Volleyball Defeats Heidelberg in Straight Sets in NCAA III Tournament First Round Match
Friday, November 09, 2012
Photo by Paul Evans, Story by Mitch Blankespoor
GRAND RAPIDS – The Calvin College women’s volleyball team opened up NCAA III Tournament play with a three set victory of Heidelberg University by scores of 25-15, 25-13, 25-17.
The Knights got off to an early lead in the first set. Senior libero Kelly Gordon (Caledonia/South Christian) served four straight times, giving the Knights a 4-0 lead. Kill by junior setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) and senior Julia Hilbrands (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) as well as two blocks gave the Knights an 11-4 lead over the Berg forcing head coach Jason Miller to call timeout. The student prince could not draw closer to the Knights’ lead, and fell in the first set.
Calvin tallied four blocks in the first set en route to holding Heidelberg to a mere .057 hitting percentage in the first set. The Knights hit a .361 clip.
The Berg hung with the Knights in the beginning of the second set. Three Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian) kills gave Calvin a 12-7 lead forcing another timeout from Miller. Heidelberg got within three points at 12-9, but three Lizzie Kamp kills and two attack errors from junior Amber Welfle extended Calvin’s lead to 19-11. Calvin coasted to a second set victory.
Calvin had 14 kills on 29 attack attempts in the second set, good for a .448 hitting percentage. Heidelberg improved slightly in the second set, but still hit only a .083 clip.
The Knights did not let up in the third set. Once again, Calvin jumped out to an early 5-1 lead behind a service run from Gordon. The Berg came back to tie the set at 7-7, but back-to-back attack errors gave the Knights the lead. Two kills from Rietema followed by three kills from Lizzie Kamp gave the Knights the clinching set victory.
Calvin hit a blistering .373 for the match. The Knights defense held Heidelberg to under a .100 hitting percentage for the match using seven blocks to do so. Four Knights totaled double-digits in digs. Lizzie Kamp paced Calvin scoring 14 kills. Rietema dished out 29 assists while recording three block assists.
Senior Marian Bevington led the Berg with 11 kills in defeat.
“I was pleased with our intensity tonight,” Calvin head coach Amber Warners said after the match. “We kept up the high level of play throughout the entire match.”
Calvin (29-2) will face off against Mount Union (27-6) at 7:00 p.m. The Purple Raiders defeated Medaille College in straight sets.
The first matchup of the day will feature the Wittenberg Tigers (26-4) against the Flying Dutch of Hope College (29-4) at 4:30 p.m. Wittenberg defeated Ohio Northern in straight sets while Hope defeated Otterbein in straight sets.