CHICAGO, Ill. – The Calvin volleyball team improved to 3-0 on the season with a 3-0 victory over Chicago at the University of Chicago Gargoyle Classic. The Knights downed the Maroons, 25-11, 25-9 and 25-22. Calvin won all three matches at the Gargoyle Classic with victories over Millikin and Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Friday.
"We came out with a lot of intensity," said head coach Amber Warners. "We played with a steadiness throughout the whole match that we didn't see yesterday. I am very happy with our defense and serving."
The Knights jumped on the Maroons early on Saturday, starting the match on a 9-1 run. At the 10-4 mark of the first set, Calvin would go on a 3-0 run and would not let the Maroons get closer than eight points the rest of the set and would take the set, 25-11. The Knights would hit.469 in the first set, led by junior Tessa Van Laare (Toronto, Ontario/Toronto District Christian) with five kills.
Calvin would take an early lead again in set two against Chicago. Leading 6-4, the Knights would extend the lead behind the serve of sophomore Keilahna Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville) and two aces to take an 11-4 lead. Calvin would not look back and would take the second set, 25-9.
The third set would be the closest of the three on Saturday. The Knights would get some separation while leading 11-9, with a 4-0 run, to take a 15-9 lead. Calvin would push the lead to 24-18 when Chicago would go on a 4-0 run to cut the Calvin lead to 24-22. Senior Laura Danhoff (Willard, Ohio/Willard) would close the door on the match with a kill from junior Jenna Lodewyk (Villa Park, Ill./Timothy Christian).
Sophomore Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) and Tessa Van Laare had a game-high 11 kills. Junior Kristen Vyletel (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and Keilahna Castillo both tallied four aces in the victory. Freshman Abby Gorter (Woodbury, Minn./New Life Academy) recorded her first kill at Calvin and junior Megan Van Solkema (Escondido, Calif./Calvin Christian) recorded her first kill since 2014. Freshman Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian) led the Knights with 1.5 blocks. Laura Danhoff tied her career high in digs with nine. Jenna Lodewyk had a game-high 32 assists.
The Knights return to action on Wednesday as the face MIAA foe Albion. The game has been moved to Van Noord Arena at Calvin due to safety concerns for the student-athletes with the temperature rising in the state of Michigan.