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Volleyball Rolls in Three Against Visiting Olivet

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

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GRAND RAPIDS— Carrying momentum from Friday’s upset win at Hope, Calvin rolled against Olivet in three games Tuesday night 25-13, 25-7 and 26-24. Calvin remains in second place in the MIAA standings with an 11-2 record and improves to 17-4 overall.

“We talked in the pregame about how we cannot let whoever we’re facing affect how we play,” said coach Amber Warners. “I thought with the exception of a few points in the beginning we really were pretty intense for not having not a lot of tough (hits) come back at us.”

The 16th ranked Knights opened up a 13-5 run in game one behind Jessica Garlick’s (Portage/Kalamazoo Christian) four kills. Garlick finished with five.

Calvin didn’t let up in set two either getting both Rebecca Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian) and Kim Wigboldy (Chandler, AZ/Chandler Valley Christian) involved.

Calvin lost focus in set three. After holding a seven point lead most of the set, Olivet tied the game at 22. The Knights held on and won on one of Kamp’s set-high three blocks.

“I thought Olivet all of the sudden picked it up in the third set and started doing better,” said Warners. “We panicked a little bit, but we held tough.”

“It was good to play steady and to play our game no matter who we are playing,” said Kamp. “We know that we can’t underestimate any team; we have to respect every team we play. They showed in the third game that they can be really scrappy and I give them credit.”

Kamp led the Knights in kills with 12 and blocks. She leads the nation in kills per set and is in the top ten in hitting percentage. Tuesday afternoon she was named AVCA DIII Player of the week for her stellar performance against Hope Friday night in which she amassed 25 kills. A freshman, Kamp received the award for the second time this season.

“I was kind of surprised,” said Kamp. “It’s really exciting; it’s a great honor. It’s great to be part of a great team because without the pass and the set, I couldn’t do anything.”

“I think if anybody watches Becca play they’re impressed by everything she does- back row and front row,” said Warners. “But the thing I’m most impressed with is her demeanor on the court in every match.

“To go into a hostile environment like we did last week at Hope and for her to just dominate, it was really neat to see. She doesn’t come off as a scared freshman; she comes off as a veteran senior who is going to prove to everybody that she’s not only good enough to be out there, but can be pretty impressive too.”

Kamp is one of several underclassmen to consistently contribute to Calvin.

“The neat thing is we have fourteen players out of fourteen players that really could be in the lineup,” said Warners. “We have a lot of depth and that’s an asset for us. We’re just trying to get it where we can peak near the end.”

Wigboldy was second on the team with nine kills, while Renee DeHaan (Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Christian) added six kills. Lauren DeGroot (Tulare, CA/Central Valley Christian) led with a match-high 18 set-assists, while Carolyn Nelson (Milan/Milan) added 15 set-assists playing in set three. The one-set total gave Nelson an impressive assists-per-set average of 15.0 assists-per-set, marking a season-best accomplishment.  Kelsey Sears (Traverse City/Traverse City West) had a game-high 18 digs and DeGroot had ten digs. Calvin as a team had 43 kills to Olivet’s 14 kills.

Calvin will fly to Arizona this weekend for a break from the MIAA schedule. The Knights will play Southwestern College and Embry-Riddle in Prescott, Arizona. The Knights return to MIAA action October 29 when they host Albion at 6:30 p.m.

Post Match Interview With Amber Warners: Amber Warners Interview

Post Match Interview With Rebecca Kamp:  Rebecca Kamp Interview

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