One of the words that comes to mind when thinking about the Calvin volleyball is family. Family is one of the foundations that has led to the success of the Calvin volleyball program and three national titles. Family is the backbone for Keilahna Castillo.
Calvin College junior Alyssa Scholten is being honored at the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four in Phoenix, Arizona. Scholten is being recognized for her selection as the NCAA Elite 90 Award winner for Division III in women’s volleyball. Scholten along with other Elite 90 winners will be recognized on Monday night on the court at halftime of the national championship game between Gonzaga and North Carolina.
The women’s volleyball team celebrated its 2016 national title on Wednesday night at the men’s basketball game. The Knights raised the 2016 national championship banner to the top of Van Noord Arena. The 2016 national title is the third title in the past seven years. Every four-year player who has come into the volleyball program since 2007 has won a national title with head coach Dr. Amber Warners.
Calvin currently stands in third place in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings after an outstanding fall season. The Knights have 314 points so far. The Knights trail Washington-St. Louis at 385 points and Tufts at 365.5 points. Calvin is the only MIAA institution in the top-25, with Hope being the next closest in 36th place.
The Calvin volleyball program claimed the top spot in the final AVCA rankings of the year. The Knights finished the season with a 33-1 record and a perfect 16-0 record in the MIAA. Calvin claimed its third national title on Saturday evening in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
In addition to winning the 2016 NCAA III Title, the Calvin women's volleyball team has also finished with the No. 1 national ranking in the final Division III Top 25 poll conducted by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
The Calvin volleyball program won its third national title on Saturday night in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Knights swept Washington University in St. Louis, 25-21, 25-21, 25-21. Calvin has also won a national title in 2010 and 2013. This is the 11th NCAA title for Calvin College.
The Knights advanced to the NCAA Tournament finals for the fifth time in program history with a 3-0 victory over Northwestern (Minn.) on Thursday evening. The Knights swept the eagles, 28-26, 25-18, 25-17. Calvin improves to 32-1 on the year and Northwestern finishes the season at 34-5. Calvin will face Washington University at St. Louis at 8 p.m. Eastern standard time and 7 p.m. Central standard time at the Kolf Sports Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The No. 2 ranked Calvin volleyball team rallied to ground the No. 5 ranked Eagles of Emory on Thursday afternoon. The Knights rallied back from 1-2, to win, 3-2. The Maroon and Gold took the match, 25-17, 19-25, 24-26, 25-21, 15-9. With the victory, Calvin advances to the NCAA Tournament semifinal round on Friday. Calvin will play the winner of the Northwestern (Minn.) vs. Eastern match. The match will take place at 6:00 p.m. Eastern standard time and 5:00 p.m. Central standard time at the Kolf Sports Center.
The Calvin volleyball team spent the afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh on Wednesday afternoon. The Knights joined the other seven remaining teams at the Division III Volleyball Championship Banquet on Wednesday night.
Three members of the volleyball team received AVCA Division III All-America honors on Tuesday. Senior Laura Danhoff and sophomore Anna Kamp were named to the AVCA Division III All-America first team. Junior Jenna Lodewyk was named to the second team.
On Friday evening, the No. 2 Calvin women’s volleyball (28-1) team faced off against the Tigers of DePauw University (25-5) in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Tournament.
The AVCA named five Calvin volleyball players to the all-region teams on Friday. Named to the AVCA Great Lakes All-Region Team was senior Laura Danhoff, junior Jenna Lodewyk, sophomore Anna Kamp and sophomore Keilahna Castillo. On the AVCA Great Lakes Honorable Mention All-Region was freshman Sarah DeVries.
This weekend, Calvin is hosting an eight-team NCAA Division III volleyball regional. The regional will include teams from Bethany (W.Va.), Carnegie Mellon (Pa.), DePauw (Ind.), Millikin (Ill.), Ohio Norther, Pitt.-Bradford (Pa.) and Wittenberg (Ohio).
Calvin has been selected to host an eight team NCAA Division III volleyball regional from Nov. 10-12. The winner of the region will advance to the quarterfinal round in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Knights are making their 26th NCAA Tournament appearance and the 13th-straight appearance with coach Warners.
For the seventh-straight year, a Calvin volleyball player was named the MIAA MVP. The Knights recorded five All-MIAA selections, including three on the first team. The Calvin volleyball program also claimed the MIAA Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors.