Calvin Sweeps Albion - Perfect Through First Half of MIAA
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
(Photo by Paul Evans)
GRAND RAPIDS – The Calvin College women’s volleyball team finished the first half of conference play with a perfect 8-0 record defeating the Britons of Albion College 25-11, 25-15, 25-14 on Tuesday night at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena.
Calvin started the first set on a 7-2 run thanks to three consecutive kills from senior outside hitter Lizzie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian), forcing a timeout from Albion’s first year head coach Kristin Slamer. The Knights expanded their lead after the timeout, and senior defensive specialist Kim Start (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) served six straight points, giving Calvin the first set victory.
Lizzie Kamp tallied six kills on seven attack attempts in the first set, good for a .857 clip. Calvin hit .452 in the first set, while holding Albion to a .037 clip.
Calvin mixed up its rotation in the second set. Senior Rebecca Ratkov (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) and sophomore Brittany Rosendale (Jenison/Unity Christian) started set two. Albion hung around for the first ten points of the match. Rosendale then stepped up to the service line and widened the gap to a 10-6 Knight lead. Calvin would not relinquish the lead, and won the second set handily.
Calvin hit a blistering .429 in the second set while holding the Britons to .111.
The Knights jumped out to a big lead in the third set off of the serve of junior setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian), giving Calvin an 8-1 lead. Briton junior middle hitter Jalyn Ingalls ran off four straight points for Albion, forcing a timeout call from Amber Warners. Albion could not overcome the deficit, despite getting within two points on three different occasions. Calvin won the match clinching third set despite hitting just a .206 clip.
Every Knight saw time on the court, and thus, Calvin was very balanced statistically. Rietema and frehsmen Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian) led Calvin with seven kills apiece. Senior Julia Hilbrands had a team high six blocks. Senior Kelly Gordon (Caledonia/South Christian) and sophomore Elise Biesboer (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian) scored 12 and eight digs respectively.
Sophomore Caitlin McClorey led Albion in defeat with seven kills and hit .429.
“It was great to see our intensity stay high even when our lineup changed,” Warners said. “It’s great for the moral of this team to see everyone get playing time and still see quality volleyball.”
Calvin returns to action when it hosts the Adrian College Bulldogs Friday at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena.