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Volleyball Players Receive All-American Honors

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

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Two members of Calvin’s nationally-ranked women’s volleyball team have been named Division III All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Calvin senior Molly Krikke has been named a second team All-American by the AVCA while senior teammate Katie Zondervan has been named a third team All-American.

In addition, Calvin senior Kristen Kalb and junior Lauren DeGroot have been cited as honorable mention All-Americans by the AVCA.

The awards will be presented Nov. 14, 2007, at the NCAA Division III Women’s National Championship banquet in Bloomington, Ill., where the 2007 Division III AVCA Player of the Year will be announced.

It marks the second straight year that Calvin has had members of its team named to the All-America first, second or third teams and it marks the third time that two Calvin players have been so honored in the same year. Julie Dykstra, Leah Calsbeek and Roxanne Helmus all received All-America accolades in 1986 while Kristen Kalb and Molly Krikke were named All-Americans in 2006.
Krikke hails from the state of Ohio. She is from the town of Greenwich and is a graduate of South Central High School. Krikke was also a second team All-American in 2007. A middle-hitter, the 5-11 Krikke averaged 4.79 kills and 1.15 blocks-per-game this fall while recording a team-leading .319 attack percentage. Last week, Krikke was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player and was named to the All-MIAA first team for the second straight year.
Zondervan is from Lakewood, California. She is a graduate of Valley Christian High School. A setter, Zondervan averaged 13.79 assists-per-game and was ranked second nationally in that category heading into NCAA III Tournament play last week. She also averaged 3.20 digs-per-game and amassed 35 service aces. Zondervan is Calvin’s career leader in assists (6,498) and is also the Calvin single-season record holder (1,568). In addition, she holds the Calvin single-match record for service aces (12). This year, Zondervan chalked up 35 service aces. Zondervan was recently named to the All-MIAA first team for the fourth straight year. She is one of only five players in MIAA women’s volleyball history to achieve the feat four straight years.

Kalb is an outside hitter from Stow, Ohio. She is a graduate of Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Kalb averaged 4.46 kills and 3.19 digs-per-game this year along with an attack percentage of .243. She was credited with 35 service aces and 25 blocks during the year. Kalb is Calvin’s career record holder in kills with 1,934 kills. Her career average for kills-per-game was 3.70. A two-time first team All-MIAA selection, Kalb was named the MIAA’s MVP in 2006 as well as a first team AVCA All-American. A standout student, she was also recently named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV third team.

DeGroot is from Tulare, California. A graduate of Central Valley Christian High School, DeGroot averaged a team-leading 5.52 digs-per-game from her libero spot in the back row. She was also credited with 29 service aces and recorded a reception percentage of .944.

Under the direction of head coach Amber Warners, Calvin recently concluded its season with a 30-5 overall record after falling in the second round of the NCAA III Tournament to sixth-ranked Carthage. In finishing 30-5, Calvin reached the 30-win plateau for the third straight year and for the ninth time in school history.
                     
The complete Division III AVCA All-America list can be found on the AVCA web site at: http://www.avca.org/collegiate/DIIIawards/07DIIIAA.pdf

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