GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin women's volleyball team swept Greenville University in the first round of the NCAA DIII Women's Volleyball Tournament 25-22, 25-20 and 25-14.
Both teams battled in the first set as it remained a tight match. The Knights got off to a slow start, but a five-point run got them back in to take the lead and from that point on they lead the rest of the match. The Panthers rallied keeping it a close set, but the Knights pulled away at the end to take the set 25-22.
With the second set underway, the Knights and Panthers remained neck and neck late into the set. Calvin went on a four-point rally to close out the match 25-20. The Knights hit a blazing .548 attack percentage. Senior Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill. / Chicago Christian) had seven kills for the Knights in set two.
The Knights looking to close out the match, came out resilient as they went on a five-point rally to lead 8-5. The Panthers tighten the score to within three, but the Knights eager to win went on another rally of 4-points and from that point on, they were unstoppable as they took the set 25-14. Calvin hit a .348 attack percentage in set three.
The Knights were paced by Kamp with 11 kills, three digs and four blocks and junior Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Northpointe Christian) with nine kills, eight digs, five blocks and 18 assists.
"I want to congratulate Greenville and (coach) Tom Ackerman," said Calvin women's volleyball coach Amber Warners. "He has done a great job with his team. They were a great opponent. Very difficult to play."
The Knights will take on Wis.-Whitewater in the NCAA DIII Great Lakes Regional Semifinal tomorrow at 8 p.m.
"Every match you have to come ready to play and tomorrow will be no different," said Warners. "Whitewater is a very well-coached team with a lot of athleticism and a lot of power. It should be a good match and we will have to come out ready to play."