No. 1 Volleyball Stumbles at Elmhurst Invitational

No. 1 Volleyball Stumbles at Elmhurst Invitational

ELMHURST, Ill. – The Calvin volleyball team fell to Aurora and Illinois Wesleyan on Friday evening at the Elmhurst Invitational. The Knights move to 8-2 on the season.

Senior Kristen Vyletel (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) started the match with two service aces. The Spartans would respond with a 7-2 run. The Knights tied the set at 11 with a pair of blocks from junior Jamie Petrarca (St. John, Ind./Illiana Christian), junior Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) and sophomore Ally Fea (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg). The Spartans closed the set on an 11-3 run to take the set 25-16.

The Spartans took an early 5-1 lead a set two and pushed the lead to 10-3. The Knights responded with an 8-0 run to take the lead back at 11-10. Sophomore Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian) had three kills in the run. The two teams two tie the set six times and stand even at 23. The Spartans would go on to take the next two points and the match.

The serve of junior Keilahna Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville) helped push Calvin to an early 3-0 lead. Aurora would use a 6-0 run to take the lead back at 11-9. Calvin would not fold and pushed the lead up to 21-18. The Spartans stood tall and closed the set on a 7-2 run to take the match.

Anna Kamp led the Knights with 13 kills, Keilahna Castillo and Kristen Vyletel both finished with three service aces. Jaime Petrarca tallied a career-high five blocks.

The Knights and Titans started the second match of the day with neither team being able to build a lead larger than two points. With the set tied at 11, Illinois Wesleyan went on a 3-0 run and took the lead and held on until taking the set 25-20.

Trailing 8-7, the Titans broke the set open with an 8-0 run. The Knights would be able to cut the IWU lead to one point, but the Titans would take the set, 25-20.

With their backs to the wall, the Knights jumped on the Titans early and held the lead from start to finish. The Maroon and Gold used a 6-1 run to push the lead up to 20-8. The Knights claimed the set with a 25-20 victory.

With the fourth set tied at 12, Illinois Wesleyan was able to get some separation with a 6-0 run. The Knights didn't back down and would trim the lead to 24-23. The Green and White would take the next point and the match.

Anna Kamp led the Knights with 18 kills against IWU. Sarah DeVries tallied a career-high seven blocks.

The Knights finish the Elmhurst Tournament on Saturday against No. 5 Colorado College.