GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The No. 1 Calvin women's volleyball team (4-0) took on Alma College (4-1) in its home opener on Friday afternoon. The Knights handed the Scots their first loss of the season with a 25-14, 25-20, 25-14 sweep in the first game of the MIAA Crossover Challenge.
This weekend Calvin serves as the co-host of the MIAA Crossover Challenge with Hope. Although this weekend's tournament matches MIAA opponents in head-to-head competition, the matches will all be of the nonconference variety.
Calvin entered the weekend with a 3-0 overall record after defeating Stevens, No. 8 Ithaca and No. 17 Juniata last weekend at a tournament hosted by Ithaca College. Alma opened its season last weekend at the Buc Blast Tournament hosted by Beloit. The Scots went 4-0 at the tournament, picking up wins against Eureka, Rockford, Beloit and North Central (Mn.).
In the first set, the Knights took an early 8-5 lead behind the serve of senior Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill/Chicago Christian). The Scots sided out, but the Knights built its lead to five with a trio of kills and forced an Alma timeout. The teams exchanged points until Calvin's offense heated up for a five-point run to earn a 20-11 lead. The Scots were unable to overcome the scoring deficit and Calvin closed out the set on a four-point run with kills coming from junior Sarah Devries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian), junior Ally Fea (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) and Kamp.
The two teams exchanged points to start the second set. Alma pulled ahead 7-4, but the Knights responded with a four-point run to take the lead. The Scots battled back to regain an 13-11 lead, but the Knights answered with another four-point run to go up 15-13 before Alma called timeout. The Knights and Scots went back-and-forth with scoring, Calvin held the lead for the remainder of the competitive set to claim a 25-20 win.
The Knights jumped out to an early 8-3 as the Scots had no answer for Kamp's tough serving. After a timeout, the Scots sided out before Calvin widened its lead to seven behind the serve of Castillo. Calvin continued to roll in set three, using seven consecutive points to earn a commanding 21-8 advantage. The home team controlled the final set, cruising to a 25-14 victory to take the match. Calvin hit .500 in the winning effort.
Calvin swung for a. 366 attack percentage on the afternoon, while holding Alma to .130. Kamp led all players with 14 kills, while also posting 13 digs. DeVries dished out a game-high 22 assists and finished with 10 kills and eight digs. Freshman Anna Scriemer (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg) pumped out 16 assists, while senior libero Keilahna Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville) led the Knights defense with 18 digs.
The Calvin women's volleyball took on Trine University in its second match of the MIAA Crossover Challenge on Friday night. The Knights topped the Thunder 25-21, 25-20, 25-16 for their second win of the day. With the victory, the Knights remain perfect on the season with a 5-0 record. Trine falls to 3-3 overall.
This weekend Calvin serves as the co-host of the MIAA Crossover Challenge with Hope. Although this weekend's tournament matches MIAA opponents in head-to-head competition, the matches will all be of the nonconference variety. Earlier in the day, the Knights rolled to a three-set victory against Alma. Trine topped Saint Mary's in four sets in its first game of the weekend.
The Knights came out strong in set one to build an early 6-0 lead behind the serve of freshman Grace Kellogg (Belleville, Mich./Plymouth Christian Academy). Trine battled back to cut the lead to two points before Calvin pulled ahead 15-10. The Thunder responded again, using a 5-1 run to come within one point of the Knights and force a Calvin timeout. Out of the break, the Knights put up four straight points to lead 20-15 before Trine called timeout. With Calvin leading 24-17, the Thunder made one final run to make it a three-point set and force a Knights' timeout, but junior Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian) beat the triple block to seal a 25-21 victory for Calvin.
Calvin and Trine exchanged points to start the second set before Trine used a four-point run to gain an 8-5 advantage. After a timeout, the Knights knotted the score with a trio of points. Freshman Kelsey Smith (Vienna, Va./Madison) and DeVries put down kills while Kellogg scored on a service ace. The Thunder sided out, but Calvin took a 12-9 lead with a four-point run. Trine came back with a 6-2 run to earn a one-point lead in the tight set.
The Knights sided out to tie the set at 15 before Trine scored back-to-back points to regain the lead. Calvin bounced back with a 6-0 run to go ahead 21-17. DeVries led the Knights' scoring surge, racking up two kills and three blocks during the run. Calvin held the lead for the remainder of the set to take a 25-20 win.
In set three, Calvin used an early 8-1 lead to go up 11-6 and force a Trine timeout. The Knights continued to control the set, building an 18-10 lead as DeVries, Smith, senior Anna Kamp and (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) contributed kills. The Thunder were unable to overcome deficit and the Knights rolled to their second match victory of the day.
DeVries was a force for the Knights, leading the team in five statistical categories with 13 kills, 16 assists, 14 digs and three solo blocks. Kamp finished with 12 points and 11 digs, while senior libero Keilahna Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville) posted 12 digs and dished out seven assists. Freshman Ellie Westrate (Sun Prairie, Wisc./Lakeside Lutheran) pumped out 14 assists in the win, while Kellogg contributed 10 digs and a pair of service aces. The Knights held the Thunder to a .059 hitting percentage on the evening.
The Knights are back in action on Saturday as they continue play in the MIAA Crossover Challenge. Calvin will host Saint Mary's at 11 a.m. and then take on Olivet at 1 p.m.