Volleyball Defeats Hope in Five Sets, Wins MIAA Tournament Title
Saturday, November 03, 2012
GRAND RAPIDS – The Calvin women’s volleyball team was pushed to the brink in the MIAA Tournament Final vs. Hope College Saturday evening. The Knights defeated the Flying Dutch in five sets by scores of 25-18, 22-25, 24-26, 25-23, 15-11 to earn the MIAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA III Volleyball Tournament.
The match started off well for Calvin. The Knights won the first six points of the match. Hope would close the gap to four points on two different occasions, but could not tie the first set up. A kill from junior Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) on the second ball gave the Knights the first set victory.
Calvin hit .250 in the first set while holding Hope to a .140 clip.
Hope jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the second set, forcing a timeout from Calvin head coach Amber Warners. Calvin battled back to tie the game 21-21 using two straight blocks. Hope bounced back with back-to-back kills from Mari Schoolmaster, and took the second set victory.
Hope hit .195 in the first set. Calvin hit a mere .071.
Calvin took the early lead in set number three behind three kills from freshmen Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian). Hope battled back to tie the set at 13-13, and took the lead on a service run from Schoolmaster. Hope held this lead to 24-21. Warners called a timeout. Her team responded, fighting off three straight points to tie the set at 24-24. A Greer Bratschie kill and Rietema ball handling error won the third set for the Flying Dutch.
Hope hit a .293 clip in the third set. Calvin hit just .189.
Calvin jumped out to the lead in the fourth set, and never looked back. Hope got within three points three different times, but could not overcome the early deficit.
Calvin hit a match high .318 in the fourth set while holding Hope to a .220 clip.
The Knights won the first three points of the decisive fifth set. A service run by Katie Ansel tied the set at 5-5. Calvin went on a 7-3 run, forcing Hope head coach Becky Schmidt to call timeout. A couple kills by senior Lizzie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian) gave the Knights the fifth set victory.
“We did a really nice job of staying in the present moment and not let the score affect us mentally or physically,” Warners said after the match. “Now that it is NCAA Tournament time, we have to play with no regrets.”
The Knights were led by Maggie Kamp who had a career-high 19 kills on 48 attack attempts. Lizzie Kamp had 18 kills. Sophomore Emily Crowe (Granger, IN/Mishawaka Penn) led Calvin with six blocks. Rietema dished out 50 assists.
Hope was led by a trio of attackers, Mari Schoolmaster, Anna Lynch and Nicole George recorded 15 kills. George also tallied six blocks. Bratschie dished out 54 assists in defeat.
After the match, five Knights earned All-MIAA honors. Emily Crowe and Maggie Kamp were named to the second team. Julia HIlbrands, Megan Rietema, and Lizzie Kamp were named to the first team. In addition, Maggie Kamp was named MIAA Freshman of the Year and Lizzie Kamp was named MIAA Most Valuable Player.
Calvin earns the MIAA automatic bid to the NCAA III Volleyball Tournament. The field will be announced at 11 a.m. Monday morning.