ADA, Oh. - In an early-season showdown between nationally-ranked opponents, second-ranked Calvin topped 23rd-ranked Ohio Northern in four sets at the 41st ONU Invitational.
Calvin defeated the host Polar Bears by scores of 24-26, 25-15, 25-15, 26-24.
The Knights (1-0) were forced to fight off an upset-minded Ohio Northern team that was bidding for its second win over a nationally-ranked opponent as the Polar Bears had dropped #13 Illinois Wesleyan in three sets earlier in the day.
Calvin moved out to an 18-11 lead in set one but Ohio Northern reeled off a 10-3 run to take a 22-21 lead. Calvin took the next three points to build a 24-22 advantage but the Polar Bears fought off a pair of set points with a 4-0 run to win the set 26-24.
The Knights took control in sets two and three. Calvin hit .258 in set two while limiting Ohio Northern to a .000 attack percentage. In set three Calvin pounded the ball down at a .300 clip. Set four mirrored set one in several ways. Calvin opened up an 18-13 lead but Ohio Northern (1-1) roared back to take a 22-21 and then a 23-22 lead. Unlike set one however, the Knights refused to taste defeat. Senior Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian HS) scored four successive points to close out the set and the match. Her opening point in the final flurry came on a lengthy rally that tied the set at 23 and came off a feed from sophomore setter Anna Schriemer (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg HS). DeVries finished the match with 17 kills, 11 assists, three solo blocks and a pair of service aces while hitting at a .424 clip.
DeVries paced a trio of Calvin attackers in double-digit kills as sophomore Kelsey Smith (Vienna, Va./Madison HS) had 13 kills while freshman Heidi Westra (Clarendon Hills, Il./Timothy Christian HS) chalked up 13 kills in her collegiate debut.
Schriemer tallied 30 assists and seven digs. Calvin amassed 15 service aces in the win with sophomore Grace Kellogg (Belleville, Mich./Plymouth Christian Academy), freshman Maria Bos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and freshman Aubrey Wrubel (Jenison, Mich./Jenison HS) recording four aces apiece. Wrubel also picked up 18 digs in her collegiate debut at the libero position.
COACHES QUOTE: "Ohio Northern is a very solid team that played great defense tonight," said Calvin head volleyball coach Amber Warners. "I thought we played with a lot of grit through some tough moments and never gave up on any balls. Our serving was tough once we settled down."
NEXT UP: Calvin will face Transylvania at 1 p.m. and Illinois Wesleyan at 3 p.m. Both matches will be played on the side court at Ohio Northern and will not feature live stats or live video coverage.