Volleyball Rolls To Win at Albion - Remains Tied for MIAA Lead
Friday, October 22, 2010
(written by sports information student assistant Mitch Blankespoor
ALBION, MI - The Calvin College Knights Women’s Volleyball Team came to Albion College looking to keep but a single blemish on their conference record for the season. The Albion Britons put up little resistance as Calvin defeated them in straight sets 25-17, 25-10, 25-9 in a match that lasted only 51 minutes.
Calvin started out a little shaky as it held the lead only 6-4 in the opening point. Then the Knights unleashed their snipers. Winning 15 of the next 19 points, Calvin held a 21-11 lead and cruised to a first set victory. The second set was more of the same. Calvin went up 17-5 by stringing a couple of points together off of the services of Lizzie Kamp (Orland Park, Chicago Christian) and Kim Start (Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Christian). The Knights lost the next two points, and then went on an 8-3 run ending the second set. The Britons lone lead came at 2-0 in the third set. Calvin then won 10 of the next 11 points behind a long service run from Jen Pluymert (Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Christian). The Knights didn’t look back, winning the third set and the match.
“I thought we played very consistent and steady. That’s not always an easy thing to do when you are expected to win” head coach Amber Warners added after the match.
Rebecca Kamp (Orland Park, Chicago Christian) led the Knights in kills with 19 and boasted a .667 hitting percentage. Lizzie Kamp and Renee DeHaan (Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Christian) helped out with eight kills each. Albion was led by Haley Plasman with six kills, and Alexis Brumm added four. Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Christian) dished out 23 assist while Carolyn Nelson (Milan, Milan) played the third set dishing out 10 assists. Caryn Miller had 14 assists for the Britons.
The real story was the block for Calvin. The Knights had eight total team blocks to Albion’s five. Calvin hit .337 as a team while the Knights held the Britons to -.054 hitting percentage.
“Blocking is obviously a strength of our team. We have the top three blockers in the MIAA. When we are on, it makes the back row’s job much easier” Warners said.
This win improves Calvin to 21-3 on the year, 12-1 in the MIAA. Calvin returns to action Saturday when it faces the Olivet Comets at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena.