ELMHURST, Il. - Calvin opened the Elmhurst Invitational with a 25-23, 25-17, 25-16 win over #20 UW-Whitewater Friday evening.
The victory marked Calvin's seventh victory of the year against a Top 25 opponent.
Ranked No. 1 in the latest AVCA Division III Top 25 poll, Calvin (21-1) pulled out a tense set one. The Knights fell behind 19-17 but rallied with a 7-0 run to build a 24-19 lead. The War Hawks roared back with four straight points to close to within one. Junior Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian HS) closed out the set with a kill off a feed from senior Keilahna Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville HS).
In set two, Calvin hit at a .345 clip in building a 15-10 lead. Calvin later led 22-15 and closed out the set with a kill by sophomore Courtney VanderHoning (Byron Center, Mich./South Christian HS) and a service ace by freshman Anna Schriemer (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg HS).
Calvin hit .375 in set three, building a 19-13 lead and never looked back.
Senior Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Il./Chicago Christian HS) racked up 15 kills and a .414 hitting percentage to go with 11 digs and three block assists. Junior Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian HS) tallied 23 assists, seven kills and three service aces. VanderHoning had six kills and four block assists. Freshman Grace Kellogg (Belleville, Mich./Plymouth Christian Academy) chalked up six kills and seven digs
Castillo added 10 digs.
"Wisconsin-Whitewater was one of the best teams we have played all year," said Calvin head women's volleyball coach Amber Warners. "They have a lot of good players and can hit very well. The score was not reflective of how hard we had to play in order to get the win. I am very proud of our team for coming out with focus and tenacity from the first point until the last point."
Calvin returns to action on Saturday when it faces Carthage at 11 a.m. (EST) and Aurora at 1:30 p.m. (EST).