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Women’s tennis begins 2013 campaign with 9-0 win against Cornerstone

Friday, February 15, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor

GRAND RAPIDS, MI Ė The Calvin College womenís tennis season began Friday afternoon as the Knights took on the Golden Eagles from Cornerstone.  Calvin notched a 9-0 victory, and starts off its 2013 campaign with a victory.  Calvin swept through the doubles matches winning all three in convincing fashion, and continued its momentum into the singles matches.  Calvin won all six singles flights, including blanking Cornerstone at first, fifth and sixth singles.  Calvinís next match is scheduled for Feb. 22, against Wheaton.  The Knights will travel down to Wheaton for a match slated to start at 7:00 p.m. EST.

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The Story of the Undefeated - Calvin’s 1960-61 Men’s Basketball Team

Friday, February 15, 2013

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By Calvin Sports Information Director Jeff Febus

In the long and storied tradition of Calvin men’s basketball, one team stands by itself. The Calvin menís basketball program has had two national championship teams , four NCAA III Final Four teams and 30 MIAA championship teams. But only one has gone throughout a season undefeated. On February 16, Calvin will honor its 1960-61 men’s basketball team which became not only the first team in school history to reach the 20-win mark, but also the first team to go undefeated as the Knights finished 20-0 overall and 12-0 in the MIAA.

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Women’s Swimming and Diving in First/Men’s Swimming and Diving Second After Day Two of MIAAs

Friday, February 15, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor

JENISON, MI Ė The second day of the 2013 MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships concluded Thursday evening at Jenison High School.  The Calvin women hold a slim lead over Hope, 283.5-272.  On the menís side, Kalamazoo is the leader with 299 points.  The Knights currently sit in second place with 219 points. The Calvin men’s 400 medley relay team took first place on Thursday with a school record time of 3:22.77. On the women’s side, Calvin crowned champions in the 200 IM (Michaela Rookus), 500 freestyle (Kathryn Wrobel) and one-meter diving (Samantha Klaasen). The Calvin women’s 400 medley relay team also took first place with an NCAA B’ cut qualifying time of 3:54.61

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Calvin-Hope Women’s Basketball Rivalry Set to Renew on Saturday with MIAA Championship at Stake

Thursday, February 14, 2013

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The Calvin-Hope women’s basketball rivalry will be in high gear on Saturday afternoon at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse as the MIAA regular season championship will be on the line. At 15-0 in league play, Calvin has already clinched a share of the league title but Hope (14-1 MIAA) could gain a share of its own with a win over the Knights Saturday. Calvin (22-1 overall) will enter the game ranked second nationally while Hope (23-1) is ranked third. Calvin captured the first meeting of the year 64-59 in a game played on January 12 at Calvin’s VanNoord Arena. Saturday’s game will feature a live stats scoreboard, an audio broadcast and a live video stream. Check the links below for more information. Also check out the Facebook page to vote on the game as the Division III Game of the Week.

NCAA Facebook Site

Live Stats Scoreboard

Stretch Internet Audio Broadcast

Live Video Stream

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Calvin Swimming and Diving Teams Off To Fast Starts at MIAA Championships

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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JENISON, Mich. Ė The Calvin menís and womenís swimming and diving teams had strong first day performances at the MIAA Championships at the Jenison Aquatic Center. The only finals event scheduled for Wednesday was the 800 freestyle relay and on the womenís side, Calvin cruised to a first place time of 7:41.97. The time is an NCAA ďB cut qualifying time and was recorded by the Calvin quartet of senior Stephanie Fox (Kentwood/Home Schooled), freshman Michaela Rookus (Hudsonville/Hudsonville HS), senior Elizabeth Counsell (Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian HS) and sophomore Kathryn Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN/Mounds View HS). The finish gives Calvin a first place lead in the early team standings with 40 points.On the menís side, Calvinís 800 freestyle relay team of junior Andrew Mitchell (Iron Mountain/Kingsford HS), freshman Brandon Muma (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Eastern HS), freshman Aaron Venema (Grand Haven/Grand Haven HS) and sophomore Alex Baumann (Holland/Holland Christian HS) took first place with a time of 6:53.10. Albion took first place with a time of 6:49.90. Calvin sits in second place in the menís team standings with 34 points. Action continues on Thursday with morning prelims and evening finals.

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Women’s Basketball Clinches Share of MIAA Title With Win Over Adrian - Showdown at Hope Next

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

With an important game against the Flying Dutch of #3 Hope looming on Saturday, the #2 Calvin Knights stayed focused on their contest Wednesday against Adrian, defeating the Bulldogs 83-52. With the win, Calvin clinches a share of the MIAA regular season title. The title is the third straight for Calvin and the 14th in school history. Senior Carissa Verkaik and sophomore Breanna Verkaik had 12 points apiece to lead the Knights. Calvin is now 22-1 overall and remains undefeated in conference play at 15-0. Adrian drops to 7-16 on the year and 6-9 in the MIAA. The Knights now look forward to Saturday when they will play Hope which is a game back at 14-1 in league play. The game will be played at DeVos Fieldhouse in Holland, with the tip-off scheduled for 3 p.m.

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Men’s basketball holds off run to defeat Trine 61-59 to earn share of MIAA regular season title

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor,  Photo Credit: Dan Vos

GRAND RAPIDS, MI Ė Looking to bounce back from the loss at Hope this past Sat., the 19th ranked Calvin menís basketball team hosted Trine University on Wed. evening.  The Knights came out victorious, defeating the Thunder 61-59 at the Van Noord Arena.  Powell finished with 19 points including 5-7 from beyond the three-point arc.  Brink chipped in 16 points, while Snikkers finished with 10.  Jackson, who was held to four points in a 56-43 defeat on Jan. 19 at Hershey Hall, scored Trineís final 21 points, and finished with 28 points on 9-17 shooting.  Calvin committed 17 turnovers, and was outrebounded 33-30.  The Knights did shoot 50 percent from beyond the three-point arc.  With its win, Calvin improves to 21-3 and 12-1 in the MIAA.  Calvin earned a share of the MIAA conference title, and with a win against Olivet this upcoming Sat., Calvin would clinch the outright championship for the first time since the 2009-10 season. 

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Calvin Swimming and Diving Teams Prepare for MIAA Championships

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships Schedule of Events

The MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships will take place this week at Jenison High School beginning Wednesday night and continuing on through Saturday evening with morning prelims set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday and championship finals set for the evening each night. On Wednesday, the finals of the 800 freestyle relay for men and women will take place along with the prelims for the men’s one-meter diving competition. The Calvin women have won the last eight MIAA titles and are currently ranked 20th in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America Division III Top 20 poll.The Calvin men have finished in fourth place at the MIAA Championships the last six years. Calvin is seeking to finish in the top three for the first time since the 2006 MIAA Championships. Live Results

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Calvin Senior Ally Wolffis Featured in Muskegon Chronicle

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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Ally Wolffis Muskegon Chronicle Story

Over the past four years, Calvin senior Ally Wolffis has been a key part of the Calvin women’s basketball program, starting at power forward the last three years and earning first team All-MIAA honors as a sophomore.A native of Muskegon and a graduate of Muskegon Mona Shores High School, she has also balanced the demands of being a student-athlete as a nursing major along with the demands of battling a live-long physical ailment. Muskegon Chronicle sports reporter Dave LeMieux recently caught up with Wolffis and filed the following feature story at: Ally Wolffis Muskegon Chronicle Story

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Carissa Verkaik Named to D3hoops.com Team of the Week

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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D3hoops.com Team of the Week Selections

Calvin College senior Carissa Verkaik has been named to the D3hoops.com National Team of the Week. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik led Calvin to three wins last week and nearly notched a triple-double in a win against Olivet this past Saturday with 32 points, eight rebounds and eight blocked shots.  Calvin opened the week with a win over Trine Monday night and followed with a triumph at Saint Mary’s Wednesday. Over the course of the three games, She averaged 23.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots in a 3-0 week. Verkaik is currently ranked third nationally in field goal percentage (.585) and free throw percentage (.885) and is ranked 8th in blocked shots per-game (3.23) and 16th in scoring average (20.2 ppg).

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