Women’s Volleyball Finishes 4-0 at Midwest Challenge and in Second Place in Final MIAA Standings
Saturday, October 31, 2009
ST. MARY’S RECAP
(Written by Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot)
Calvin continued its undefeated run in the 2009 Midwest Challenge with a three-set dominating performance over the St. Mary’s Belles on Saturday in the Van Noord Arena.
The Knights finished off the Belles 25-13, 25-4, 25-8, rarely conceding a lead with suffocating serving runs and dominance at the net.
Freshman Lizzie Kamp started out the first set hot, with three early kills setting the tone for the rest of the match. The Knights utilized their severe height advantage all match, totaling 41 kills to the Belles’ 17. Calvin also outblocked Saint Mary’s 7-0. Calvin remained very efficient at the net as well, recording a .396 hitting percentage in the match.
Calvin began the second game on a 10-0 with Freshman Jen Pluymert leading the Knights with her serve. After mounting that early lead, Senior Katie Corbett went on a serving run of her own, pushing Calvin towards an eventual 25-4 rout in the second set.
The third set consisted of more of the same for the Knights. Calvin stormed out of the gate to another early lead and never looked back. Sophomore Rebecca Kamp closed out the match with one of her three aces on the day, granting Calvin a 25-8 victory.
Senior Nora Bruskewitz handled all setting duties, with 37 assists, and Senior libero Kelsey Sears led the Knights in the back row with 19 of Calvin’s 58 digs.
The victory keeps Calvin undefeated in the Midwest Challenge with a 3-0 record. They are scheduled to take on Hanover later in the day.
Coach Amber Warners saw a steady intensity from her team on the match.
“We had consistency, a quiet intensity, but we were also having fun. Our defense and serving was solid, which allows everything to come together,” said Warners.
(written by sports information student assistant Derek Neice)
In what would be a victorious weekend of volleyball for Calvin, the Knights came out strong in their fourth and final match of the 2009 Midwest Challenge, defeating the Panthers of Hanover College in three sets.
Coach Amber Warners had talked recently about wanting to see more fire and intensity out of her team early in matches, and that’s exactly what she saw Saturday.
“I was really happy all weekend with how we played relaxed and we got intense with a lot of passion,” Warners said, “I was really happy with the consistency all the way through.”
In the first set, the Knights took control with a 5-0 start and they never looked back, finishing the set on a 7-0 run and a 25-5 Calvin win.
The second set did not get much better for the Panthers, as they gave up the early lead again with the Knights jumping out to a 3-0 lead right away. Hanover did manage to put some points on the board, but after a Panther timeout with a 16-7 Calvin lead, the Knights again brought their A-game, finishing that set on a 9-1 run, 25-8 overall.
With the Knights up by a comfortable margin, the Panthers made a push to take the third set, a frame that Calvin would only take by four points, 25-21. A Hanover timeout saw Calvin up 15-10, but the Panthers came out firing after the small pause, closing the gap to 20-19. But the Knights would not be fazed, as they took five of the next seven points to close the set, the match, and the tournament.
The Kamp sisters (Orland Park, IL) led all Calvin hitters in kills with freshman Lizzie leading the way with 10 and Rebecca with 9. Senior setter Nora Bruskewitz (Milwaukee, WI) finished the match with 33 assists and freshman defensive specialist Jen Pluymert (Grand Rapids, MI) had a team high 8 digs.
The win over Hanover pushed Calvin’s overall record to 24-6, with a conference record of 14-2. The match would also conclude regular season play for the Knights, who now look to the MIAA Tournament and a first round matchup against St. Mary’s.
Coach Warners’ game plan for postseason play was simple, and could prove quite effective.
Said Warners, “We’re going to take one point at a time and one point only, and try to win each and every one.”
Calvin’s next match against St. Mary’s in the First Round of the MIAA Tournament will take place on November 3rd with the Knights hosting the match at 7:00 p.m. at the Van Noord Arena.
MIAA TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS FOR NOVEMBER 3
#8 Olivet at #1 Hope, 7 p.m.
#7 Saint Mary’s at #2 Calvin, 7 p.m.
#6 Kalamazoo at #3 Alma, 7 p.m.
#5 Trine at #4 Albion, 7 p.m.