Volleyball Defeats Kalamazoo In Three Straight in Front of Calvin Homecoming Crowd
Saturday, October 10, 2009
(written by Calvin sports information student assistant Mitch Blankespoor)
The 11th ranked Calvin volleyball team was up for the challenge of the Kalamazoo Hornets Saturday at Van Noord Arena in front of a Calvin Homecoming crowd. The Knights defeated the Hornets in three sets by a score of 25-14, 25-17, 25-22.
Calvin did this with a balanced offensive attack. Sophomore Rebecca Kamp led the Knights with 14 kills and sophomore Erin VanderPlas added 12 kills. Sophomore Renee DeHaan and freshman Lizzie Kamp each totaled 6 kills. Kalamazoo College was led by Colleen Leonard with 9 kills and Johanna Kupe with 7 kills. Each team had a good percentage as Calvin hit .326 and Kalamazoo hit .278. Calvin had a better service day, beating Kalamazoo with 6 service aces to 3. Each team had 6 service errors. Calvin’s senior setter Nora Bruskewitz had 37 assists. Kalamazoo used 2 setters. Allison Liddane had 16 assists and Courtney Nartker had 9 assists. Calvin had 7 total team blocks while Kalamazoo had just 4.
Calvin won the first two sets rather easily. Libero Kelsey Sears had a great serving day. In each of the three sets, whenever Sears served, Calvin went on a run. Another key player was Lizzie Kamp. A freshmen from Orland Park, Illinois, and the younger sister of Rebecca Kamp, Lizzie came up big in the third set. With Calvin and Kalamazoo tied at 20 in third set, (Lizzie) Kamp had back-to-back kills which fired up the Knights, who went on to win the set 25-22.
When asked about the game, Coach Amber Warners replied, “We played very well together today. There were times during the match when we weren’t giving it our best. We have to want it every set. We can’t be satisfied with sliding though them.”
This victory puts Calvin at 14-4 overall and 9-1 in league play, one win behind Hope. Next weekend, Calvin heads to Chicago to play in a four-match tournament. The Knights will face some tough competition; most notably host Elmhurst, nearby North Central and Loras (IA) and Widener (PA).