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Men’s Basketball Punches Sweet 16 Ticket With 67-58 Victory at Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Saturday, March 09, 2013

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STEVENS POINT, Wisc. - For the seventh time in school history, the Calvin men’s basketball basketball team is headed to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA III Tournament. Calvin punched its ticket Sweet 16 with a 67-58 victory over Wisconsin-Stevens Point Saturday night in a second round NCAA III Tournament contest. Calvin (26-3) will travel to top-ranked St. Thomas (28-1) next Saturday for its next game. In its victory over Wisconsin-Steven Point, Calvin received a game-high 21 points from sophomore guard Jordan Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS). Brink was 5-of-5 from three-point range in the win including 3-of-3 in the second half. Senior Tom Snikkers (Jenison/Unity Christian HS) added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds while junior Tyler Kruis (Grand Rapids/Calvin Christian HS) had 10 points. Junior Mickey DeVries (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) added nine points off the bench. Calvin held a 38-31 rebounding advantage and committed just six turnovers. The Knights led 29-25 at halftime and went on an 8-0 run around the 10 minute mark of the second half to build a double-digit lead. Calvin will be making its third appearance in the Sweet 16 under current head coach Kevin Vande Streek. Calvin is now 3-0 in NCAA III Tournament play against Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents.

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Women’s Lacrosse Drops 4OT Thriller at College of Mount St. Joseph

Saturday, March 09, 2013

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CINCINNATI, OH - The Calvin women’s lacrosse nearly pulled off its first victory as a varsity program on Saturday afternoon as the Knights fought valiantly before falling to the College of Mount St. Joseph 11-10 in quadruple overtime.The two teams were tied at nine through regulation, sending the contest into overtime. In the second overtime, Mount St. Joseph (1-0) took a 10-9 lead with 1:30 remaining but Calvin sophomore Nikita Blaauwendraat (Princeport, Novia Scotia/Cobequid Educational Centre) answered with a game-tying goal thirty seconds later to tie the game at 10. The two teams battled through another overtime and-a-half before the host Lions netted the game-winner midway through the fourth overtime session.Senior Katie Pranger (Denver, CO/Denver Christian HS) led the Calvin offensive attack with four goals while Blaauwendraat and junior Michelle Holwerda (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had two goals apiece. Sophomore Lissa Busscher (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and junior Christina Howell (Dexter/Washtenaw Christian Academy) had one goal apiece. Sophomore Karissa Reed (Greenville/Greenville HS) had a team-high three ground balls. Sophomore Charlsie Cole (Lansing/Lansing Waverly HS) and senior Lauren Spoelstra (Oakland, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) split time in goal with Cole collecting one save and Spoelstra six saves.

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Nicole Michmerhuizen Takes National Runner-Up Spot in 5K at NCAA III Indoor T & F Nationals

Saturday, March 09, 2013

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NAPERVILLE, IL - Calvin junior Nicole Michmerhuizen ran the race of her life Saturday afternoon, earning a national runner-up finish in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships at North Central College. The Holland Christian High School graduate took second place with a career-best (indoor) 5,000 meter time of 16:57.67. Michmerhuizen made a serious bid for the win as she grabbed first place in the third lap of the race and held the lead until the final 20 meters as pre-race favorite Christy Cazzola of Wisconsin-Oshkosh put on a furious sprint to outlean Michmerhuizen at the finish line, winning with a time of 16:57.58.The second place finish by Michmerhuizen allowed Calvin to earn eight points and finish tied for 23rd in the final team standings. The finish was also a sweet one for Michmerhuizen as she had missed All-America bids this past fall at the NCAA III Cross Country Championships and at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships last spring in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.The All-America berth is the first for Michmerhuizen and is the first by a female Calvin distance runner at the indoor national meet. She entered Saturday’s race seeded fourth.

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Women’s Tennis Edges Nationally-Ranked Davenport 5-4

Friday, March 08, 2013

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The Calvin women’s tennis team evened its season record at 2-2 with a hard-fought 5-4 victory over nationally-ranked Davenport University Friday evening inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center. Calvin trailed 2-1 after doubles competition but came back to gain four singles points including a match-clinching win at No. 6 singles as senior Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) claimed a 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory. Calvin’s lone doubles point came at No. 3 doubles as the tandem of sophomores Samantha Reitsma (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian HS) and Ali Roode (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) picked up an 8-1 win. Calvin then mounted its comeback as Roode picked up a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 3 singles and junior Bethany Zoerhof (Holland/Holland Christian HS) recorded a 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles. Reitsma knotted the scored at 4-4 with a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 5 singles and Doezema then came up with the clutch win at No. 6 singles.

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Women’s Lacrosse falls 16-4 to Davenport in first game as varsity sport

Thursday, March 07, 2013

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Calvin women’s lacrosse team made its varsity debut on Thursday afternoon as it traveled to nearby Davenport University for a non-conference contest.  The Panthers defeated the Knights 16-4 at Davenport’s Turf Field.  Calvin goals were scored by Katie Pranger (Denver, CO/Denver Christian), Michelle Holwerda (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian), Lissa Busscher (Holland/Holland Christian) and Carolyn Forbes (Farmington Hills/Marion).  As a team, Calvin was outshot 33-10.  Senior goalkeeper Lauren Spoelstra (Oakland, NJ/Eastern Christian) was credited with nine saves.  Both teams committed 19 turnovers.  Davenport held the advantage in ground balls (19-12) and draw controls (13-9).  Calvin (0-1, 0-0 MIAA) returns to action Sat., March 9, when it travels to Cincinnati, Ohio, for a game with the College of Mount Saint Joseph.  The game is slated to start at 1:00 p.m. EST.

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Brian Diemer Named USTFCCCA Division III Great Lakes Assistant Women’s T & F Coach of Year

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

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USTFCCCA Regional Awards Announcement

Calvin College distance coach Brian Diemer has been named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in women’s track and field by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. Diemer, specializing in coaching distance events, will be sending Nicole Michmerhuizen, the fourth-ranked DIII runner at 5000 meters (16:58.03) to the NCAA Championships to represent Calvin. Under his guidance the Calvin women’s distance medley relay was ranked No. 12 nationally and first in region. It marks the second regional coach of the year award for Diemer this academic year. In November, he was named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA.

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Calvin Women’s Swimming & Diving Sending Five to NCAA III Championships

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

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NCAA III Championships Psyche Sheet

The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team will be sending five individuals to the upcoming NCAA III Championships March 20-23 in Shenandoah, Texas. Representing Calvin will be seniors Elizabeth Counsell, Rachel Colasurdo, Kristy Kinzer and Samantha Klaasen and freshman Michaela Rookus. Counsell will be making her fourth consecutive trip to the national meet while Kinzer will be attending for the second time. Klaasen, Colasurdo and Rookus will be competing for the first time at the national finals.

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Calvin to Host 2013 Men’s and Women’s Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Championships

Monday, March 04, 2013

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NCAA III Regional Cross Country Announcement

Calvin College has been selected to host the NCAA III Great Lakes Cross Country Regional for men and women next fall. The NCAA announced the eight regional host sites today.The NCAA III Great Lakes Regional meet will be held at the Gainey Athletic Complex on the east side of Calvins’ campus on November 16, 2013. This will mark the second time Calvin will host the regional competition at Gainey. Calvin also hosted the regional meet in 2007.

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Nicole Michmerhuizen Qualifies for NCAA III Indoor Track & Field Championships in 5,000 Meters

Monday, March 04, 2013

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NCAA III Qualifiers for NCAA III IIndoor Track & Field Championships

Calvin College junior Nicole Michmerhuizen has earned a berth to the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships scheduled to be held this Friday and Saturday at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Michmerhuizen will be competing in the 5,000 meters where she is seeded fourth with a time of 16:58.03. Michmerhuizen will be competing at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships for the first time. A year ago, she competed at the outdoor national meet in both the 10,000 and 5,000 meters.

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Carissa Verkaik Named Finalist for Jostens Trophy

Monday, March 04, 2013

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D3hoops.com Announcement of Jostens Trophy Finalists

For the second consecutive year, Calvin College senior Carissa Verkaik Verkaik has been named one of 11 women’s finalists for the Jostens Trophy which is presented by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va. The Jostens Trophy is awarded to an outstanding Division III menís and womenís basketball player who excels on the floor, in the classroom and in the community. The Salem Rotary Club Jostens Trophy Committee employs a numerical rating to narrow the list of finalists so that the decision can be made on the most objective basis possible.Last year, Aris Wurtz of Ripon and Taylor Simpson of Chicago took home the trophies. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik has been a leader on the basketball court, in the classroom and in the community. As a basketball player, she was recently named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player for the fourth straight year. She averaged 20.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocks a game. She completed her career as Calvin’s all-time leader in points (2,236), rebounds (1,071) and blocked shots (440). She is now currently ranked third on the all-time NCAA III women’s basketball list in blocked shots and 14th in points.

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