Calvin Women's Volleyball Set to Host Midwest Invitational

Calvin Women's Volleyball Set to Host Midwest Invitational

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin Women's volleyball team will host Midwest Invitational this upcoming weekend. 

The six teams competing are #1 Calvin, Elmhurst, #16 Hope, #19 Ohio Northern, Susquehanna, and #7 Thomas More. 

Calvin's Schedule: Calvin will face Susquehannaat 3:00 p.m.followed Ohio Northern at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The Knights will then face Elmhurst at 11:00 a.m. followed by Thomas More at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. 

The Teams: Calvin is 15-0 overall, Susquehanna is 16-7 overall, Ohio Northern is 14-4 overall, Elmhurst is 9-10 overall, Thomas More Is 18-1 overall. 

The Coaches: Kuuipo Tom is in his 16th season as head coach of the Susquehanna volleyball program. Tom graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in 1982 and retired in 2007 after a 25-year career in law enforcement as a sergeant and station commander for the Pennsylvania State Police. The winningest head coach in program history with over 300 victories, Tom earned his 300th win in the 2016 season over SUNY Canton and his career record stands at 313-201 as of the end of the 2016 season. In the 10-year history of the Landmark Conference, Tom has led the team to the championship match of the conference tournament eight times.

Kate Witte is in her 28th season as head coach of the Ohio Northern University volleyball program.During her 28 years at ONU, Witte has guided the Polar Bears to an impressive 693-227 record (.753 winning percentage), 17 Ohio Athletic Conference regular season titles, 13 OAC Tournament Championships, 21 NCAA Division III Tournament bids, 11 NCAA Division III Tournament Sweet 16 appearances, four Elite 8 appearances and one Final Four appearance. Witte graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1982 with a degree in health and physical education. While there, she was a four-year standout and was named to the Midwest Region AIAW All-America team her senior year.

A Bluejay Backer Hall of Fame inductee, Julie Hall recently completed her 25th year as the head women's volleyball coach at Elmhurst. Hall, the four-time NCAA Division III Midwest Coach of the Year, also serves as assistant athletic director and senior women's administrator at Elmhurst. She has guided the Bluejays to the NCAA Tournament on 13 occasions, including six straight appearances.Hall has compiled an impressive 563-309 record in 25 seasons. She graduated from Ohio's Miami University with a bachelor's degree in physical education and health, and from the University of Dayton with a master's degree in supervision. 

John Spinney is in his 11th season of his stint as the head volleyball coach at Thomas More College. Spinney began his collegiate coaching career back in 1993 as an assistant coach at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio under Mary Ann Broderick.Spinney, a Cincinnati, Ohio native, has coached various Cincinnati clubs to the national tournament, including Sports Express, Team Z and Cincy Classic. He now is the coaching director for Cincy Classic Volleyball Club and over the past two years the club has sent 10 teams to Junior Olympic Nationals. As a player, Spinney was captain and president of the University of Cincinnati men's club volleyball team in 1992 and 1993. Today, he continues to compete in local indoor and outdoor tournaments and serve as an official in recreational leagues while conducting clinics for area volleyball enthusiasts.

Dr. Amber Warners is in her 17th year as head coach of the Calvin volleyball program. A 1990 Calvin graduate, Warners was a former two-sport standout for Calvin in volleyball and softball. Warners earned her master's degree from Michigan State University in sports psychology in 1996. She also received her Ph.D. from Michigan State. In 16 years as Calvin's head coach, she has compiled a record of 502-73. Under Warners the Knights have won three national championships, in 2010, 2013 and 2016. Warners has led Calvin to 14 consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. Warners is a four-time AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year (2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014). Warners is tied for second on the all-time NCAA Division III AVCA National Coach of the Year Award list. She has helped coach six perfect 16-0 seasons in the league. 

The Players: For the River Hawks, Hannah Lyons leads the team in 2.94 kills per set and has a .338 attack percentage. Lizzie Herestofa averages 4.76 digs per set. 

For the Polar Bears, Chelsea Huppert averages 3.56 kills per set and has a .393 attack percentage. Madison Broering averages 4.74 digs per set. 

For the Bluejays, Bailey Brouwer leads the team with 3.26 kills per set. Valerie Thomas averages 4.14 digs per set. 

For the Saints, Emily Moh leads the team with 3.52 kills per set and has a attack percentage of 3.53. Jessica Ginn averages 4.83 digs per set. 

For the Knights, Senior Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill. / Chicago Christian) averages 4.35 kills per set and has a .288 attack percentage. Senior Keilahna Castillo (Grandville, Mich. / Grandville) has a 3.30 digs per set percentage.  Junior Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Northpointe Christian) averages 3.37 kills per set and 2.46 digs per set.

Coverage: Live stats and live video of the game will be available on Calvin's website at

Social Media: Follow Calvin College athletics on social media. The Knights have presence on Facebook, Instagram, and snapchat (@CalvinAthletics) as well as Twitter (@CalvinKnights).

Up Next: Calvin will host Adrian College Tuesday, October 16that 6:30 p.m. 


Friday, Oct. 12

Van Noord Arena

Calvin vs. Susquehanna 3:00 p.m.

Susquehanna vs. Thomas More 5:00 p.m.

Calvin vs. Ohio Northern 7:30 p.m.

Hoogenboom Gym

Ohio Northern vs. Elmhurst 5:00 p.m.

Hope vs. Thomas More 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 13

Van Noord Arena

Calvin vs. Elmhurst 11:00 a.m.

Hope vs. Ohio Northern 1:00 p.m.

Calvin vs. Thomas More 3:30 p.m.

Hoogenboom Gym

Ohio Northern vs. Susquehanna 11:00 a.m.

Thomas More vs. Elmhurst 1:00 p.m.

Susquehanna vs. Hope 3:30 p.m.