#4 Calvin Knocks Off #2 Hope in Straight Sets
Saturday, October 20, 2012
HOLLAND – The Calvin College volleyball team traveled to DeVos Fieldhouse in search of its fifth sixth straight victory over Hope College. The Knights defeated Hope 3-0 by scores of 25-22, 25-21, 25-18, giving Calvin its first three set victory at the DeVos Fieldhouse since its opening in 2006.
The first set was close for the duration. Calvin took a 15-12 lead on a couple of Hope attack errors forcing Hope head coach Becky Schmidt to call timeout. The timeout proved effective, as Hope went on the win the next four points. This forced Calvin head coach Amber Warners to call timeout. After trading side outs, two Lizzie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian) kills gave the Knights a 23-20 lead. Another Schmidt timeout could not stop Calvin, and the Knights took the first set 25-22.
Calvin hit a .278 clip in the first set. Hope hit a mere .185.
Calvin started out set number two with six straight points. The Flying Dutch did not fold without a fight. Three straight attack errors by Calvin forced a timeout call from Warners. Using several kills from Lizzie Kamp and Emily Crowe (Granger, IN/Mishawaka Penn), Calvin built a seven-point lead. Hope got within three points, but a double block by Lizzie Kamp and Rebecca Ratkov (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) gave the Knights the second set victory 25-21.
Both teams hit worse in the second set. Calvin hit .195 while Hope hit .132.
The third set started much like the second. Kills by Ratkov and Lizzie Kamp gave the Knights a 13-8 lead, forcing a timeout call from Schmidt. This time, Calvin did not step its foot off the gas pedal. Five of the last six points of the set came from Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian) kills.
Lizzie and Maggie Kamp led the way on offense for Calvin scoring 18 and 13 kills respectively. Setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) dished out 37 assists while recording a team high 16 digs. Ratkov and Crowe each had four block assists. Jenna Grasmeyer led Hope in defeat with 11 kills. Setter Greer Bratschie dished out 27 assists.
Calvin recorded nine blocks as a team. Hope had six in the match. Calvin hit a .278 clip while holding Hope to .185 on the match.
“Both teams play national caliber volleyball, Warners said after the match. “Either team can win on any given day. There were times that Hope put together several points against us, but we fought back.”
This win elevates Calvin to 23-2 (13-0 MIAA) on the season. Hope falls to 24-3 (12-2 MIAA).
Calvin returns to action Wednesday, October 24, when it hosts the Trine Thunder.