Volleyball Defeats Trine In Straight Sets in MIAA Tournament Semis - To Face Hope in Saturday Final
Friday, November 04, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
The Knights advanced to the MIAA championship on Friday with a straight set victory (25-15, 28-26, 25-14) over Trine in the semi-finals.
Calvin took the first set handily by a score of 25-15, though the set was tied at 10-10 early on. Rebecca Kamp put the Knights on a run at the service line. Erin VanderPlas sparked the run with an authoritative attack up the middle to put the Knights on top 13-11. Lizzie Kamp followed that up from the outside by painting the line with an attack. Renee De Haan then recorded a tip kill to put Calvin on top by seven. Megan Rietema joined the mix with a right-handed reverse tip down the line and Calvin took the set going away.
The second set posed more of a problem for the Knights. Once again, the set was tight from the onset. But this time, Trine pulled away with some superior play at the net. The Thunder went ahead 15-9 after Jordan Bell and Betsy Irwin put up a combo block. Irwin held the margin at six—18-12—with a service ace shortly thereafter. But the Knights were able to crawl back. Again, it was Rebecca Kamp’s efforts at the service line that allowed them to do so. Lizzie Kamp and DeHaan teamed up on a block Bell to bring the score to 18-14. Calvin cut the margin to 18-17, but the Thunder reestablished a 23-20 lead in response.
The Knights then put up a triple block on Irwin. Rebecca Kamp earned a kill up the middle, and VanderPlas went cross court to square the score at 23. VanderPlas put up another kill to draw set point at 25-24. Irwin responded with a kill at 26-26. The Kamp sisters then walled off another Irwin attack and a Kristi Zietse serve closed off the set at 28-26.
The third set was once more close in its early stages. Off a slide, DeHaan placed a kill through the seam of the block to put Calvin up 6-5. Kelly Gordon then aced the Thunder back row and the Knights were on top 10-8 early. Calvin then pulled away thanks to a Zietse service run. Zietze also contributed extraordinary hustle in the back row to give Calvin a 19-10 advantage. Rebecca Kamp and Lizzie Kamp posted valuable kills in the set’s late stages and Calvin won the final set by a score of 25-14.
“I liked the fight I saw in our team. We held our composure,” said Coach Amber Warners, whose Knights remain top-ranked and unbeaten on the year.
Calvin hit .304 as a team in the win with Lizzie Kamp collecting 11 kills, Renee DeHaan 10 kills and Rebecca Kamp eight kills. Megan Rietema had 33 assists while Kelly Gordon and Kristi Zietse had 11 digs apiece.
Calvin will host Hope tomorrow in the MIAA championship at 4:30 p.m.