Volleyball Team Bounces Back With Pair of Wins at Midwest Invitational
Saturday, October 13, 2012
By Jordan Brink
HOLLAND, MI – After splitting two matches Friday night at the Midwest Invitational hosted by Hope College, the Calvin women’s volleyball team bounced back and swept a pair of matches on Saturday. The Knights first defeated Dominican 3-1 by scores of 22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18 and then topped #17 Wisconsin-Whitewater 19-25, 25-22, 29-27, 25-17.
In the win over Dominican, Calvin was led by senior Lizzie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian) with 15 kills. Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian) added ten kills and sophomore Emily Crowe (Granger, IN/Mishawaka Penn) had nine of her own. Junior setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) dished out 49 assists in the four sets.
The Knights were fueled by the block in their second match against Wisconsin-Whitewater. Senior Rebecca Ratkov (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) had a huge game, assisting in seven blocks on top of her four kills. Junior Megan Rietema had 37 assists and six block assists, while senior Julia Hilbrands (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) had five kills and four block assists. Although Calvin only had 37 kills in the four sets, they scrapped their way to a come-from-behind win.
“We didn’t play our best volleyball today but we fought really hard and beat two very good teams,” Calvin head coach Amber Warners said. “We never really got into a flow throughout the day, but fortunately we battled and got two important wins.”
The Knights improved to (21-2, 11-0 MIAA) over the weekend. The Knights have now reached the 20-win plateau 18 consecutive years.
Calvin has a big week of MIAA action ahead of them as its travels to Alma College on Tuesday night and then face rival Hope College on Saturday afternoon.