HOLLAND, Mich. - In a meeting of nationally-ranked teams, Calvin swept a non-conference match at rival Hope Friday night to improve to 25-1 on the season.
Due to the MIAA's newly-instituted single-round conference schedule, Friday's match was a scheduled non-conference contest. The conference meeting between the two rivals took place on September 22 at Calvin with the Knights winning that matchup in a five-set thriller.
In Friday's match, No. 1 Calvin rolled to a 25-19, 25-23, 25-19 victory over No. 15 Hope (23-6) as the Knights improved to 8-1 against nationally-ranked opponents this season.
Calvin held momentum for nearly the entire match in front of a crowd of just over 2,200 DeVos Fieldhouse Fans.
In set one, Calvin used a 5-0 run to build a 15-10 lead that led to a 25-19 win. In set two, Calvin led 22-15 and later 24-20 before holding off a late charge by Hope to gain the 25-23 win. In set three, Calvin led 15-9. Hope pushed back to trail just 17-15 but Calvin scored eight of the next 12 points to close out the match.
Calvin hit .231 as a team but Hope hit just .118. Calvin came up with 12 blocks and dug up 50 balls. Senior Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Il./Chicago Christian HS) had 12 kills and nine digs, surpassing the 1,500 kill plateau for her career in the process. Kamp now has 1,503 kills in her career which ranks seventh on the Calvin career list.
Junior Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian HS) just missed a triple-double, amassing 19 assists, 10 digs, nine kills and four block assists. Freshman Kelsey Smith (Vienna, Va./Madison HS) had a strong match, recording seven kills, three digs and a pair of service aces.
Sophomore Sydney Segard (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville HS) had five kills and a block assist. Freshman Grace Kellogg (Belleville, Mich./Plymouth Christian Academy) tallied 11 digs and three kills. Junior Ally Fea (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg HS) had three kills and two block assists. Senior Keilahna Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville HS) came up with 11 digs, a service ace and an assist.
"I am very happy with the way our team played tonight," said Calvin head volleyball coach Amber Warners. "I thought we played very consistent. We were almost kind of un-emotional, like we had a job to do and we were going to do it and stay very focused. We played very well in all three sets. I thought in the serve-pass game we had a bit of an edge tonight which makes all the difference."
Calvin will now prepare to host the Alma Scots on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a match with MIAA championship implications. Calvin holds a one-victory edge over Alma and Hope in the league standings heading into Saturday's MIAA regular season finale. Calvin will enter the match at 7-0 in league play while Alma and Hope are both 6-1.
Saturday's match will also mark the final regular season home contest for Calvin seniors Keilahna Castillo, Rachel Herrera (Schererville, Ind./Illiana Christian HS) and Anna Kamp.