Volleyball Team Defeats Alma in Four Sets to Remain Unbeaten in MIAA Standings
Friday, September 25, 2009
After losing a disappointing first set to conference rival Alma Friday night, the Knights responded in a big way, taking the match in the next three sets and handing the Scots their third conference loss.
The victory advanced Calvin to an undefeated 5-0 record in the MIAA, and a 10-3 record overall.
Managing the Calvin attack was senior setter Nora Bruskewitz, who contributed 43 assists. Bruskewitz kept the Scot defense guessing, utilizing every facet of the Calvin offense. Five Knights had seven or more kills, sophomore Rebecca Kamp leading the way with 18.
But the match didn’t start out Calvin’s way. With a 23-18 lead late in the first set, the Knights conceded six straight points to the Scots. After a crucial Kamp kill tied the set at 24, the Knights dropped the next two points and lost set one by a score of 26-24.
Calvin rebounded in a big way in set two. Using some precision, offensive-minded serving, the Knights stormed back to handedly capture the second set 25-13. Senior libero Kelsey Sears propelled the Knights to an early lead from the serving line, and Kamp closed the game in similar fashion. Making a statement in set two, Calvin didn’t look back for the remainder of the match.
“Our serving really took them out of their offensive system. Aggressive serving is definitely a strength of our team,” said Coach Amber Warners.
After set three was deadlocked at seven early, the Knights broke it open. Senior Sara Kramer led the team with a .467 hitting percentage, and gave Calvin multiple clutch kills to halt any hopes of an Alma scoring run.
Set four followed the script from the prior two Set, with the Knights pulling ahead and capitalizing on a 25-18 victory to take the match. Early in the fourth set, the Knights displayed some flash from all sides of the ball with Sears diving past the ten-foot line for one of her 24 digs. Bruskewitz got a one-fisted set on the ball to right side hitter Kramer, who crushed an attack through the block for a kill.
Warners was also impressed with the intensity she saw from her team in the final three sets.
“I was really happy to see the heart and fire from our team in sets two, three, and four. That’s something that has been missing from our team this year,” she said.
The victory sets up a battle between Calvin and Hope, both undefeated in conference atop in MIAA on Saturday, Sept. 26. The rivals will clash in Holland with hopes of taking sole ownership of the conference driver’s seat.