Friday, November 22, 2013Box Score
Story By Mark DeHaan/Photo by Rob Kurtycz
The Calvin women’s volleyball national semifinal matchup on Friday provided fans with a rematch of the 2010 National Championship between the Knights and the Eagles of Emory University. Calvin defeated Emory in four sets in 2010. On Friday, the Knights again defeated the Eagles, this time in three sets at 25-17, 25-21, 25-22. With the win, Calvin advances to the national championship final for the third time four years. Calvin will face #3 Cal Lutheran in the national championship final at 7 p.m. at Hopeís DeVos Fieldhouse. Tickets will be on sale at Calvinís Van Noord Arena box office 9am-1pm on Saturday with student tickets on sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Van Noord Arena Box Office. Calvin’s win over Emory marks the fifth consecutive year that a Calvin fall sports team has reached the national final with the volleyball team doing so in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and the men’s soccer team achieving the feat in 2009 and 2011.
Friday, November 22, 2013
The Calvin women’s volleyball team will take on Cal Lutheran in the NCAA III finals Saturday at 7 p.m. at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. There are three ways to follow the action:
Friday, November 22, 2013CoSIDA Academic All-America DIII Men's Soccer Teams
Calvin College junior Travis Vegter has added another prestigious honor to his growing raft of awards. A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School, Vegter has been named a first team Capital One Academic All-American for Division III men’s soccer as selected by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America (CoSIDA). Vegter is the fourth individual in Calvin men’s soccer history to be named a Capital One Academic All-American. Others to do so include Sam Glass (1997), Will Watts (1997), Joel Veldhouse (2003 & 2004) and Greg Snapper (2009). A biology major with a 3.41 G.P.A, Vegter was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player and earned first-team All-MIAA honors for Calvin. A native of Hudsonville, Mich., he led No. 25 Calvin to a 14-5-1 record. Vegter led the MIAA with 60 points as he scored 27 goals with six assists for the Knights. His point and goal totals are the second highest marks in Calvin school history.
Thursday, November 21, 2013Box Score
Story by Mark DeHaan/Photo by Rob Kurtycz
The Knights returned to the DeVos Fieldhouse in Holland for the second straight year, reaching quarterfinal play in the NCAA III tournament. Calvin’s national quarterfinal opponent was the Beacons of the University of Massachusetts-Boston.The Knights entered play with a record of 32-1. The Beacons came in at 24-15, but had played the second toughest schedule in the nation, facing nine NCAA Tournament teams in the regular season. UMass-Boston also came in as one of the youngest teams, with 14 underclassmen on its roster, including nine freshman. In the end, Calvinís experience was too much for the Beacons as the Knights claimed a four set victory 25-23, 25-13, 24-26, 25-18 to advance to the national semifinals. Calvin will face seventh-ranked Emory University in the first semifinal on Friday evening at 5 p.m. (EST). Emory (34-4) swept Eastern University earlier on Thursday 25-23, 25-18, 25-20, to advance. The semifinal encounter will be a rematch of the 2010 NCAA III Finals won by Calvin in four sets. Tickets for the Calvin/Emory match will be on sale at Calvin’s Covenant Fine Arts Center box office 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Friday.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Calvin College senior setter Megan Rietema has been named the Division III National Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The award was announced this evening at a pre-nationals banquet hosted by Hope College in the school’s Haworth Center. A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Rietema is the third consecutive Calvin volleyball player to receive the honor as former teammates Rebecca Kamp (2011) and Lizzie Kamp (2012) were previously so honored by the AVCA. The award completes a pair of career bookends for Rietema as she was named the AVCA’s Division III National Freshman of the Year in 2010.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013USTFCCCA Regional Awards Announcement
Calvin College freshman Cassie Vince has been named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Athlete of the Year as named by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. A native of Amherst, Ohio, Vince ran away with the individual title at the Great Lakes Regional meet last Saturday, finishing her home 6K course at Calvin more than 14 seconds faster than the nearest runner. Her time of 21:27.82 was well clear of runner-up Emma Lehmann of Oberlin, leading the Knights to the team title. The win was her third of the season, including a title at the MIAA Championships. Vince is the first Calvin women’s cross country runner to win a regional title since Jessie Lair in 2003 and she is the sixth individual in Calvin women’s cross country history to do so. Meanwhile Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer has been named the Division III Great Lakes Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. Now in his eighth year at the helm of the Calvin women’s cross country program, Diemer is receiving the award for the fifth time in the last six years. This past Saturday, Diemer guided his team to a decisive team title at the Great Lakes Regional Championships over Oberlin and Hope, 54-104-105. Freshman Cassie Vince paced the Knights to the title with the individual win, while three others raced to top-15 finishes. Two weeks prior, Diemerís Knights also claimed the MIAA Championships title. Ranked third nationally, the Calvin women’s cross country team will head into the NCAA III Championships final on Saturday at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013Box Score
In a rare early-season meeting of conference rivals, Hope recorded an 88-81 victory over Calvin Tuesday night at Van Noord Arena in the MIAA opener for both teams. Using a new up-tempo offensive and a full-court pressure defense, Calvin raced out to an 18-3 lead, connecting on eight of its first 10 field goal attempts including three-pointers by juniors Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) and Maria DeKuiper (Bradenton, FL/Bradenton Christian HS). Hope (3-0 overall, 1-0 MIAA) took its first lead of the game at 39-38 early in the second half and never trailed again. Calvin (1-1 overall, 0-1 MIAA) remained in contact with the Flying Dutch never trailing by more than 10 and closing to within four on two separate occasions inside the final minute of play before Hope closed out the game with a series of free throws. Calvin’s 81 points were the most scored against Hope since an 82-44 win in 1996. The 88-81 final score marked the most combined points scored by the two teams in a game in the rivalry’s history. Calvin was led in scoring by DeKuiper who scored a career-high 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting including 3-for-3 from three-point range. Junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had 15 points aznd six boards while Engelhard had 13 points and eight assists against just one turnover. Senior Kirstin Tripp (Brighton/Brighton HS) added 11 points and four assits while junior Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) chipped in with eight points and five rebounds.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013Box Score
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin men’s basketball team got off to a strong, balanced start in its season opener on Tuesday evening. Traveling down to Anderson University, the Knights claimed a 72-58 victory at the Ravens’ O.C. Lewis Gymnasium by leading from start to finish. The Knights claimed a 40-21 rebounding advantage by the end of the game. Junior Jordan Brink led the Calvin offense with 14 points while senior Tyler Kruis added 13 points and eight rebounds. Senior Mickey DeVries added a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards. Junior T.J. Huizenga contributed eight points and three steals off the bench.
Tuesday, November 19, 20132013 AVCA Division III All-America Teams
Senior Megan Rietema and sophomore Maggie Kamp have been named first team Division III All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. In addition, junior Emily Crowe had been named a third team Division III All-American by the AVCA. The awards were announced this morning. All three players will be honored at an awards banquet Wednesday night in Holland on the campus of Hope College. Rietema is receiving AVCA Division III All-America honors for the third consecutive year while Kamp and Crowe are receiving All-America accolades for the first time.
Monday, November 18, 2013USTFCCCA Division III Cross Country National Polls
Fresh off a Great Lakes Regional title last Saturday, the Calvin women’s cross country team has risen two spots in the national rankings. The Knights are ranked third in this week’s Division III Top 35 poll conducted by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. The ranking is Calvin’s highest since the 2009 season. Johns Hopkins is the top-ranked team in the poll while Williams (Ma.) is ranked second. In addition, five members of the Calvin women’s cross country team have received Great Lakes All-Region honors for finishing in the top-35 individually as the regional meet on Saturday. Those five Calvin individuals are freshman Cassie Vince (Amherst, OH/Amherst HS), senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS), junior Kimby Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), senior Alyssa Oram (Chebogyan/Home Schooled) and senior Rebekah Folkema (Renfrew, ON/Renfrew Collegiate Institute).