The Calvin Sports Information Office sat down with five student-athletes to discuss their experiences at Calvin College. The opening story is with Megan Van Solkema a senior on the Calvin volleyball team from Escondido, California.
Anna Kamp, a junior from Calvin College, has been named the DIII Honda Athlete of the Year nominee for Volleyball as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.
Senior setter Jenna Lodewyk was named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team for NCAA Division III volleyball on Wednesday, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). She also claimed the honor of the Academic All-America of the Year.
The Calvin women’s volleyball team handed Johnson & Wales University its first loss of the season, sweeping the Wildcats 25-21, 25-19, 26-24 in the quarterfinal round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Tournament. With the win, the Knights advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament Semifinals where they will face top-seeded Wittenberg University.
Anna Kamp was named the AVCA Division III National Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The award was announced on Wednesday evening at a pre-national championship banquet at the Prince Conference Center on the campus of Calvin College.
The Calvin volleyball team spent Wednesday morning at the AMF Eastbrook Lanes on Wednesday morning with the Special Olympics of Michigan. The Knights joined the other seven remaining teams at the Division III Volleyball Championship Banquet on Wednesday night.
Three members of the Calvin volleyball team received AVCA Division III All-America honors on Tuesday. Junior Anna Kamp was named to the AVCA Division III All-America first team. Senior Jenna Lodewyk and sophomore Sarah DeVries were named to the second team.
For the third time in four seasons, the Calvin volleyball team met the Lady Reds of Carthage College in the NCAA Division III Regional Finals. The No. 2 ranked Knights defeated No. 17 Carthage, 25-16, 25-17, 21-25, 19-25, 15-9. Calvin advances to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second-straight year. Calvin improves to 29-3 on the year and Carthage finishes at 27-9.
The NCAA released the quarterfinal parings on Sunday evening for the Thursday matches. Calvin is the No. 5 seed in the bracket and will play Johnson & Wales from Rhode Island. The match is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. at Van Noord Arena.
The No. 2 ranked Calvin volleyball team advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament Third Round with a 3-0 victory over No. 11 Millikin on Friday. Calvin moves to 28-3 on the year and the Big Blue finish at 29-8. The No. 5 seed in the Bloomington, Illinois Bracket, Calvin defeated the No. 1 seed Big Blue of Millikin, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17. With the victory, Calvin advances to the regional final round for the eighth-straight year.
The AVCA named four Calvin volleyball players to the all-region teams on Friday. Named to the AVCA Great Lakes All-Region Team was senior Jenna Lodewyk, junior Anna Kamp and sophomore Sarah DeVries. On the AVCA Great Lakes Honorable Mention All-Region was junior Keilahna Castillo.
The No. 2 ranked Calvin volleyball team met the No. 13 ranked Bears of Washington University in St. Louis in a rematch of the 2016 national championship match in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday afternoon Bloomington, Illinois.
Calvin will travel to Bloomington, Illinois for the NCAA Division III volleyball regional tournament from Nov. 9-11. The Knights will face Washington University in St. Louis in the first round. The two teams met in the NCAA Championship match in 2016. The winner of the region will advance to the quarterfinal round at Van Noord Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Knights are making their 27th NCAA Tournament appearance and the 14th-straight appearance with coach Warners.
Coming off a MIAA Tournament title, the Calvin volleyball team swept the final MIAA volleyball weekly honors. Sarah DeVries was named the MIAA Player of the Week and Emily Blankespoor claimed the Specialty Player of the Week honor.
The No. 3 ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team defeated rival Hope College 3-0 to claim its thirteenth MIAA Tournament championship. With the win, the Knights remain undefeated in MIAA play on the season and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
For the eighth-straight year, a Calvin volleyball player was named the MIAA volleyball MVP. The Knights recorded five All-MIAA selections, including three on the first team. The Knights finished 16-0 for an MIAA record third-straight season.
The No. 3 ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team claimed a 3-0 victory over Albion College in the MIAA Tournament semifinals on Friday night. The Knights advance to the MIAA Tournament finals for the 14th straight year, where they will face rival Hope College.
The No. 4 ranked Calvin volleyball team claimed a 3-0 victory over Trine on Saturday afternoon to complete the MIAA regular season undefeated. The Knights will head into postseason play at 24-3 overall and a perfect 16-0 MIAA record.
The No. 4 ranked Calvin volleyball team improved to 23-3 on the year and 15-0 in MIAA play with a 3-0 victory at Albion on Friday night. The Knights defeated the Britons, 25-19, 25-9, 25-23. Albion falls to 14-13 and 8-7 in MIAA action.
On Friday evening, the No. 4 ranked Calvin volleyball team hit the road to face the Hornets of Kalamazoo College. The Knights left Kalamazoo with a 25-11, 25-17, 25-18 victory. With this victory, the Knights clinch a share of the MIAA regular season crown. Calvin has won at least a share of the last seven MIAA regular season titles.
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.