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First-Year Head Calvin Women’s Tennis Coach Kevin Van Haitsma Receives Prestigious Award

Friday, February 28, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

When the women’s tennis coaching position opened up last spring, 2005 Calvin graduate Kevin Van Haitsma was eager for the opportunity to return to Calvin as a tennis coach. An assistant for four years from 2006-09, Van Haitsma enjoyed coaching at the collegiate level before his professional teaching became too time consuming. Now in his first year as the Calvin women’s tennis coach, Van Haitsma recently received a prestigious award named the Michigan Member of the Year by the Professional Tennis Registry. Van Haitsma traveled down to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, to receive the award at the PTR Headquarters. The board of the PTR votes on the award, selecting the candidate they find has done the most to influence tennis in the state.

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Calvin Women’s Basketball Upsets #18 Olivet 80-76 in MIAA Tournament - Travels to Hope for Finals

Thursday, February 27, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

The Calvin women’s basketball team traveled to Olivet on Thursday night for an MIAA Tournament semifinal contest. The Knights faced a win-or-go-home scenario against the Comets, an opponent that swept the regular season series from Calvin by scores of 77-73 and 82-67. Despite twice falling to Olivet, it was the Knights that came out on top when it mattered most, as 27 points and 14 rebounds from junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) paced Calvin en route to a hard-fought 80-76 victory. Senior Kayla Engelhard added 16 points while junior Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) and freshman Anna Timmer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) each scored 10. The win sends Calvin into the MIAA Tournament final on Saturday which will be hosted by Hope. Saturday’s final will be played at 7:30 p.m. at the DeVos Fieldhouse, following the 3 p.m. men’s tournament final, also between Calvin and Hope.

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Tickets for Calvin at Hope MIAA Tournament Men’s Basketball Game on Sale at Calvin CFAC Box Office

Thursday, February 27, 2014

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Tickets for the Calvin at Hope men’s basketball game on Saturday are currently on sale at Calvin’s Covenant Fine Arts Center Box Office. Walk up and phone orders only (616-526-6282).  No on-line sales.  Sales here will end at noon on Friday.  Tickets for Faculty and Staff are $5.00 with a maximum of 2 tickets per ID and a maximum of 2 ID’s.  Additional tickets may be purchased at the full ticket price of $7.00. Calvin students may obtain 1 FREE ticket per student ID, with a maximum of 2 student ID’s per person until noon on Friday, after which time tickets will be $5.00 while supplies last.

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Calvin Men’s Swimming and Diving Sending Six to NCAA III Championships

Thursday, February 27, 2014

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The Calvin men’s swimming and diving team will send six individuals to the upcoming NCAA III Championships in Indianapolis while the Calvin women’s team still has a chance to send two of its members. Representing the Calvin men’s team will be senior Andrew Mitchell (Iron Mountain/Kingsford HS), junior Alex Baumann (Holland/Holland Christian HS), sophomores Aaron Venema (Grand Haven/Grand Haven HS), Mitch Schroder (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Johnson Cochran (Mount Vernon, OH/Mount Vernon HS) and freshman Brett Stoughton (Centerville, IN/Centerville HS). Calvin will compete in all five relays as the members of its 400 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay team made the final qualification cut. Calvin also achieved conditional qualifying times in the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay and will be able to swim as optional entries in those three events. Venema, Mitchell, Cochran and Stoughton will also compete in a plethora of individual events. The Calvin women’s team will have two of its divers competing at an NCAA III qualifying regional meet this Friday and Saturday at Denison University. Competing for Calvin at the regional in Granville, Ohio, will be junior Rebecca Mumby (Spring Lake/Spring Lake HS) and sophomore Lizz Roth (Brighton/Brighton HS). Roth will be competing at the regional competition for the second straight year.

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Calvin C’ Club to Host Spring Sports Breakfast on March 4 at Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex

Thursday, February 27, 2014

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Calvin C' Club Website

Join the C Club for the annual Spring Sports Breakfast on Tuesday, March 4, in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse upper lobby to hear from winter and spring coaches about their teams and prospects for the future. The Knight Way Café will be open at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast specials and the program will begin at 8 a.m. Show your support for the Knights and come hear the latest Knight News!

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Men’s Basketball Defeats Albion 64-55 in MIAA Tournament - Sets Up Third Meeting With Hope

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

The Calvin men’s basketball team matched up against Albion College for the second time in five days on Wednesday evening at Van Noord Arena. Wednesday’s game at Van Noord Arena turned out to be a little closer than Saturday, but the result was the same as the Knights earned a 64-55 win. Hope faced Trine in the other tournament semifinal on Wednesday inside DeVos Fieldhouse, where the Flying Dutchmen came out on top 65-62 in overtime. Calvin will travel to Hope on Saturday for the MIAA Tournament Championship game at 3 p.m. Jordan Brink led the Knights on offense with 21 points, six assists and five rebounds while Tyler Kruis added 18 points and five boards. Brink connected on a pair of three-pointers in the win to move past Kevin Broene and into 10th place on the Calvin career three-point field goal list. Saturday’s game against the Flying Dutchmen marks the tenth straight year Calvin and Hope have met in the MIAA tournament, and the eighth time in the tournament final in that ten year span.

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Women’s Lacrosse Set to Launch 2014 Season

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Blake Boehm Preseason Audio Interview

The Calvin women’s lacrosse team is set to open its season on Saturday at Otterbein University. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. A year ago, Calvin completed its inaugural MIAA campaign, finishing 4-12 overall and tied for fourth in the MIAA with a 2-4 conference record. Calvin returns 12 letterwinners from last year’s team and welcomes in seven newcomers. Leading the list of returning players are captains Mary Hoogstra (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Karissa Reed (Greenville/Greenville HS) and Michelle Holwerda (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS). A year ago, Hoogstra was named to the All-MIAA second team as a defender. Holwerda is the top returning player on offense, having garnered 15 goals, five assists and 20 points in 2013. In the preseason MIAA coaches’ poll, Calvin was picked to finish fifth in the league standings. The MIAA will feature a nine-team league in women’s lacrosse for the first time this spring as Kalamazoo and Saint Mary’s now have varsity programs. Calvin’s opening MIAA game is slated for April 2 when the Knights host Hope at 4 p.m.

2014 Team Roster

2014 Calvin Women’s Lacrosse Schedule

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Calvin Softball Picked to Finish Sixth in MIAA Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Monday, February 24, 2014

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Calvin Softball Coach Tim Syrek Preseason Audio Interview

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Calvin women’s softball team has been picked to finish sixth in the MIAA preseason coaches’ poll released earlier today. Defending champion Trine has been installed as the preseason favorite to repeat as league champion, receiving eight first place votes. Alma, which was picked to finish second, received the other first-place vote. Coaches could not vote for their own team. Calvin is under the direction of first-year head coach Tim Syrek. The Knights return 11 letterwinners from a team that finished 17-13 overall last year and 8-8 in the league which was good for sixth place. Calvin is scheduled to open its season March 14 when it travels to Madonna for a doubleheader.
MIAA Preseason Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Trine (8) 9 pts. 2. Alma (1) 19. 3. Hope 23. 4. Adrian 25. 5. Saint Mary’s 38. 6. Calvin 41. 7. Kalamazoo 52. 8. Olivet 54. 9. Albion 63.

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Breanna Verkaik Named MIAA Co-Player of Week in Women’s Basketball

Monday, February 24, 2014

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Olivet guard Kelsey Campbell and Calvin forward Breanna Verkaik its Players of the Week in women’s basketball for games played through February 22. Verkaik, a sophomore from Holland (Holland Christian HS), averaged 17.5 points per game in leading the Knights to two MIAA victories. She had 12 points and four assists in an 82-55 win over Adrian. She then followed with 23 points, five rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals while playing only 22 minutes as Calvin defeated Kalamazoo, 72-57. Verkaik, who is being honored as Player of the Week for the second time this season and in her career, shot 57 percent from the field (12 of 21), 44 percent on 3-point shots (4 of 9) and 78 percent from the line (7 of 9) for the week. Calvin will travel to Olivet on Thursday for an MIAA Tournament semifinal game slated for 7:30 p.m.

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Women’s Tennis Defeated by Coe College and Wheaton on Weekend Swing

Sunday, February 23, 2014

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WHEATON, IL – The Calvin women’s tennis team dropped an 8-1 decision to regionally-ranked Coe College of Iowa on Saturday to dip to 1-2 on the year. On Friday, Calvin dropped a 9-0 decision to regionally-ranked Wheaton College of Illinois. Calvin’s lone point in the loss to Coe came at number-four singles as freshman Ellie Benzel (San Dimas, CA/San Dimas HS) as she claimed a hard-fought 6-3, 2-6, 10-8 win over Diannah Watson. Calvin returns to action next Friday when it hosts Aquinas in a non-conference dual match.

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