Volleyball Advances to MIAA Tournament Finals to Face Hope
Friday, November 05, 2010
By sports information student assistant Andrew Knot
HOLLAND - On Friday night, Calvin ousted Alma in the semi-final match of the MIAA tournament.
The Knights won in four sets, 25-23, 25-16, 20-25, and 25-19. In the first set, the Scots battled Calvin to tie the set at 23, but sophomore Jen Pluymert served out the game, with a Rebecca Kamp kill finishing the set for the Knights.
Calvin opened the second set on a roll. The Knights’ block came out with a vengeance, dominating the Scots in the front row. Calvin pulled to a 9-5 lead before Alma coach Cheyenne Luzynski called a timeout. Calvin came out of the timeout strong, with junior Erin VanderPlas contributing an overpowering block. Calvin didn’t look back from there, going up 18-9 and closing out the second set 25-16.
Alma showed some fire in the third set, taking an 18-13 lead in the intermediate stages of the set. Calvin cut the lead to 18-16, but the Scots pulled away to a 25-20 victory.
Calvin responded in the fourth set, but not after trailing 6-1 to open the set. Coach Amber Warners called a timeout, gathered her team, and Calvin bounced back to take a 9-8 lead off a Lizzie Kamp attack down the line. Calvin then took a 19-13 lead through scrappy defense. The Knights pulled ahead to a 25-19 victory, taking the match in four sets.
“I thought we showed a lot of fight tonight. I’m happy we responded after dropping the third set,” said Coach Amber Warners. “We held our own at the net tonight.”
Calvin was led at the net by VanderPlas and Rebecca Kamp at the net, each with 16 kills. DeHaan assisted on 7 blocks. Freshman Megan Rietema led the Knights with 48 assists and Kelly Peterson contributed 18 digs.
The game took place at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. Calvin will square off against Hope tomorrow in the MIAA championship at 4 p.m.