Women’s Volleyball Falls in MIAA Showdown at Hope
Saturday, September 26, 2009
(written by Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant Mitch Blankespoor)
HOLLAND—The 10th ranked Calvin volleyball team traveled to the DeVos Fieldhouse to take on 8th ranked Hope College. The rankings proved correct, as Hope defeated Calvin in three sets 25-22, 25-15, 25-18. Hope took an early 20-11 lead in the first set only to see Calvin make a huge comeback. This comeback, however, fell just short as Hope took the first set. Calvin never really recovered. The Knights did, however, hold the lead in the second set 7-6. That was the last lead they had.
Hope beat Calvin with a steady offensive attack. Jacie Fielder and Kara VandeGuchte had 10 kills for the Dutch, while Cassidy Bulthuis and Teresa Borst added 8 kills. Hope as a team totaled 44 kills. Calvin totaled 27 kills with sophomore middle hitter Rebecca Kamp leading Calvin with 8 kills.
Hope held a big edge in kill percentage hitting .233 as a team to the Knight’s .088. Senior setter Andrea Helminiak led the Dutch with 36 assists while fellow senior setter Nora Bruskewitz led Calvin with 23 assists. Both teams had 7 blocks, but Hope led the contest in digs with 60 to Calvin’s 48.
When asked about the game, head coach Amber Warners replied, “Hope was the better team. We did not play well. I don’t want to take any credit away from Hope. The better team won today.”
While Calvin is 2-0 in their new home, VanNoord Arena, they have struggled on the road this season, posting an 8-4 record. “ This has been an ongoing thing for us this season. It doesn’t matter who we play whether it’s Hope or it’s someone we are less familiar with. We just put too much pressure on ourselves. We can control this issue ourselves. That is a good thing,” Warners said.
This match started a four-match road “trip” for the Knights. They will travel to Olivet next Wednesday. After that, they travel to Saint Mary’s on October 6 and go to Albion on the 9th.