ANGOLA, Ind. – The No. 1 women's volleyball team traveled to Trine University on Tuesday night for its third conference match of the season. The Knights defeated the Thunder in four sets (21-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-19) to remain perfect on the season with a 14-0 overall record.
With the loss, Trine falls to 8-0 overall with a 1-3 MIAA mark. Last Wednesday, Calvin picked up a three-set win at Kalamazoo. On September 22nd, the Knights secured a five-set match victory over nationally-ranked rival Hope College. The Knights remain ranked No. 1 in the AVCA Division III Top 25 poll for the fourth consecutive week.
The two teams exchanged points early in the match until Calvin scored four straight points behind the serve of freshman Grace Kellogg (Belleville, Mich./Plymouth Christian Academy) to take an 11-8 lead. The Thunder answered with a 5-1 run to regain a one-point lead. The score was tied four times in the next seven points before the Thunder struck for a trio of points to go up 19-16 force a Calvin timeout. Trine put down a kill out of the break to earn a four-point lead late in the set. The Knights responded with back-to-back points, but Trine stifled their momentum with another kill. After points on both sides, Calvin strung together two straight points to make it 22-21 set as senior Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) put down a kill and freshman Anna Schriemer (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg) landed a timely service ace. Trine called a late timeout and came back with two points of its own before the Knights called timeout. The Thunder claimed the last point of the set on a Calvin error to take set one 25-21.
The Knights built an early 7-2 lead in set two as sophomore Sydney Segard (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville), junior Ally Fea (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg), junior Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian) and Kamp connected for kills. The Thunder used four straight points shaved Calvin's lead to one point. Calvin maintained its lead as the teams traded points until Trine used a three-point run to knot the score at 12. The Knights came back with a three straight kills to regain a three-point lead. Calvin maintained its three point lead and, after a service ace by senior libero Keilhana Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville), Trine called timeout. The Thunder used two late points to make the score 20-18, but Calvin answered with a kill, ace and a block. Trine scored once more before a kill and service ace by freshman Kelsey Smith (Vienna, Va./Madison) sealed a 25-18 set-two victory.
Calvin fell behind 7-4 early in set three before calling timeout. Out of the break, the Knights staged a 7-1 run to lead 11-8. Trine sided out, but Calvin responded with three straight kills from DeVries, Smith and Kamp before the Thunder called timeout. The Knights built their lead to eight as Trine could not slow down the Calvin offense and was forced to call its second timeout. The Thunder hung with the Knights as the teams went back-and-forth in scoring, but the deficit was too large to overcome and Calvin secured a 25-17 set three win.
The fourth set was closely contested as Trine battled to force a fifth set. The Thunder earned an early 6-5 advantage, but Calvin's offense continued to roll for three straight points. Trine tied the score at eight before the Knights surged for a 7-1 scoring streak to lead 15-9 and force a Thunder timeout. After points on both sides, Trine narrowed Calvin's lead to three and the Knights called timeout. Out of the break, the Knights gave themselves a cushion as DeVries put down a kill and Castillo landed back-to-back aces to make the score 21-15. Trine matched Calvin's final four points, but it was too late as the Knights took set five 25-19.
"Trine came ready to play and proved to be a tough opponent," said Calvin women's volleyball coach Amber Warners. "They (Trine) play great defense and they did a nice job against our block. It is hard to play on the road on a weeknight so we are happy with the result. We need to practice and play with a sense of urgency every day to continue to reach our potential. I was proud of our resiliency."
Kamp led the Knights offense with 24 kills, swinging for a .467 hitting percentage. DeVries pumped out a game-high 33 assists and racked up 20 kills. Smith finished with 10 kills, while Schriemer dished out 19 assists. Kellogg and Castillo finished with 14 and 13 digs, respectively.
Calvin landed 13 services aces in the victory, posting a .358 hitting percentage.
The Knights are back in action on Friday when they host conference opponent Albion (13-2, 3-1 MIAA) at 6:30 p.m.