Rebecca Kamp Named AVCA Division III National Player of the Year
Thursday, November 17, 2011
ST. LOUIS, MO - Calvin College senior Rebecca Kamp has received the highest honor in Division III volleyball. On Thursday night at the Division III All-America banquet ceremony, Kamp was named the Division III National Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
A graduate of Chicago Christian High School, Kamp is the first individual in Calvin women’s volleyball history to receive the award.
A native of Orland Park, Illinois, Kamp recently was named a first team All-American for the fourth straight year. She is one of only two individuals in Division III women’s volleyball history to receive first team All-America honors four straight years.
A middle-hitter, Kamp concluded her collegiate career this past weekend at an NCAA III regional hosted by Calvin. She is the Calvin career leader in kills (1,868) and total blocks (574). She also holds the Calvin single-season record for hitting percentage (.431) established in 2010.
This fall, she posted a hitting percentage of .401 while averaging 3.85 kills and 1.37 blocks-per-set, ranking among the nation’s leaders in all three categories. She was also credited with 31 service aces. Over the course of 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.
“I can’t think of an individual more deserving of this award than Becca,” said Calvin women’s volleyball coach Amber Warners. “She has been a huge reason why our program has risen to the level it is at right now. She was not only a dominant player individually, but also the type of player who makes the rest of her teammates better.”
Over the course of her four-year career, Kamp helped Calvin fashion an overall won-loss record of 119-17. During that four-year span, Calvin earned four berths in the NCAA III Tournament and in 2010, captured the school’s first national title in volleyball with Kamp receiving most outstanding player honors at the national finals in St. Louis.
Kamp was was one of three individuals that received their All-America awards on Thursday night as sophomore Megan Rietema was honored as a first team All-American and Lizzie Kamp as a second team All-American.
AVCA Division III National Players of the Year
2011 Rebecca Kamp, Calvin College
2010 Amelia McCall, Emory University
2009 Christina Cahoon, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
2008 Amber Thomas, Juniata College
2007 Amber Thomas, Juniata College
2006 Stephanie Kines, Juniata College
2005 Courtney Rose, Emory University
2004 Carli Dale, Juniata College
2003 Amy Smith, University of La Verne
2002 Rebecca Rotello, Washington University in St. Louis
2001 Allison Erickson, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2000 Candace Wilson, Central College
1999 Abbie Brown, Central College
1998 Abbie Brown, Central College
1997 Jennifer Martz, Washington University in St. Louis
1996 Amy Ward, Wisconsin-Oshkosh
1995 Shelley Swan, Washington University in St. Louis
1994 Amy Albers, Washington University in St. Louis
1993 Amy Albers, Washington University in St. Louis
1992 Lisa Becker, Washington University in St. Louis
Anastasia Nikas, Stony Brook University
1991 Elizabeth Tan, UC San Diego
1990 Kathy Bersett, Washington University in St. Louis
1989 Lori Nishikawa, Washington University in St. Louis
1988 Lori Nishikawa, Washington University in St. Louis
1987 Janet Hughes, UC San Diego
1986 Anne Westerkamp, Benedictine University
1985 Sherri Petrick, Benedictine University