GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin volleyball team opened MIAA action with a convincing 3-0 victory over Olivet on Wednesday evening. The victory moves Calvin to 5-0 on the year. The Comets fall to 0-5 in 2017 and 0-1 in the MIAA. Calvin has now won 45-straight MIAA matches. Calvin is now 81-2 all-time against Olivet.
"I am very proud of the team," said head coach Amber Warners. "It was nice to finally play at home in front of our fans. I am happy with how we responded and we will have to get ready for Friday."
The Knights and Comets started the first set exchanging the lead. Leading 12-11, Calvin would break the set open with a 12-1 run. A pair of kills from junior Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) and a successful set-ending attack from senior Jenna Lodewyk (Villa Park, Ill./Timothy Christian) helped the Knights close out Olivet, 25-12. The Maroon and Gold hit .500 in the first set.
Calvin jumped out to an early 9-2 lead in set two. Anna Kamp had five kills in the Calvin run. The serve of senior Emily Blankespoor (Grand Rapids, Mich./South Christian) was too much for the Comets, as the Knights rang off eight-straight points to give Calvin a 24-8 lead. The Maroon and Gold took the set 25-10 with an Olivet serving error to close the set. Anna Kamp had 10 kills in the second set.
The Maroon and Gold took an early lead in set three and did not give it up. Leading 9-5, the serve of sophomore Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian) pushed the Calvin lead up to 16-5. DeVries tallied two service aces in the run and three in the set, including the final point of the match.
Anna Kamp led all players with 17 kills. The Knights hit a season-high .333 on Wednesday with Sarah DeVries posting a .566 hitting percentage with six kills, sophomore Ally Fea (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) hitting .600, with seven kills, and senior Tessa Van Laare (Toronto, Ont./Toronto District Christian) finishing at .833 and five kills. Sophomore Abby Gorter (Woodbury, Minn./New Life Academy) had two kills on Wednesday, tying her career high. Ally Fea and freshman Sydney Segard (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) were a force at the net finishing with three and four blocks respectively. Jenna Lodewyk led the Knights with 10 digs and 32 assists. Emily Blankespoor and Sarah DeVries both tallied four service aces.
Calvin resumes MIAA action on Friday at Adrian.