No. 3 Volleyball Downs Two Top-10 Teams

No. 3 Volleyball Downs Two Top-10 Teams

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – The No. 3 Calvin Volleyball team improved to 10-0 on the year with two victories on Saturday at the Wittenberg Fall Classic. The Knights started the day with a 3-0 sweep over No. 5 Juniata, 25-23, 25-21, 28-26 and closed the day with a 3-1 victory over host No. 8 Wittenberg 21-25, 29-27, 25-21, 25-21. Senior Laura Danhoff (Willard, Ohio/Willard) was named to the all-tournament team. Danhoff recorded her 1000th kill at the Wittenberg Fall Classic.

"We showed incredible tenacity today," said Amber Warners. "No matter what things looked like. They left everything out on the court, mentally, emotionally and physically. They played for each other and risked today."

The Knights jumped on Juniata early in the first set and took a 5-2 lead. Juniata would tie the set at seven and the two teams would see five ties before Juniata would take a 15-11 lead. The Knights would respond with a 6-0 run behind the serve of Laura Danhoff. With the set tied at 18, Calvin would get some separation with a 4-0 run from which they would not look back and take the set 25-23.

Calvin would lead the entire second set against Juniata. The Knights biggest lead would be six at 11-5. Laura Danhoff had six kills in the second set and junior Jenna Lodewyk (Villa Park, Ill./Timothy Christian) had two service aces.

The Knights would rally in the third set, after trailing 14-8 the Knights would fight back a chip away at the lead until they tied the set at 23. The two teams would exchange the lead until the set was tied at 26. Sophomore Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) broke the tie with a kill and the Knights would win the set with a block from freshman Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian) and Anna Kamp.

Laura Danhoff had a game-high 13 kills and Anna Kamp notched 12 kills. Jenna Lodewyk recorded 29 assists in the win. Sophomore Keilahna Castillo had 11 digs and Sarah DeVries tallied four total blocks.

"I thought this weekend was an awesome test for us," said Danhoff. "The fight and determination that we brought every game was amazing. I thought that our defense was incredible this tournament. Coach gives us the analogy of 'going to war together' not that volleyball is the equivalent of war, I felt like we did just that. When times were tough and we were down, we rallied together and fought hard. This team is really something special and I'm blessed to be a part of it."

The Knights would drop their first set against Wittenberg and it was the first time that the Knights have dropped a set since the first match of the year against Millikin.

Calvin would find itself in a first in the second set. The set include 13 ties. Wittenberg would lead 12-7, but Calvin would not go away and would keep chipping away until the set was tied at 20. With the set tied at 27, Laura Danhoff would record one of 10 kills in the set. Sarah DeVries ended the set with a kill.

With the third set tied at 15, the Knights would take the lead and they would not give it back. Calvin would go on a 6-3 run to close the set and win 25-21. Anna Kamp and Laura Danhoff both had four kills in the set.

The fourth set saw the Tigers and Knights fight to the end. Calvin would take an 11-7 lead before Wittenberg would fight back and tie the set at 12. With the set tied at 16, Calvin would push away with a 4-0 run behind the serve of Keilahna Castillo. Anna Kamp would seal the 25-21 victory with a kill.

Laura Danhoff finished with a career-high 20 kills and recorded her 1000th kill this weekend.

"This wouldn't be possible without my teammates throughout these four years," said Danhoff. "This is a team honor. I couldn't have asked for better setters than Megan Rietema and Jenna Lodewyk."

Anna Kamp had 14 kills and junior Tessa Van Laare (Toronto, Ontario/Toronto District Christian) had 11. Jenna Lodewyk recorded 46 assists.

Calvin had four players with double-digit digs. Keilahna Castillo had a team-high 17, Anna Kamp had a career-high 13, and junior Kristen Vyletel (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and junior Emily Blankespoor (Grand Rapids, Mich./South Christian) both finished with 15.

Sarah DeVries notched a career-high five total blocks.

Calvin has won 19-straight road matches. The streak goes back to 2014, when the Knights lost to No. 1 Hope on Sept. 20, 2014.

The Knights return to action on Friday when they resume MIAA action against the Kalamazoo Hornets.