Rebecca Kamp Finds Perfect Balance of Academics and Athletics at Calvin College
Monday, November 28, 2011
By Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant Mark DeHaan
Over the last four years, the key for opposing teams to beat Calvin has to be to stop senior middle hitter Rebecca Kamp. Unfortunately for opposing teams, Kamp was nearly unstoppable for the Knights this season and throughout her career. This fall she averaged 3.85 kills and 1.37 blocks-per-set along with a .401 hitting percentage while leading the Knights to 33-1 overall record. She completed her career as Calvin’s all-time leader in kills and total blocks while also establishing a Calvin single-season record for hitting percentage.
Kamp was recently named the AVCA Division III National Player of the Year as well as being named the Division III volleyball nominee for the Honda Leadership Award which will be announced next June. Kamp is one of only two four-time first team All-Americans in Division III women’s volleyball history.
A graduate of Chicago Christian High School, Kamp chose to attend Calvin because of its rigorous academics, strong volleyball team, and head coach Amber Warners. “Coach Warners is exactly the type of coach I wanted to play for,” said Kamp.
Kamp was also selected to the 2010 NCAA III Final all-tournament team during the Knights run to the 2010 National Championship. Asked to describe the experience, Kamp said it was “unbelievable. It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced, or ever will. It was a lot of fun to just hang out with the team while doing well at the sport we loved.”
A special education major, Kamp is currently student teaching at Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School with teammate Jen Pluymert’s mother Sue Pluymert. Kamp says she has enjoyed her time teaching. When asked how she balances her time as a student athlete, Kamp responded: “I try to plan ahead, not do stuff the last minute – put it in the planner right away. Mrs. Pluymert has been really flexible with my schedule.”
Kamp is a three-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll, a three-time selection for the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, and a 2009 selection for the CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American team. She is currently eligible for 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-America honors once again.
“The academic awards are great honors,” said Kamp. “My family has always placed an emphasis on academics and it is a priority for me as a student-athlete.”
This fall Rebecca was able to team up with sisters Lizzie and Stacey Kamp on a Calvin volleyball team that captured its second straight MIAA regular season title. A junior, Lizzie was named a second team AVCA Division III All-American this fall while Stacey, a freshman, also saw time on the varsity.
Kamp says playing with her sisters this fall was “Awesome. I played with them in high school, so it’s nothing new. I’ve been really blessed.”
As a senior, Kamp has enjoyed her four years at Calvin. “There have been ups and downs during my four years at Calvin but, I’ve grown a lot,” she says. “God wanted me here, and I am very grateful for that.”