Lizzie Kamp Excels During Junior Campaign For Calvin Volleyball Team
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
(written by sports information student assistant Derek Neice)
By winning the National Championship last season and maintaining a spotless record thus far in 2011, the Knights have had to rely on contributions from a number of different players. One key cog to the highly effective machine that is this year’s Calvin squad is junior Lizzie Kamp.She is currently averaging 3.21 kills-per-set along with an attack percentage of .360.
A native of Orland Park, Illinois, Kamp followed her older sister Rebecca [Kamp] to Calvin and to the volleyball team here. Calvin seemed the natural choice for her not only from a volleyball standpoint, but also because of Calvin’s strong emphasis on faith.
“I like the atmosphere here and the community,” Kamp said about why she chose Calvin. “Everything here at Calvin was what I was looking for.”
Now a two-year starter at the outside hitter position for Calvin, Kamp routinely receives chances to rack up points for the Knights, and more often than not she delivers. Last season  proved to be her breakout year as well as Kamp was named to the All-MIAA First Team as well as an AVCA Honorable Mention All-America selection.
And helping lead the team to their first ever national title was the perfect end to a great season.
Having had the opportunity to play now with both her sisters at Calvin is something that Kamp feels extremely fortunate for as older sister Rebecca is in her final year as a Knight and younger sister Stacey is only in her first.
“It’s something I take for granted a lot,” Kamp said of her sisters and fellow teammates. “It’s such a blessing to have them on the court because they know me better than anyone else on the team, and also our family is able to come up all the time to watch us which is great.”
A two-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and recently changing to her major to accounting, Kamp will stay an extra semester to get her degree and become a public accountant.
“I love the academic atmosphere here and the fact that even with playing sports you’re still able to be in the classroom everyday and not miss too much,” Kamp said of her academics.