GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The No. 1 Calvin women's volleyball team defeated Albion College in the MIAA Tournament semifinals on Friday night. The Knights swept the Britons 25-18, 25-20, 25-22. With the win, Calvin advances to the MIAA Tournament Finals where it will face rival Hope for the third time this season.
Albion ends its season with a 17-12 overall record. The Knights improve to 27-1 overall and remain undefeated against conference opponents.
Albion earned an early advantage in the first set with a four-point run before Calvin answered with four straight points of its own to take a 6-5 lead. After an Britons' sideout, the Knights continued to roll to a 16-11 lead and Albion called timeout. Out of the break, the Britons chipped the deficit down to 19-16 before Calvin put down a trio of points to force a second Albion timeout. Despite the break, the Knights closed out the set strong as senior libero Keilhana Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville) landed a service ace to take set one 25-18.
Calvin carried its momentum into the second set, quickly building a 10-3 lead before Albion called timeout. The Britons had no answer for the Knights' offense and the home team climbed to a nine-point advantage. Albion battled back with a four-point run to make the score 14-9. After points on both sides, back-to-back kills by senior Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) sparked the Knights' offense to give Calvin an 18-10 lead. The Britons answered with a run to cut the lead to three on three separate occasions, but the comeback effort came up short and the Knights took a 25-20 win.
The two teams exchanged points to start the third set until Albion called timeout with Calvin leading 13-12. Out of the break, Albion took the lead, but the set remained competitive as the set was tied four times before Calvin called timeout, trailing 21-19. Out of the break, the Knights picked up three straight points, including two kills by Kamp, to take a 22-21 lead and force an Albion timeout. The Knights' offense could not be stopped as Kamp and freshman Kelsey Smith (Vienna, Va./Madison) landed kills to lift the Knights to a 25-22 third-set victory.
Kamp led the Knights in two categories with 18 kills and 18 digs. DeVries posted 22 assists, 12 kills, seven digs and two block assists. Freshman Grace Kellogg (Belleville, Mich./Plymouth Christian Academy) contributed 13 digs and 10 kills. Freshman Ellie Westrate dished out 17 assists, while Castillo finished with 15 digs and two service aces.
The Knights are back in action tomorrow for the MIAA Tournament Finals against Hope who swept Alma in the other semifinal match. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at Van Noord Arena.