Women’s Volleyball Rolls to Win Over Trine Thunder - Prepares For Showdown With Hope
Friday, September 10, 2010
(written by sports information student assistant Andrew Knot)
In their MIAA home opener, the eighth-ranked Calvin Knights served themselves a three-set victory over conference opponent Trine University on Friday night.
Strong serving and sound fundamental play led the Knights to a quick win.
The two squads opened the first set trading points until Calvin jumped out to a 10-6 lead, forcing a Trine timeout early on. Calvin continued to ride their wave of momentum before Thunder narrowed the deficit to 17-13. This was the closest Trine would come; however, Calvin quickly composed itself to take the first set 25-17.
Calvin took this impetus to the second set, opening with a 13-2 run, led by the serving of freshman Megan Rietema. This strong serving rendered the Thunder completely helpless on offense.
Erin VanderPlas closed out the set with a strong kill from the middle to earn the 24th point and a quick tip put-down on set point. The Knights cruised to a 25-9 victory.
The third set was slightly closer, but generally more of the same for the Knights.
After getting down 6-3 early in the set, Coach Amber Warners called a timeout and collected her team. From then on, the Knights didn’t look back, took a 12-9 lead to force a Trine timeout and then captured a 25-14 victory in the third set and their second win in MIAA competition.
“I thought we played very consistently,” commented Coach Warners.
“[Our serving] was the difference in the match. We totally took them out of their offense with our serving,” continued Coach Warners.
For Warners and her team, this successful serving effort was the product of a concentrated effort to improve that dimension of their game in practice.
Sophomore Lizzie Kamp said, “We work on tough consistent serves. Keeping them out of their system is one of the most important things in volleyball.”
“It’s nice to see our hard work in practice paying off,” said Warners.
Overall, Warners was impressed with the consistency she saw in her team.
“”We played very steady. That shows the emotional stability of the group,” she said.
Statistically, Kamp was a force on offense, with a .857 attacking percentage on six of seven hitting. Megan Rietema led the Knights with 24 assists and Kelly Peterson contributed 12 digs for the Knight’s cause.