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Calvin Vball Defeats Puget Sound in Four Sets in Quarters - To Face Christopher Newport in Semis

Friday, November 16, 2012

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HOLLAND, Mich. – Playing less than 40 miles from their home campus, Calvin (Mich.) College dominated the final two sets Thursday night in defeating the University of Puget Sound (Wash.), 25-22, 23-25, 25-15, 25-10, in an NCAA Division III volleyball tournament quarterfinal at DeVos Fieldhouse.

The Knights, who won the 2010 national championship,will take on 2011 national runnerup Christopher Newport (Va.) University (40-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday night in a Division III semifinal matchup. The other semifinal, at 5 p.m., pits St. Thomas (Minn.) (38-1) against Elmhurst (Ill.) (33-7).

The first two sets were evenly played. The first set was tied nine times before national Division III Player of the Year Lizzie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian) got going. Kamp had four kills during an 8-2 run that gave Calvin a 17-11 lead. The Loggers (22-6) battled back to within two points on three occasions, but Calvin freshman Maggie Kamp closed out the set with a cross-court kill.
In the second set, the Knights got out to an early 5-2 lead using a service run from senior libero Kelly Gordon (Caledonia/South Christian).  The Loggers were able to get the second set to 7-6, and then Marissa Florant stepped up to the service line.  Four of the next six points were attack errors from Calvin.  The other two were kills from middle hitter Nicolette Raynaud, giving Puget Sound a 12-7 advantage.  The Knights were able to side out once, but the Loggers did not give in, winning the next four points.  Calvin battled back, fighting off one set point to set the score at 24-23.  Another Florant kill gave Puget Sound the second set victory.

The Knights seized control of the match in the third set, jumping out to a 7-3 lead and extending the lead from there, hitting .375 for the set. Calvin then scored the first six points in the fourth set using a service run form junior Kristi Zietze (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian), and Puget Sound never recovered.

“I think we served more aggressively (in the final two sets). Our passing was more on. When our passing is on and Megan can be offensive, it really throws the (opposing) defense and the block off,” Calvin coach Amber Warners said.

Lizzie Kamp led the Knights with 18 kills and 14 digs, while Emily Crowe had 11 kills and a hitting percentage of .500. Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian), who joined Lizzie Kamp as first-team All-Americans, had nine kills, 41 assists, 13 digs and five blocks, while Zietse had 16 digs.   
“Calvin is really a great team. They have a lot of firepower. We knew that coming in,” Puget Sound coach Mark Massey said. “One of the keys for us was to serve very effectively, and pass to all our options in our offense. I thought we played two outstanding games (to start the match).”

Florant and Jackie Harvey led the Loggers with 10 kills each. Jenni Brehove dished out 38 assists and added 10 digs,while libero Christina Chun had 16 digs before leaving the match because of injury in the fourth set.

Calvin hit a .268 clip for the match including .375 and .464 in sets three and four respectively.  Calvin had 12 team blocks compared to Puget Sound’s eight.  This appearance in the national quarterfinals was the third in school history for Puget Sound, achieving the same feat in 2000 and 2007.

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