Calvin's Sarah DeVries Named MIAA's Most Valuable Player in Volleyball - Leads Calvin Trio on MIAA Honor Squad

Calvin's Sarah DeVries Named MIAA's Most Valuable Player in Volleyball - Leads Calvin Trio on MIAA Honor Squad

For the second consecutive year, the Calvin has the MIAA's Most Valuable Player and the MIAA's Defensive Player of the Year in women's volleyball.

Senior Sarah DeVries has been named the MIAA's Most Valuable Player while freshman Aubrey Wrubel has been named the MIAA's Defensive Player of the Year.

In addition, DeVries has been named to the All-MIAA First Team along with sophomore teammate Kelsey Smith. Wrubel has been named to the All-MIAA Second Team.

A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian High School, DeVries is receiving MIAA MVP honors for the first time. She joins her mother Betsy (Wilgenburg) DeVries and her uncle Ed Wilgenburg as an MIAA Most Valuable Player. Her mother Betsy was the MIAA's Most Valuable Player in volleyball in 1992 as a setter. Her uncle Ed was the MIAA's Most Valuable Player in men's soccer as a midfielder in 1989.

This fall, DeVries has been a dominant player for the Knights, earning AVCA Division III National Player of the Week honors once while receiving MIAA Player of the Week honors once and MIAA Specialist of the Week honors twice.

She is hitting at a .423 clip which ranks fourth in the latest NCAA III stats. She is averaging 4.29 kills and 4.78 assists-per-set. In addition she is averaging 1.95 digs, 1.05 blocks and 5.2 points-per-set.

It marks the 10th straight year a Calvin players has been named the MIAA Most Valuable Player in women's volleyball.

DeVries is making her third straight appearance on the All-MIAA First Team.

Kelsey Smith meanwhile is making her first appearance on the All-MIAA First Team. Smith is from Vienna, Virginia. She is a graduate of Madison High School. An outside hitter, Smith has been a two-time MIAA Player of the Week selection this fall. She is averaging 2.82 kills-per-set while hitting at a .285 clip. She is also contributing 0.95 digs and 0.46 blocks-per-set.

A freshman libero, Wrubel hails from Jenison. She is a Jenison High School graduate. In her first year as Calvin's starting libero, Wrubel is averaging 3.88 digs-per-set and has 58 assists and 31 service aces on the year. Earlier this year she was named to the all-tournament team at the Ohio Northern Polar Bear Invitational.

Wrubel is the eighth individual from Calvin to be named the MIAA's Defensive Player of the Year in women's volleyball.

Ranked third nationally, Calvin is 22-2 overall. The Knights captured their ninth consecutive MIAA regular season championship with an 8-0 conference record. In league competition, the Knights did not drop a set to a league opponent.

Calvin is the top seed for the MIAA Tournament and will host the MIAA Tournament Semifinals (November 8) and MIAA Tournament Final (November 9).

COACHES COMMENT: "It is a great honor for our players to be recognized like this," said Calvin head women's volleyball coach Amber Warners. "These are truly team awards. Players don't receive individual honors without the support of their teammates."

CALVIN MIAA MVPS IN WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL

Deb Verhill, 1982
Leah Calsbeek, 1984
Julie Dykstra, 1985
Leah Calsbeek & Julie Dykstra, 1986
Amber Blankespoor, 1988
Amber Blankespoor, 1989
Betsy Wilgenburg, 1992
Kristine Den Hollander, 1996
Rhonda Volkers, 1999
Rhonda Volkers, 2000
Kristen Kalb, 2006
Molly Krikke, 2007
Rebecca Kamp, 2008
Rebecca Kamp, 2010
Rebecca Kamp, 2011
Lizzie Kamp, 2012
Megan Rietema, 2013
Maggie Kamp, 2014
Maggie Kamp, 2015
Laura Danhoff, 2016
Anna Kamp, 2017
Anna Kamp, 2018

CALVIN MIAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS

Trisha Balkema, 2002
Trisha Balkema, 2003
Kristin DeGroot, 2004
Lauren DeGroot, 2005
Kelsey Sears, 2008
Kristen Zietse, 2013
Keilahna Castillo, 2016
Sarah DeVries, 2018
Aubrey Wrubel, 2019