Monday, November 18, 2013USTFCCCA Division III National Polls
The Calvin men’s cross country will head into the NCAA III Championships ranked 19th nationally. The Knights received the ranking earlier today when the USTFCCCA released its pre-nationals Top 35 poll. The ranking is a drop of one spot for the Calvin men’s cross country which entered last week ranked 18th. At the Great Lakes Regional meet last Saturday, Calvin took second with 79 points to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA III Championships this Saturday in Hanover, Indiana. Calvin will be making its 29th trip to the NCAA III Championships which ranks third on the all-time NCAA III men’s cross country list. In addition, six members of the Calvin men’s cross country team have received Great Lakes All-Region honors for finishing in the top-35 individually at Saturday’s regional competition. Those six individuals are junior Josh Ferguson (Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley HS), freshman Zac Nowicki (Comstock Park/Calvin Christian HS), senior Philip Spitzer (Buckley/Buckley HS), sophomore Jeff Meitler (New Berlin, WI/Milwaukee Lutheran HS), senior Sam Kerk (Hartland, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) and junior Steven Haagsma (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS).
Monday, November 18, 2013Results
The nationally-ranked Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams picked up dual meet victories over Olivet on Saturday with the women defeating Olivet 199-68 and the men defeating Olivet 161-111. The Calvin women are now 5-3 in dual meet action while the Calvin men are 4-3. Both Calvin teams will now break until December 5, 6 and 7 when they host their own Calvin Invitational at the Venema Aquatic Center.
Monday, November 18, 2013Hope College NCAA III Tournament Website
The field for the national quarterfinal round of the NCAA III Tournament at Hope College is set and the quarterfinal opponent for Calvin is a familiar foe. The Knights (32-1) will face the University of Massachusetts-Boston (24-15) on Thursday at 3 p.m. in a quarterfinal match at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. The same two teams met in the 2010 national quarterfinals at Washington University with Calvin winning in four sets and continuing on to win the national championship. Other quarterfinal matches will pit Eastern University (32-4) against Emory University (33-4) at 12:30 p.m.; Cal-Lutheran (33-1) against Clarkson (36-6) at 5:30 p.m. and Hope (32-2) against UW-Stevens Point (34-4) at 8 p.m. Tickets for Thursday’s match will be on sale sale Monday morning at 11 a.m. at the Calvin Box Office in Calvin’s Covenant Fine Arts Center. General admission tickets are $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for students and children.
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* Tickets are only on sale for Thursday’s matches. Ticket information for Friday and Saturday matches will be announced prior to each day.
* Seating will be in designated sections by school.
* Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students.
* There will be no online and multiple-day sales.
*Tickets for Calvin Fans will be sold only through the Calvin Box Office. Tickets will first only be sold for Thursday’s match. Calvin fans may reach the Calvin Box Office by calling 616-526-6282 after 10 a.m. Monday or by visiting the Calvin Box Office in person.
Sunday, November 17, 2013Box Score
For the third time in four years, the Calvin women’s volleyball team is headed back to quarterfinal round of the NCAA III Tournament. The top-ranked Knights did so in a familiar way, defeating 10th-ranked Wittenberg in a five-set NCAA III regional final Saturday night in front of more than 2,000 fans at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. Calvin won the match by scores of 25-19, 25-22, 23-25, 24-26, 15-9. Calvin will face the winner of a regional final between Williams (Ma.) and U-Mass Boston. The Williams/U-Mass-Boston match will be played on Sunday afternoon. Calvin’s quarterfinal match against its Massachusetts opponent will be played next Thursday at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse at a time yet to be announced. Saturday night marked the fourth consecutive year that Calvin and Wittenberg have faced off in a regional final. It also marked the fifth time that two teams have done so overall as they also met in the 2005 NCAA III regional final at Wittenberg with the Tigers winning that matchup in three sets. In 2010, Calvin won at Wittenberg in four sets and continued on to win the national title. In 2011, Wittenberg returned the favor, defeating Calvin in four sets in Grand Rapids - en route to the school’s first national title. A year ago, Calvin defeated Wittenberg in five sets - once again in Grand Rapids. Rietema was named the regional tournament’s most outstanding player and was joined on the all-tournament team from Calvin by senior Kristen Zietse and sophomore Maggie Kamp.
Saturday, November 16, 2013Box Score
Story by Mark DeHaan/Photo by James Byard
ST. LOUIS, MO - The magical run for the Calvin women’s soccer team came to an end Saturday night on the campus of Washington University of St. Louis. as the Knights dropped a 3-1 decision to top-ranked Wash. U. Calvin scored the first goal of the game as sophomore Paige Capel whipped in a shot just over two minutes into the contest. The host Bears tied the game just over 10 minutes later however and then scored two goals in the second half including the clincher with just over five minutes remaining. Wash. U held a 25-3 shots at goal advantage. The loss ends the careers of seniors Danielle Carter, Ashton Hearn, Kelly Koets, Paige Rindels, Heidi Scholten, and Rebekah Wissink. Calvin ends the season with an overall record of 19-3-2.
Calvin Men’s Cross Country Takes Second at Great Lakes Regional - Advances to NCAA III Championships
Saturday, November 16, 2013NCAA III Men's Cross Country Great Lakes Regional Results
KENTWOOD, Mich. - The Calvin men’s cross country claimed an automatic trip to the NCAA III Championships next Saturday by placing second at the Great Lakes Regional meet with 79 points. Wabash College took first place with 60 points to end Calvin’s streak of 17 consecutive Great Lakes Regional titles. The top two teams at the regional meet earn automatic trips to the NCAA III Championships. Calvin will be making its 29th trip to the NCAA III Championships which ranks third on the all-time NCAA III men’s cross country list. Calvin had six runners finish in the top-23 on Saturday as junior Josh Ferguson was the first to cross the line for Calvin, taking 13th in 25:36.9. Freshman Zac Nowicki followed closely behind, taking 14th overall in 25:37.0. Senior Philip Spitzer and sophomore Jeff Meitler then crossed in 16th and 17th in times of 25:39.1 and 25:40.6, respectively. Senior Sam Kerk rounded out the top five finishers for the Knights, taking 19th in 25:42.5. Junior Steven Haagsma, Calvin’s sixth finisher, placed 23rd in a time of 25:55.0. Freshman Nathan Van Haitsma rounded out Calvin’s finishers, placing 47th in 26:18. Calvin’s top six finishers all earned Great Lakes All-Region honors by finishing in the top 35.
Saturday, November 16, 2013NCAA III Women's Regional Results
KENTWOOD, Mich. - The fifth-ranked Calvin women’s cross country team left nothing to chance on Saturday, capturing the Great Lakes Regional title on its home course with a team score of 54 points. By finishing first, the Knights receive an automatic trip to the NCAA III Championships next Saturday at Hanover College (Ind.). A year ago, Calvin finished third at the regional meet and was forced to wait 24 hours to find out it had receive an at-large bid to the national meet. On Saturday, Calvin nabbed one of two automatic berths to the national meet by placing four runners in the top 14 and five in the top 25. Oberlin College, ranked 11th nationally, nabbed the other automatic national spot by placing second with 104 points, one point ahead of third place Hope which entered the meet ranked 18th nationally. The Knights were led by the one-two punch up front of freshman Cassie Vince (Amherst, OH/Amherst HS) and senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) as Vince captured the regional title with a time of 21:27 while Michmerhuizen was fourth in a time of 21:44. Vince captured the regional title by a 14 second margin, finishing well ahead of Emma Lehmann of Oberlin who took second. Vince is the first Great Lakes Regional champion from Calvin since Jessie Lair accomplished the feat in 2003. She is the sixth individual from Calvin to do so overall, joining Lair, Amy Mizzone (1998, 1999), Betsy Haverkamp (1996), Renea Bluekamp (1993) and Laura Vroon (1983).
Saturday, November 16, 2013Box Score
Story By Mark DeHaan/Photos by Sahil Patel
ST. LOUIS, MO - The Knights traveled to St. Louis for an NCAA Tournament first round contest against a familiar foe on Friday evening. Calvin women’s soccer was matched up against the Spartans of Aurora University for the second year in a row, a Spartan squad whom Calvin defeated 1-0 in overtime last season. In a game eerily similar to a year ago, the Knights once again defeated Aurora 1-0 - this time in double overtime. For the second straight year, the game-winning overtime goal also came off the foot of Calvin’s Paige Capel. The goal by Capel came with 4:09 left in the second overtime and was assisted by senior Heidi Scholten. Calvin is now 4-0-2 in overtime games this year. The Knights will face top-ranked Washington University of St. Louis in a second round game Saturday night at 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 16, 2013Box Score
For the fourth consecutive year, the Calvin women’s volleyball team has advanced to the NCAA III Regional finals. The Knights advanced to the regional final in similar fashion, once again defeating Mount Union in a five-set second round thriller at Van Noord Arena. A year ago, Calvin defeated the Purple Raiders in five sets, winning by scores of 25-12, 23-25, 25-21, 24-26, 15-6. On Friday, Calvin won in much the same way, winning by scores of 25-11, 23-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-8. Top-ranked Calvin (31-1) will meet 10th-ranked Wittenberg (25-8) in the regional final Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Van Noord Arena. It marks the fourth consecutive year that the two teams will meet in the regional final with Calvin winning in 2010 and 2012 and Wittenberg winning in 2011.
Saturday, November 16, 2013Box Score
SHEBOYGAN, WI - The Calvin women’s basketball team opened its season with a 65-45 victory at Lakeland College Friday night. Calvin forced Lakeland into 35 turnovers and were led in scoring by junior Breanna Verkaik who had 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Senior Kirstin Tripp had 13 points including a trio of triples while junior Hannah Acre had 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Knights. Calvin led 28-20 at halftime. The Knights are back in action next Tuesday, hosting rival Hope at Van Noord Arena a 7:30 p.m.