Knights Hold Off Albion in MIAA Volleyball Match
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
ALBION—Calvin got back on the winning track and snapped a four-match winning streak by a determined Albion squad Wednesday night at Albion’s Kresge Gymnasium, winning by scores of 26-24, 25-19, 23-25, 25-22. Ranked 17th in the latest AVCA Division III Top 25 poll, Calvin is now 12-4 overall and 6-2 in the MIAA.
In set one, Calvin held a 24-20 lead but allowed the Britons (11-9 overall, 4-4 MIAA) to rattle off four straight points to tie the score at 24. Calvin was able to come up with the final two points however to gain the key first set win. The Knights then took two of the next three sets to claim the conference win.
Calvin hit .297 as a team in the win including .412 in the opening set. The Knights also had a strong defensive match, collecting 92 digs. Calvin had four players notch double-digits in digs led by junior libero Kelsey Sears (Traverse City/Traverse City West HS) with 22 digs. Junior Katie Corbett (St. Joseph/Stevensville-Lakeshore HS) was next with 18 digs while senior Lauren DeGroot (Tulare, CA/Central Valley Christian HS) and freshman Kelly Peterson (Ramsey, MN/Anoka HS) had 13 digs apiece.
DeGroot also picked up 54 assists with freshman Rebecca Kamp (Orland Park, Il/Chicago Christian HS) racking up 25 kills, four block assists and a hitting percentage of .429. Freshmen Erin VanderPlas (Cadillac/McBain Northern Michigan Christian HS) and Renee DeHaan (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) were next with 10 kills apiece. DeHaan had a hitting percentage of .381 along with one block and three block assists. The Knights also received a strong contribution from sophomore Kim Wigboldy (Chandler, AZ/Valley Christian HS) with nine kills and a .318 hitting percentage. Senior Jessica Garlick (Portage/Kalamazoo Christian HS) also chipped in with one block and five block assists.
Calvin will now break until October 7 when it hosts Trine University at 7:00 p.m. in an MIAA conference match at the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center.