Rebecca Kamp Named Capital One Academic All-American of the Year in Volleyball
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Calvin senior Rebecca Kamp leads the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® Division III Volleyball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Kamp has been chosen as the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year award winner for Division III volleyball. She is the third individual in Calvin athletics history to be named a recipient of the Academic All-America of the Year award selected by CoSIDA as Chris Knoester was so honored in men’s basketball in 1994 and Joel Klooster in men’s cross country/track and field in 2002.
In addition, she has also been named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team while her sister Lizzie Kamp has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team.
The Capital One Division III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2011-12 D-III Capital One Academic All-America® teams program.
A special education major enrolled in Calvin’s elementary education program, Rebecca Kamp carries a 3.91 G.P.A. She also earned CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division first team honors as a sophomore in 2009. Only the second volleyball player in NCAA Division III history to be named first team All-American three years in a row, she was selected as the 2011 NCAA Division III National Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
A native of Orland Park, Illinois and a graduate of Chicago Christian High School, Rebecca Kamp led Calvin to a 33-1 record and a number one national ranking as a senior. By averaging 3.85 kills and 1.37 blocks per match, she guided the Knights to 33 straight wins before they lost in the regional finals to Wittenberg, the eventual NCAA Division III champion. A middle-blocker, she was honored as the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Most Valuable Player three times in four years. She also finished her career as the Knights’ all-time leader with 1,868 kills. She also owns the school record with 574 career blocks.
As a junior, she guided Calvin to a 32-4 record and the Knights’ first-ever NCAA Division III national championship. She was named as the Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA championship.
Named as an All-MIAA selection four times, she helped Calvin post a 119-17 record in her four-year career.
A three-time Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Most Valuable Player, Kamp led the 2010 national-champion Knights to the 2011 NCAA Championship Tournament Round of 16 with 400 kills and a .401 hitting percentage.
A junior, Lizzie Kamp also hails from Orland Park, Illinois, and is a graduate of Chicago Christian High School. Lizzie Kamp carries a 3.70 grade point average. She began her academic career as a graphic design major but recently switched her major to accounting. She is receiving Capital One Academic All-America honors for the first time.
An outside hitter, she was named a second team Division III All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association last month while also landing a spot on the AVCA Division III Great Lakes All-Region team for the third straight year and a spot on the All-MIAA first team for a second straight season.
This fall,she ranked 41st nationally 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 theWittenberg Great Lakes Regional Challenge. She was later named to the NCAA III Regional All-Tournament team.
Rebecca and Lizzie Kamp are part of three fall sports student-athletes to receive Capital One Academic All-America honors this year. Senior Miles Colago of the men’s soccer team was named a second team Capital One Academic All-American earlier this month.
Calvin has now had its athletes receive CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades 92 times including 61 times in the last 15 years.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more thann 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.