GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The No. 1 Calvin women's volleyball team conquered No. 14 Hope College to win the MIAA Tournament Championship on Saturday night. The Knights claimed a four-set victory defeating Hope 25-16, 20-25, 25-16, 25-13.
With the win, Calvin receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Calvin's seed will be determined in the NCAA Selection Show on Monday at 12:30 p.m. at NCAA.com. As a regionally and nationally ranked team, Hope will be in the mix for an at large bid to the national tournament.
The Knights and the Dutch both came out battling as the score remained tight halfway through the first set. The Knights pulled ahead the second half with a five-point run to take the set 25 to 16. Cavin had a .375 attack percentage in set one.
The Dutch earned an early advantage in the second set with a 4-point run to take the 7-3 lead. Hope lead the entire set. After a timeout called by Calvin, they came back to earn a three-point run late in the set to narrow the lead to three points, but the Dutch pulled away to take the set 25-20. Hope had a .407 attack percentage in set two.
Calvin came out relentless in the third set as they took the early lead. The Dutch stuck in it as they tied things up 10-10, but the Knights went on a 4-point run to take the lead back. Hope called a timeout and tried to rally back, but Calvin ran away with it to take the third set 25-16.
The Knights looking to close out the match, came out with a 4-0 lead. Hope scored two points but Calvin then went on a 6-point run to take a big lead 12-2. Hope tried to gather themselves and come back, but Calvin's offense could not be stopped and the Knights took the set 25-13 to close out the match.
The Knight were led by senior Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill. / Chicago Christian) and junior Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Northpointe Christian). Kamp had 19 kills and eight digs. DeVries posted 26 assists, 13 kills and 11 digs to earn her fifth triple double of the season. Freshman Grace Kellogg (Belleville, Mich./Plymouth Christian Academy) contributed 14 digs and four kills. Freshman Ellie Westrate (Sun Prairie, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran) dished out 22 assists.
Head coach Amber Warners touched on tonights match. "I thought that both teams came out with a lot of intensity, I thought Hope really out passed us and out served us in set two, and I thought that our team really responded to that in set three and four. When we play with a sense of urgency we are hard to beat, I think at this point in the season its about risking and being aggressive but consistant on your serving and I think we took them out of their pass game which then didnt allow them to carry it out."
The Knights have claimed seven of the last eight MIAA Tournamemt Titles.
Calvin will await its tournament assignment on Monday.