Calvin Picks Up Key Conference Road Win At Alma
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
ALMA—The nationally-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team picked up a key conference victory on the road Wednesday night, defeating an up-and-coming Alma squad 25-21, 16-25, 25-14, 25-23.
Ranked 15th in the most recent Division III Top 25 poll, Calvin improves to 9-2 overall and to 3-0 in the MIAA. The Knights are currently one win behind 17th-ranked Hope which is currently 4-0 in league play.
The two rivals will meet on Friday in an early-season showdown at 6:30 p.m. inside Calvin’s Huizenga Tennis and Track Center. The match will be aired via Stretch Internet broadcast through the Calvin web site.
In its win over Alma, Calvin was keyed by freshman middle-hitter and current AVCA Division III Volleyball Player of the Week Rebecca Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS). Kamp finished the match wtih 18 kills, four digs, three solo blocks and an attack percentage of .455.
Kamp is currently ranked third nationally in kills-per-set (4.83 kills-per-set).
Freshman outside hitter Erin VanderPlas (McBain Northern Michigan Christian HS) also had a strong showing with 10 kills and a block solo while senior Jessica Garlick (Kalamazoo Christian HS) chipped in with six kills.
In the back row, junior libero Kelsey Sears (Traverse City West HS) sparkled with 27 digs while junior Katie Corbett (Stevensville-Lakeshore HS) and senior Stacie Lippert (St. Louis HS) chipped in with eight and seven digs respectively.
Senior setter Lauren DeGroot (Tulare, CA) was also superb with 34 assists, eight digs, three service aces and a pair of kills. In addition, sophomore Kim Wigboldy (Chandler, AZ/Valley Christian HS) had two service aces while Lippert had three service aces.
As a team, Calvin collected 11 service aces and posted 11.5 team blocks.