GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The No. 4 ranked Calvin volleyball team stayed perfect in MIAA with a 3-0 victory over Alma on Tuesday. The Knights topped the Scots, 25-22, 25-20, 25-22. The victory moves Calvin to 20-3 and 12-0 in MIAA play. With Hope falling to Saint Mary's, Calvin can clinch the MIAA title with one victory or a Hope loss.
"Tonight was a great example that you always have to bring your best in the MIAA," said head coach Dr. Amber Warners. "Alma played a really good match, they are very strong defensively. We will now have to focus on Kalamazoo."
The Knights rallied in the first set after trailing 13-12. Calvin responded with an 8-2 run to take a 20-15 lead. The Scots won the next four points to cut the lead to 20-19 and tied the set at 21. The Knights then flexed their muscles and closed the set on a 4-1 run.
Neither team was able to build a lead larger than one point to start the second set. Trailing 14-13, Calvin received some separation with a 4-0 run behind the serve of senior Jenna Lodewyk (Villa Park, Ill./Timothy Christian). A 6-2 run helped Calvin claim the second set 25-20. Junior Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) had three kills in the final Calvin run.
The Scots started the third set on a 4-0 run and pushed the lead to six points at 16-10. The Knights chipped away at the lead and the serve of Anna Kamp cut the deficit to 16-15. Alma pushed the lead back to three points at 19-16. The Knights sprinted to the finish with an 8-2 run. Sophomore Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian) tallied four kills during the run. A kill from Anna Kamp finished the match at 25-22.
Anna Kamp finished with a double-double with 14 kills and 11 digs. Sarah DeVries finished the night with 11 kills, eight digs and four blocks. Freshman Sydney Segard (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) and senior Tessa Van Laare (Toronto, Ont./Toronto District Christian) both notched five blocks. Junior Keilahna Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville) led the match with 18 digs and Jenna Lodewyk had 33 assists.
Calvin can clinch a share of the MIAA title on Friday at Kalamazoo.