Volleyball Sweeps Hope in Three Sets at Van Noord Arena in Showdown for First Place
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
(written by sports information student assistant Andrew Knot)
The Knights extended their undefeated season with a three-set sweep over Hope. Calvin took the match by scores of 26-24, 25-20, 25-16.
In the first set, Calvin took an early lead only to see the Dutch claw back and capture a late lead. With freshman Jenna Grasmeyer at the service line, the Dutch winnowed into Calvin’s lead and eventually took a 20-18 advantage after consecutive kills from junior Nicole George and junior Jessica Maier. Hope then extended its lead to 24-21. Senior Rebecca Kamp countered with a kill for the Knights, a combo block with sophomore Megan Rietema, and a stifling slam of an overpass to tie the score at 24. Sophomore Kristi Zietse then gave the Knights the advantage with a clean ace and the Knights took set point after a block from sophomore Megan Korber and Rebecca Kamp forced the final point Calvin’s way.
With the momentum firmly on their side, the Knights jumped out to an 11-7 lead in the second set and forced a timeout from Hope’s Coach Becky Schmidt. Calvin extended its lead to 16-12 off a Rebecca Kamp kill but Hope sophomore Courtney Earles responded with a slide kill to cut the Knights’ lead to 18-16. Senior Erin VanderPlas elevated to pound a kill cross court and give the Knights a 20-16 advantage. On set point, Senior Renee DeHaan knocked a kill off the block, along the tape and down to take the second set for the Knights.
In the third and final set, Calvin took another early lead. Lizzie Kamp caught fire in the middle of the set, swinging hard cross court then line on consecutive kills to give the Knights a 17-10 lead. Rebecca followed that with a kill of her own and Calvin took the lead to 24-16 before Hope sophomore Mari Schoolmaster concluded the match with service error.
Calvin Coach Amber Warners called serve receive “the difference in the match.”
“We served aggressively and our passing got better each game,” she said.
Lizzie Kamp led the Knights with 13 kills, Rebecca Kamp added 10 and VanderPlas had eight. Rietema dished out 32 assists among six different attackers, effectively keeping the Hope defense on its heels.
“We like to spread out the ball a lot,” said Rietema.
For Rebecca Kamp, the match was an opportunity for the Knights to prove their capabilities against their rival, something they failed to do on more than one occasion last season.
“We finally did what we knew what we could do and played the way we know we can play,” she said.
With the win, Calvin improved its record to 15-0 and 7-0 in conference. The loss dropped Hope to 12-2 overall and 5-1 in the MIAA.
Calvin travels to Adrian next Tuesday.