GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Calvin volleyball team has been picked to repeat as MIAA champions. The Knights received eight first place votes in the MIAA Coaches' poll released this morning. Hope received the other first place vote and was pegged to finish second with Albion third and Saint Mary's fourth.
Calvin has won at least a share of the last eight MIAA regular season titles. In 2017, the Knights blitzed through a 16-0 MIAA campaign and then reached the national semifinals of the NCAA III Tournament for the sixth time in eight years. The Knights finished the year with a 30-4 record.
The Knights return three All-MIAA players from the 2017 team. Senior Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) earned All-MIAA First Team honors and was the 2017 MIAA Most Valuable Player. Junior Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian) was also named to the 2017 All-MIAA first team. Junior Keilahna Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville) was named to the All-MIAA second team.
Calvin is scheduled to open its season on August. 31 at a tournament hosted by Ithaca (N.Y.).
The Knights open their home schedule September 7 and 8 when they host the MIAA Crossover Challenge.
2018 MIAA Preseason Poll
1. Calvin - 64 points (8 first-place votes)
2. Hope - 57 points (1 first-place vote)
3. Albion - 45 points
4. Saint Mary's - 40 points
5. Trine - 36 points
6. Alma - 30 points
7. Adrian - 29 points
8. Kalamazoo - 15 points
9. Olivet - 8 points