Saturday, November 02, 2013Results
WEST OLIVE - In a matchup of nationally-ranked teams, the Calvin women’s cross country team captured its eighth MIAA title in the last nine years with a first place score of 21 points. Ranked fifth nationally entering the meet, Calvin finished 15 points ahead of 22nd ranked Hope which hosted the meet at the West Ottawa Golf Course. Calvin was able to pack five runners inside the top eight to hold off the Flying Dutch led by freshman Cassie Vince (Amherst, OH/Amherst HS) who ran stride-for-stride with Hope senior Sheri McCormack through the first four kilometers of the 6K race. Vince broke free with just under two kilometers remaining and pulled away for an 11-second victory finishing in a first place time of 21:36 while McCormack was second in 21:47. Calvin senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) took third in 22:13 followed by junior Kimby Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in fourth (22:18), senior Alyssa Oram (Cheboygan/Home Schooled) in fifth (22:31) and senior Rebekah Folkema (Renfrew, ON/Renfrew Collegiate Institute) in eighth (22:44).
Saturday, November 02, 2013Box Score
By Mark DeHaan
Calvin women’s soccer traveled to Olivet on Saturday to face the Comets. The Knights entered the contest at 11-2-1 in the MIAA and 14-2-2 overall while Olivet was 4-10-0 in the league and 7-10-0 overall. Calvin claimed a hard-fought 1-0 victory, and with the win and a Hope 2-0 win over Kalamazoo, set up a big matchup against Hope at Calvin on Monday. Calvin and Hope are both tied for first place with 37 points apiece. Alma continues to remain one point behind with 36 points. A win by either Calvin or Hope would give either school the outright title. A Calvin-Hope tie and an Alma win however would allow Alma to slip past both schools and claim the outright MIAA title for its own. Monday’s game against Hope is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
Friday, November 01, 2013Box Score
By Mark DeHaan
Calvin volleyball hosted the Hornets of Kalamazoo College on Friday evening for an MIAA contest. Not only was the match the final regular season game for the Knights, but it was also Senior Night as Calvin’s two seniors, Kristin Zietse and Megan Rietema, were honored at Van Noord Arena. Calvin made it a happy senior night, defeating Kalamazoo 25-11, 25-14, 25-13. The win gives the Knights a share of the MIAA regular season championship with Hope. Calvin also clinches the top seed for the MIAA Tournament as the Knights own a tie-breaker edge over Hope due to total sets won and lost in the two matches played against each other this fall. Calvin’s MIAA title is its fourth straight and sixth under current head coach Amber Warners. It is also the 19th in program history – the most in MIAA volleyball history.Calvin know looks forward to the MIAA tournament which will be held at Van Noord Arena with semifinals slated for Friday and the final scheduled for Saturday. Calvin will take on fourth-seeded Saint Mary’s in the second semifinal Friday night at 7:30 p.m. with second-seeded Hope taking on third-seeded Trine in the first semifinal Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Friday, November 01, 20132013-14 Preseason Audio Interview with Kevin Vande Streek
The 2012-13 season proved to be a landmark year for the Calvin men’s basketball team. The Knights hit the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2006, captured the MIAA Tournament title and reached the NCAA III Tournament for the first time since 2007 and advanced to the Round of 16 of the NCAA III Tournament for the first time since 2005, eventually finishing with an overall record of 26-4. What can the Knights do for an encore? With a solid group of returning players, the Knights should field a strong squad for the upcoming season but will also have to find a way to replace four graduated seniors including a pair of 1,000 point scorers in combo guard Bryan Powell and wing forward Tom Snikkers. Calvin will have an ample supply of frontcourt depth but finding ways to fill holes in the backcourt will be key. Along with Powell, the Knights must also replace starting point guard David Rietema who has graduated. Powell was a first team All-MIAA selection last year despite coming off the bench while Rietema was a stellar defender and ball-handler.
Friday, November 01, 2013Calvin Women's Bball Preseason Audio Interview With John Ross
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin women’s basketball team enjoyed its most successful stretch in program history from the fall of 2009 to the spring of 2013, accumulating 100 victories and losing only 16 contests. The Knights earned national tournament berths all four years, advancing as far as the Elite Eight in March of 2012. And, it will come as no surprise to those who have followed Calvin women’s basketball that the impressive four year span aligned with the career of Carissa Verkaik, the 2012-13 Division III player of the year, four-time All-American, four-time MIAA MVP, and Calvin record holder in career points, career rebounds, and career blocked shots.Verkaik was part of six key seniors that have since graduated. While Calvin graduated six irreplaceable seniors, the Knights return three starters from a team last season that went 23-4. Calvin opens its season on November 15 when it travels to Lakeland College for a non-conference game. The conference season begins in earnest on November 19 when the Knights host rival Hope inside Van Noord Arena.« First < 5 6 7