Rebecca Kamp, Megan Rietema and Lizzie Kamp Named AVCA Division III All-Americans
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Three members of the Calvin women’s volleyball team have been named Division III All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Senior Rebecca Kamp has been named a first team All-American for the fourth straight year while sophomore Megan Rietema has been named a first team All-American for the first time. In addition, junior Lizzie Kamp has been named a second team All-American, also receiving the honor for the first time.Finally, senior Erin VanderPlas has been named an honorable mention All-American.
A native of Orland Park, Illinois, Rebecca Kamp is the second four-time first team AVCA All-American in NCAA III women’s volleyball history, joining Christy Orndorff of Juniata (Pa) who did so from 1991-to-1994. A middle-hitter, she is also one of nine four-time All-Americans in Division III women’s volleyball history as seven others did so by combination of being named first, second or third team during their four years of collegiate competition.
This fall, Kamp has been among the nation’s leaders in kills-per-set (3.85), blocks-per-set (1.37), points-per-set (4.89) and hitting percentage (.401). During the season, she was named to all-tournament teams at tournaments hosted by Thomas More and Wittenberg. She was also named to the Great Lakes All-Region tournament this past weekend. She was also named a two-time MIAA Player of the Week during the season and received AVCA Division III National Player of the Week honors once. She was later named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player for the third time in four years and earned a berth on the All-MIAA first team for a fourth straight year. Last week she was named to the Great Lakes All-Region team for the fourth straight year.
A sophomore setter, Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) has been ranked nationally throughout the year in assists-per-set average (10.66) while directing a Calvin offense that has been ranked number-one in attack percentage. She also averaged nearly a block-per-set and individual attack percentage of .325. During the season, she was named to all-tournament teams at the Thomas More Invitational and Wittenberg Great Lakes Regional Challenge. She was a two-time MIAA Specialty Player of the Week and was named to the All-MIAA first team for a second straight year. Last week she was named to the Great Lakes All-Region team for a second straight year and later landed a spot on the NCAA III All-Region Tournament team hosted by Calvin.
An outside hitter, Lizzie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS), Kamp has been ranked among the nation’s leaders in attack percentage at a .341 clip while averaging 3.25 kills-per-set, 2.19 digs-per-set and 0.42 blocks-per-set. She was named to all-tournament teams at the Thomas More Invitational and the Wittenberg Great Lakes Regional Challenge. She earned MIAA Player of the Week honors once and was named to the All-MIAA first team for a second straight year. Last week she was named to the Great Lakes All-Region team for a third straight year and was later named to the NCAA III Regional All-Tournament team.
An outside hitter, VanderPlas hails from Cadillac and is a graduate of McBain Northern Michigan Christian High School. She was an MIAA Player of the Week selection this year and landed a spot on the All-MIAA second team and Great Lakes All-Region team. During the season, she averaged 2.46 kills-per-set and attack percentage of .263.
It marks just the second time in Calvin women’s volleyball history that three of its players have received All-America accolades in the same year as Julie Dykstra, Roxanne Helmus and Leah Calsbeek did so in 1986.
Calvin finished the 2011 season with an overall record of 33-1. The Knights were MIAA regular season and MIAA tournament champions.
AVCA DIVISION III FOUR-TIME WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL ALL-AMERICANS
Tracy Beaty, Benedictine - ‘86 (2nd), ‘87 (1st), ‘88 (1st) ‘89 (2nd)
Cathy Costello, Colorado College - ’ 86 (2nd), ’ 87 (1st), ‘88 (1st), ‘89 (1st)
Ashley Farrimond, Trinity, TX - ‘01 (2nd), ‘02 (1st), ‘03 (1st), ‘04 (1st)
Rebecca Kamp, Calvin - ‘08 (1st), ‘09 (1st), ‘10 (1st), ‘11 (1st)
Maria Horning, Eastern - ‘08 (3rd), ‘09 3rd), ‘10 (1st), ‘11 (1st)
Jennifer Martz, Washington-St. Louis - ‘95 (2nd), ‘96 (1st), ‘97 (1st), ‘98 (1st)
Christy Orndorff, Juniata - ‘91 (1st), ‘92 (1st), ‘93 (1st), ‘94 (1st)
Courtney Reinhold, Eastern - ‘08 (2nd), ‘09 (2nd), ‘10 (2nd), ‘11 (1st)
Amber Thomas, Juniata - ‘05 (2nd), ‘06 (1st), ‘07 (1st), ‘08 (1st)
CALVIN’S VOLLEYBALL ALL-AMERICANS
Leah Calsbeek – 1986
Julie Dykstra – 1985, 1986
Roxanne Helmus – 1986
Kristen Kalb – 2006
Rebecca Kamp, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Molly Krikke, 2006, 2007
Kelsey Sears, 2009
Erika Van Stralen – 1997
Rhonda Volkers, 1999
Katie Zondervan, 2007