GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The No. 1 ranked Calvin volleyball team finished regular season play with a perfect 26-0 record on Saturday afternoon. The Knights made quick work of the Comets with a 3-0 victory. The Knights finished the MIAA season with a 16-0 record. Calvin defeated Olivet on Saturday, 25-12, 25-14, 25-14. Olivet finishes the season at 13-16 and 4-12 in the MIAA, in seventh place. This is the 10th time in program history that the Knights have gone undefeated in MIAA play.
"I am happy with how we played today," said head coach Amber Warners. "It is never easy to bounce back so quickly after a big match like that last night. We now have to prepare for the MIAA Tournament."
The Knights jumped on the Comets early in the first set, leading 4-3, Calvin went on a 5-0 run behind the serve of junior Jenna Lodewyk (Villa Park, Ill./Timothy Christian). The Knights put the set out of reach at the 16-8 mark with a 5-0 run. Calvin would take the set, 25-12. Freshman Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian) had four kills in the first set and sophomore Jessica Jackson (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Prep.) had a career-high three kills in the first set.
After a pair of kills from senior Laura Danhoff (Willard, Ohio/Willard) gave Calvin a 3-0 lead in the second set, the Comets tied the set at three. It would be all Calvin from there, the Knights would have two 4-0 runs to take a 12-5 lead. The Maroon and Gold would close the set on a 3-0 run, to win, 25-14. Laura Danhoff finished the set with five kills, one ace, one dig and a block. Freshman Abby Gorter (Woodbury, Minn./New Life Academy) had a career-high two kills in the set.
The serve of junior Emily Blankespoor (Grand Rapids, Mich./South Christian) proved to be too much for the Comets and gave Calvin an 8-1 lead. The closest the Comets would get would be five points, at the 18-13 mark. Calvin closed the set on a 7-1 run to win, 25-14.
Laura Danhoff finished with a match-high 10 kills, while Sarah DeVries hit .700 on Saturday. Jenna Lodewyk notched 26 assists and sophomore Keilahna Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville) led the Knights with 12 digs. Sophomore Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) and Laura Danhoff both recorded two blocks.
The Knights will host Adrian on Friday evening at the MIAA Tournament.