No. 1 Volleyball Wrangles No. 6 CLU and Whitman in Texas

No. 1 Volleyball Wrangles No. 6 CLU and Whitman in Texas

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The No. 1 ranked Calvin volleyball team shined bright deep in the heart of Texas, this weekend. The Knights capped off an undefeated weekend with a 3-2 victory over the No. 6 Regals of California Lutheran and a 3-0 victory over Whitman. Calvin won the Trinity Invitational with a 4-0 record and picked up three victories over ranked teams. Junior Anna Kamp and senior Jenna Lodewyk were named to the All-Tournament Team, with Kamp claiming MVP honors.

"I am very happy with the results from today," said head coach Dr. Amber Warners. "We had some moments today where we had to show some resiliency when things weren't going the way we liked and they all stayed bought in worked through it. We are a better team today than we were yesterday."

The Knights started off the day in a battle of Division III heavyweights, with California Lutheran. With the first set tied at five, Calvin would string off the next four points, behind the serve of senior Jenna Lodewyk (Villa Park, Ill./Timothy Christian). The Regals would respond with a 10-2 run to take a 15-10 lead. The Knights would show some grit and won six of the next seven points. CLU would push the lead up to 21-17, before Calvin would chip the lead away to 24-23. Sophomore Keilahna Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville) tied the match with her third kill all-time at Calvin. An Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) kill gave the Knights the lead and a CLU attack error gave the Knights a 26-24 victory.

The Maroon and Gold slammed the foot on the acceleration pedal in set two, taking an early 9-2 lead. Leading 10-5, Calvin slammed the door shut with a 10-1 run and won the set, 25-13. The Knights had a .385 hitting percentage in the second set.

The Regals would respond with a 9-4 run to start the third set. Calvin would chip the lead away and tie the set at 15. Tied at 18, Cal Lu won the next three points and held onto the lead to win 25-22.

The serving of Keilahna Castillo gave the Regals problems in set four and pushed Calvin to a 6-0 lead. Cal Lu would not fold and would cut the Calvin lead to 10-9. Behind the serve of senior Emily Blankespoor (Grand Rapids, Mich./South Christian), Calvin would win the next five points. The Regals closed the set on an 11-4 run, to force a fifth set. Anna Kamp and Sarah DeVries both had five kills in the fourth set.

Trailing, 1-2, Calvin went on a 4-0 run with two service aces from Keilahna Castillo. After two CLU points, Calvin pushed the lead to 8-4. The Maroon and Gold closed the match on a 6-2 run to put away the Regals.

Anna Kamp and sophomore Ally Fea (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) both finished with career-high kills on Saturday, Kamp roped in 19 kills and Fea finished with 11. Freshman Sydney Segard (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) recorded her first career kill at Calvin against the Regals. Sophomore Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian) had a career-high six blocks and recorded a season-high 13 kills. Keilahna Castillo led all players with five service aces and 17 digs.

The Knights closed the Texas trip with a 3-0 victory over Whitman.

The first set was all Calvin. The Knights rode the serve of Keilahna Castillo to an early 9-0 lead. Calvin pushed the lead to 15 points at 19-4. Calvin closed the set on a 3-0 run to win 25-11.

Set two was tight until the very end. Trailing 10-11, the Knights would go on a 7-0 run with the help of the serve of Emily Blankespoor. Whitman would cut the Calvin lead to 24-22, but Anna Kamp put the set away with a kill.

Whitman started the third set with a 4-1 run. Calvin responded with a 10-2 run and would not look back. The Knights would finish the weekend taking the third set 25-19.

Anna Kamp finished the match with 16 kills. Jenna Lodewyk had a .571 hitting percentage and 26 assists. Emily Blankespoor led the Knights with 10 digs and three service aces.

The Knights return to action on Wednesday when they open MIAA play at home against Olivet.