Volleyball Team Completes Perfect MIAA Regular Season - Will Host Trine in MIAA Tournament Semis
Saturday, October 29, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
The Knights completed a perfect regular season with a three-set sweep of Adrian on Saturday.
The first set was never in doubt as Knights (29-0 overall, 16-0 MIAA) opened up an early 11-2 lead, with Rebecca Kamp recording four kills in the first 13 points. Late in the set, Ellie Diepersloot earned a kill to give Calvin a 20-5 lead. Rebecca Ratkov followed that up with a kill and Julia Hilbrands closed out the set with a short roll shot to win the set for the Knights by a final score of 25-7.
In the second set, Calvin opened up another early lead. Renee DeHaan and Hilbrands combined for a team block to give the Knights an early 10-5 lead. Erin VanderPlas knocked a kill on the back line to increase Calvin’s lead to 18-8. Emily Crowe then banged a kill off the block for a kill and Morgan Hahn answered with a similar kill to put the Knights up 21-9. DeHaan closed out the set with a kill up the middle to give Calvin a 25-12 victory.
The final set proved to be more competitive. Ratkov and Megan Rietema connected on a quick up the middle to give Calvin an 11-6 lead but the Bulldogs closed the score to 12-10. Ratkov and Stacey Kamp answered defensively with a block on the outside to once again increase Calvin’s lead. Rebecca Kamp then ran a slide and crushed a kill cross court to put the Knights on top 16-12. Late in the set, Rietema tipped with her off hand to put the Knights within three points of taking the match and Calvin closed out the set the 25-18 victor.
Rebecca Kamp finished with 14 kills while Lizzie Kamp had nine kills. Megan Rietema had 41 assists and Kelly Gordon 11 digs.
“We got everyone playing time and didn’t let up at all,” said Coach Amber Warners after the game, her team’s last of the regular season.
“We are starting to focus on peaking at the right time,” she added as her team enters postseason play.
The Knights will play for a spot in the MIAA championship game next Friday when it hosts Trine University in the second semifinal match at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. Hope will face Alma in the first semifinal at 5:30 p.m. with the Calvin/Trine match set for approximately 7:30 p.m.