Calvin Graduate Anna Kamp Named NCAA Woman of the Year Top 30 Finalist

Calvin Graduate Anna Kamp Named NCAA Woman of the Year Top 30 Finalist

Recent Calvin graduate Anna Kamp has been named one of 30 women to be considered for the NCAA's Woman of the Year Award.

The top 30 women are composed of 10 honorees from each of the NCAA's three divisions and span various NCAA sports.

The Top 30 honorees were selected from an initial pool of 585 school nominees, a program record. From there, the pool was narrowed by conference offices and a selection committee to move forward 151 nominees for consideration. The Top 30 honorees include 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions, and each has demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. The honorees competed in 13 sports — including, for the first time, equestrian and rifle — and studied a broad range of academic majors, including neuroscience, anthropology, economics, chemical engineering, political science and communication.

"This year's 30 honorees are remarkable women, representing well the thousands of women competing each year in college sports," said Karen Baebler, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and assistant athletics director for sport operations at the University of Washington.  "They have excelled in sports and academics while serving their peers and communities, and we congratulate them for their many achievements."

In early October, the selection committee will announce the nine finalists, made up of three women from each NCAA division. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Top 30 will be celebrated and the Woman of the Year will be named Oct. 20 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.

Kamp is the third individual from Calvin to be named a top 30 honoree including the second from her family. Older sister Rebecca Kamp was selected as a Top 30 choice in 2012 while Lisa Winkle was so honored in 2007.

Also honored at the state level from Calvin prior to the institution of the Top 30 finalist announcement were Karen Blankespoor (1994) and Betsy Haverkamp (1997). 

Anna Kamp graduated from Calvin with a 3.78 grade-point average as a business major with a concentration in human resources, and a minor in psychology. A 2018 Google Cloud First-Team Academic All-American® and was named to the Calvin Dean's List eight times. A four-time MIAA Academic Honor Roll selection, Kamp was the Phyllis Van Dam De Vries Scholarship honoree and Kay Tiemersma Award winner.

Among Kamp's community activities were serving as a volleyball official at the Spring Games for Special Olympics Southwest Region, volunteering at Bethany Christian Services as both a mentor and donation sorter and assisting with the Food Recovery Network.

During Kamp's four-year career on the Calvin volleyball team, the Orland Park, Ill. native was a three-time All-American and 2017 National Player of the Year, two-time MIAA Most Valuable Player, and was a key member on Calvin's 2016 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship-winning team. From 2015 to last fall, Calvin posted a 126-11 record with four MIAA Championships, three MIAA Tournament titles, and two appearances in the National Championship game; along with the team's 2016 national title, Kamp aided the Knights to a National Runner-Up finish in 2018.

Earlier this summer, she was named the recipient of the MIAA's Sheila Wallace Kovalchik Award as the conference's most outstanding senior female student-athlete.

Kamp currently resides in Grand Rapids where she is a talent acquisition partner in human resources.