Volleyball Rolls To 25-19, 25-19, 25-11 Win Over Trine
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
(Written by sports information student assistant Andrew Knot)
Led by a big-blocking defense and aggressive serving, the Knights of Calvin College found lightning in a bottle and handedly defeated the Trine University Thunder on Tuesday Oct. 20 in the Van Noord Arena.
Calvin swept the Thunder in three sets, a much more convincing result than the 5-set barnburner between the schools at Trine earlier in the season. Calvin also won that match.
In the first set, defense sparked the Knights. Calvin outblocked Trine 12 to 1.5 in the match. After rallying to a 13-9 lead in set one, Calvin forced a Trine timeout. The Knights came out of the huddle strong with sophomores Rebecca Kamp and Erin VanderPlas contributing blocks that helped Calvin create a six point deficit. Kamp concluded the set with some thunder of her own, slamming a kill through the block and giving Calvin a 25-19 victory in the first set.
“It’s always important to set the tone early. I thought we really shut them down on the front line,” said Coach Amber Warners.
But the Knights also got plenty of defense from the back. Senior libero Kelsey Sears led the Knights with 16 of the team’s 38 digs. In the second set, Calvin jumped out to a 9-3 lead and never looked back. VanderPlas contributed one of Calvin’s six aces on the day late in the set to solidify another 25-19 win.
The Knights extinguished any hopes of a Trine comeback in the third set, jumping out to a 10-0 margin early. Senior Katie Corbett served the Knights to that early lead, with two aces of her own. Calvin rolled to a 25-11 victory, taking the match in straight sets.
The victory propelled Calvin to a 10-1 MIAA record, and leaves Trine at 5-7 in conference.
Coach Warners looks for her team to find some consistent passion and fire in the remainder of the season.
“We are playing better and more consistent, but we still need to get that fire. When we can get that piece: Look out,” said Warners.