Volleyball Remains Unbeaten After Three-Set Win Over Saint Mary’s
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Fresh from knocking off rival Hope College in a four set match this past weekend, the now 4th ranked Knights of Calvin College continued on track Tuesday evening as they defeated the Saint Mary’s Belles in three straight sets (25-20, 25-18, 25-18).
After defeating the Dutchmen on Saturday, Calvin moved up four spots to its present #4 ranking in the national poll with Hope dropping to 6th. Tuesday’s three set sweep of the Belles maintained a spotless record thus far for the Knights’ 2010 campaign as Calvin improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference.
Junior Becca Kamp (Orland Park, IL), averaging 3.63 kills a match coming into the day, led all players with 14 kills. Calvin juniors Erin Vander Plas (Cadillac, MI) and Renee DeHaan (Grand Rapids, MI) added 10 and eight kills respectively, and sophomore Lizzie Kamp (Orland Park, IL) also finished with nine kills. Freshman setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids, MI) tallied 29 assists in only two sets of play, and senior Carolyn Nelson (Milan, MI) added 11 assists in the final frame. Calvin junior libero Kelly Peterson (Ramsey, MN) had 16 digs in the game, and Lizzie Kamp also added nine digs of her own to go with her nine kills.
“We strive to open up every match the same way with the same intensity,” coach Amber Warners commented. “I don’t think we quite did that tonight but the good thing is that a win’s a win and we’ll keep moving forward.”
The first set saw both teams battle hard throughout the entirety with the Knights taking a firm lead later in the frame. Calvin’s largest lead came when they led 22-16. The Belles fought for a few more points before the Knights closed things out at 25-20 and a 1-0 advantage.
The second set again showed the tenacity of Saint Mary’s as the Belles took an early lead and then kept the score close as the set progressed. Calvin showed why it’s ranked in the top five in the nation though as they used a 6-0 run to cement the set, winning 25-18.
The third set started out with a scare as Saint Mary’s looked dominant early. The Belles led 16-11 midway through the set, but the Knights thundered back thereafter, using a 14-2 run to finish the set and get the overall sweep in its seventh win of the season.
“We’re going to take the things we need to refine and work on them tomorrow,” Warners said of the upcoming tournament this weekend. “and we’re going to come ready to play some great competition.”
Calvin volleyball is back on the court when they travel on September 17-18 to participate in the Wittenberg Border Battle Tournament.