Top-Ranked Volleyball Team Rolls to Victory at Olivet
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Mitch Blankespoor
OLIVET - The Calvin women’s volleyball team took on the Comets of Olivet College Tuesday night at Olivet’s Cutler Athletic Center looking to keep its perfect season alive. The Knights took an early lead, and never looked back defeating the Comets (2-10, 1-4 MIAA) handily in straight sets by scores of 25-11, 25-10, 25-9. Ranked number-one again in the most recent AVCA Division III Top 25 poll, the Knights remain unbeaten on the year at 12-0 overall and 4-0 in the MIAA.
Calvin got out to early leads in each of the three sets, and Olivet could not recover. The Knights truly used a team effort to down the Comets.
“I was really pleased with the focus we came out with tonight. Everyone saw the floor, and we did not lose our flow.” Head Coach Amber Warners commented.
Senior Rebecca Kamp, the current AVCA Division III National Player of the Week, hit .529 and led the Knights with 11 kills. Sophomore Megan Rietema dished out 20 assists and added six kills. Senior Erin Vander Plas and Freshmen Emily Crowe had four kills apiece. Senior Kelly Peterson led the Knights with 12 digs.
The biggest story of the match was the Calvin block. The Knights recorded a season high 14 blocks led by sophomore Megan Korber and junior Julia Hilbrands with six and five block assists respectively.
This same Calvin block led Olivet to hit -.153 for the match.
“Our play all around was consistent. We stayed in control the whole match which is something we have struggled with at times this year.” Warners commented.
The Knights will return to action this Friday when they play host to the Scots of Alma College.