Volleyball Picks up First Round MIAA Tournament Win Over Adrian - To Face Alma in Semis
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
In the third meeting between the two teams this season, #2 seed Calvin and #7 seed Adrian faced off again at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena Tuesday evening in a first round MIAA tournament match, with the #7 nationally ranked Knights defeating the Bulldogs in three sets (25-11, 25-13, 25-7). The Knights were led by the Kamp sisters (Orland Park, IL) on the nets, with Becca and Lizzie finishing with 13 and 12 kills respectively.
“I thought we played really well and that we had very few unforced errors, which I was happy about,” said Coach Warners after the match. “I thought we played very consistent in all of the skills of passing, serving, hitting and setting.”
“We stayed focused when we needed to that was the difference,” Warners concluded.
Calvin dominated the first set as the Knights dominated the nets, amassing a number of kills and blocks, and Calvin forcefully closed the set out 25-11. The second set started a bit slower for the Knights, but Calvin still went out to take an initial 6-3 lead early in the set. The Knights would double, triple, and even quadruple that score later on, leading 12-6, 18-9, and 24-12 as things progressed, and Calvin would finish the set 25-13. In the third set Calvin jumped out 4-2, and then used a Becca Kamp serving run [ten straight points] to lead 14-2. The Knights then went on an 11-5 run to finish 25-7, closing out the set and securing the match sweep.
“Becca has been really working hard on her consistency with her jump serve, and it’s a great thing to have because it’s hard to stop,” Warners said of Kamp’s tough jump serve. “For her it’s just a matter of being consistent and putting it in which she did a great job of tonight.”
Along with the Kamps, Calvin’s Erin Vander Plas (Cadillac, MI) added 6 kills and Renee DeHaan (Grand Rapids, MI) added 8. Freshman setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids, MI) tallied 39 assists over all three sets, while Lizzie Kamp led the team with 10 digs. Kelly Peterson (Anoka, MN) and Rietema both added 7 digs apiece. As a team the Knights totaled 8 blocks 6 service aces en route to the win.
“From here on out we’re just focusing on fearing nobody, respecting everybody, and playing with the mentality we need to play at the highest level without letting our opponent dictate what’s happening in the match,” Warners said. “We will be working tomorrow and Thursday for the Alma match [Friday], and we will be focusing on each set and each point and letting the outcome take care of itself.”
With the win, Calvin moves to 25-3 overall and 16-1 in conference play. Calvin will travel to Hope for the remainder of the tournament, starting with a Friday night contest against #3 seed Alma. Friday’s semifinal match at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse is slated to start at 5:30 p.m.