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Women’s Basketball Ranked 19th in WDIII News Pre-Season Poll - Verkaik Named Pre-Season All-American

Thursday, October 07, 2010

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The Calvin women’s basketball team is ranked 19th in the pre-season Top 25 poll released by Women’s Division III News. A year ago, Calvin finished 24-5 overall and advanced to the NCAA III Tournament. The Knights return 2010 MIAA MVP Carissa Verkaik who heads into her sophomore season.

A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik has been named a pre-season All-American by Women’s Division III News. Verkaik averaged 18.1 points and 9.4 rebounds a game during her freshman campaign.

The Calvin women’s basketball team will open its season on November 16 when it hosts Manchester College at Van Noord Arena. Calvin will face two teams during the season ranked in the WDIII News pre-season Top 25 poll. MIAA rival Hope is ranked second. Calvin will face Hope January 18 (Grand Rapids) and February 5 (Holland). Calvin will also face 18th-ranked Carthage (WI) in a non-conference game at Calvin on December 8.

Calvin will also face two players receiving All-America recognition from WDIII News as Carthage junior Diana Jacklin is a pre-season honorable mention All-America selection while Hope senior Carrie Snikkers is not only a pre-season All-America choice, but the pre-season Player of the Year choice by WDIII News.

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