ADRIAN, Mich. – The Knights were pushed by the Bulldogs on Friday night but responded with a 3-1 victory. The victory sends Calvin to 6-0 on the year and 2-0 in MIAA action. Adrian falls to 1-5 in 2017 and 1-1 in the MIAA.
"Tonight was a hard-fought victory," said head coach Dr. Amber Warners. "You have to bring your best every night in the MIAA. It was a battle the entire night. We now have to focus on Saint Mary's."
The Knights opened the match on an early 4-1 run, with a pair of kills from junior Anna Kamp (Orland, Park, Ill./Chicago Christian). The Bulldogs would come back and take a 7-6 lead. Adrian would go on and push the lead up to 16-11. The Knights would grind away at the Bulldog lead and take the set back at 20-19. After four ties, Calvin took the lead at 25-24 with a kill from senior Tessa Van Laare (Toronto, Ont./Toronto District Christian). A Bulldog attacking error would give Calvin the set, 26-24. The Knights had a hitting percentage of .353 in the first set.
Set two was tight from start to finish; the two teams had six ties to start the set. The Bulldogs got some separation with a 7-1 run. Calvin would once again fightback and take the lead at 18-15 with a 9-1 run. Extra points were needed again in set two and the Bulldogs would take the set, 27-25.
The Knights would respond with a 7-1 run to start the third set. The Maroon and Gold started off with three service aces, with two from senior Emily Blankespoor (Grand Rapids, Mich./South Christian). Calvin controlled the set and pushed the lead to 10 points at 18-8. A kill from senior Jenna Lodewyk snapped a three-point skid to make it a 19-11 lead. Tessa Van Laare closed the door in third on the Bulldogs at 25-21.
After starting the set in a 3-0 hole, the Knights rung-off three-straight points to take a 5-4 lead. Neither team was able to build a lead larger than three points until the 17-14 mark. Tessa Van Laare put away the ball from Emily Blankespoor to push the lead to 18-14. The Knights would walk away 25-19 victors.
Anna Kamp finished the night with a career-high 22 kills.
Sarah DeVries tallied 10 kills against the Bulldogs. Jenna Lodewyk finished with six kills, while hitting .500 and 41 assists. Emily Blankespoor led all players with three service aces and Tessa Van Laare and junior Jaime Petrarca (St. John, Ind./Illiana Christian) both had two blocks.
The Knights will waste no time returning to action. The Maroon and Gold host Saint Mary's on Saturday.