GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - In a meeting of nationally-ranked teams, second-ranked Calvin suffered a four-set defeat to 20th-ranked (and rival) Hope Friday night in front of more than 2,300 fans at Van Noord Arena.
Friday's match was a non-conference contest with the MIAA now playing in a single-round format. Calvin (20-2) defeated Hope (18-5) earlier this year in a conference tilt in Holland.
Unlike the September conference matchup, Hope grabbed the early momentum in set one, taking a 8-4 lead. Calvin came back to tie the set on four occasions but never took the lead. Hope scored the final five points of the set to claim the win.
In set two, Hope never trailed. Calvin pushed to within four at 22-18 but the Flying Dutch answered with the final three points to close out the set.
Calvin turned the tables in set three, hitting .429 in rolling to a 25-11 win.
Hope went back to a familiar pattern in set four, taking an early 8-4 lead and eventually rolling out to a 20-10 advantage.
Calvin responded with a furious 9-1 run to close to within 21-19, bringing the home crowd to its feet.
Back-to-back attack errors stymied Calvin's comeback surge however with Hope closing out the set and the match with a pair of kills.
Calvin was limited to a season-low .131 attack percentage by the visiting Flying Dutch.
Senior Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian HS) notched her second triple-double of the season in the loss with 15 kills, 21 assists and 13 digs. Sophomore Kelsey Smith (Vienna, Va./Madison HS) came up with 14 kills and eight digs. Freshman Aubrey Wrubel (Jenison, Mich./Jenison HS) tallied 18 digs. Junior McKenna Covey () recorded six block assists. Freshman Heidi Westra (Clarendon Hills, Il./Timothy Christian HS) had six kills and five block assists. Sophomore Grace Kellogg (Belleville, Mich./Plymouth Christian Academy) had 11 digs and three service aces.
The Hope victory snapped a seven-match losing skid to Calvin. The win was its first over the Knights since a 2016 victory in the MIAA Tournament final at Van Noord Arena.
COACHES COMMENT: "Congratulations to Hope. I thought they came out and played very aggressive and beat us on the serve-pass game for much of the game," said Calvin women's volleyball coach Amber Warners. "I was really happy with our resiliency and we just never gave up."
NEXT UP: Calvin will host Olivet at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday inside Van Noord Arena.