By Schuyler Pruis
HOLLAND, Mich., - The Knights of Calvin University took down the Flying Dutch of Hope in straight sets on Saturday in a matchup of nationally ranked teams.
Calvin, ranked second nationally, defeated Hope, ranked 19th, 25-12, 25-22, 25-23. This is the seventh consecutive victory for the Knights in this rivalry and advances them to a 72-30 all-time record against Hope.
Calvin has now won 69 consecutive MIAA regular season matches.
Calvin came out strongly in the second set going up 13-5 early on, but it was the first set where the Knights really came out swinging. Calvin went up 18-6 early in that set and the Flying Dutch struggled to match the energy brought by the Knights. Calvin hit .405 in that first set which then set the tone for the rest of the match.
However, as said by Coach Amber Warners, "We knew that the way the game started was not the way it was going to finish." Halfway through the second set, Hope began to fight back and made the Knights work to finish off the second set 25-22.
Down the stretch in the third set, Calvin was met with solid defense by the Flying Dutch and had to serve into a couple high pressure situations.
"Coach prepares us for high pressure serves in games through how we practice." said senior Senior Sarah Devries (Grand Rapids, Mich./ Northpointe Christian HS). Devries ended up leading the way for the Knights with 16 kills, 22 assists, 7 digs, and a hitting percentage of .382.
Aubrey Wrubel (Jenison, Mich./ Jenison) came through on the backline as well for Calvin, ending up with 12 digs and 2 assists.
Overall, the Knights ended up hitting .270 as a team with 47 kills, 8 blocks and 51 digs, while holding the Flying Dutch to a hitting percentage of .202, 35 kills, 4 blocks, and 51 digs as well.
Also of note for both sides was the sibling matchup between Heidi Westra for the Knights and her sister Tracy Westra for the Flying Dutch. "I thought it was really special that Heidi requested the number 13 at the beginning of the season because that was what her sister wore." said Coach Warners about the sibling matchup. The two will have another shot to face each other October 25 when Hope comes to Van Noord Arena.
Calvin is back in action next Wednesday at home against Kalamazoo as it hosts the Hornets at Van Noord Arena at 7 P.M.
- Calvin is 24-6 against Hope in the current decade
- Calvin is 16-1 against Hope at Van Noord Arena (only loss coming in 2016 MIAA Tournament)
- Calvin is 8-4 against Hope in DeVos Fieldhouse
- Calvin is 0-1 against Hope in neutral site matches
- Calvin is 7-2 against Hope in MIAA Tournament final matches
- Calvin is 1-1 against Hope in NCAA Tournament matches
- Calvin is 13-4 against Hope in three-set matches
- Calvin is 6-0 against Hope in four-set matches
- Calvin is 5-2 against Hope in five-set matches
- The team that wins the first set is 26-4 in the series
- The team that wins the second set is 25-5 in the series
- Calvin has come from 2-1 down to win 3-2 four times (including 2012-14 MIAA Tournament)
- Total sets won – Calvin 77, Hope 32