-22, 29-27, 25-17.The Knights improved to (21-2, 11-0 MIAA) over the weekend. The Knights have now reached the 20-win plateau 18 consecutive years.Calvin has a big week of MIAA action ahead of them as its travels to Alma College on Tuesday night and then face rival Hope College on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday, October 13, 2012Results
BATTLE CREEK - The Calvin women’s golf team took third place at the MIAA Fall Tournament with a team score of 695 strokes. It marked Calvin’s best-ever finish at the tournament. Calvin finished one stroke ahead of rival Hope at the tournament and finished fourth in the final MIAA fall standings.Olivet defended its MIAA fall title from a year ago, finishing with a two-day first place total of 659 strokes while Saint Mary’s was second with 680 strokes. The 36-hole MIAA Fall Tournament makes up the final two rounds of the six-round MIAA fall season.In finishing fourth in the final league standings, Calvin once again qualifies for the four-team MIAA Spring Tournament which determines the league’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA III Tournament.Junior Carlia Canto (Marysville/Port Huron Northern HS) was again the catalyst for the Knights, shooting a two-day total of 161 (79-82) that left her in second place in the final tournament standings. Canto earned a spot on the All-Tournament team for the second straight year and also finished third in the final MIAA overall fall standings to land a spot on the All-MIAA first team. Canto finished the fall season with an average of 81.2 strokes-per-round, breaking her own school (season) record of 82.7 set a year ago.
Saturday, October 13, 2012Box Score
ANGOLA, IN - The Calvin men’s soccer team stretched its winning streak to eight games and retained a share of first place in the MIAA standings with a 4-0 win over Trine University Saturday afternoon.Senior Joe Broekhuizen (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) put Calvin on the board in the first half, ripping in his team-leading ninth goal of the year on a feed from freshman Sam Hanover (Saint Johns/Saint Johns HS) in the ninth minute of play.Calvin then scored three times in the second half. The scoring surge began when sophomore Travis Vegter (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) scored off a pass from freshman Taylor Pruis (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and moments later, flipped around as Pruis scored on a pass from Vegter. Junior Zakk Rankin (Fishers, IN/Hamilton Southeastern HS) closed out the scoring with a goal in the 85th minute with senior Kyle Vela (Grand Rapids/Forest Hils Northern HS) drawing an assist on the play. Calvin held a 12-8 shots at goal advantage. Senior Jared Rushlau (Grandville/Grandville HS) picked up four saves for the Knights in gaining the shutout victory.