ALBION, Mich. – The No. 1 Calvin volleyball team picked up a 3-0 victory on Friday night at Albion. The Knights bounced the Britons, 25-15, 25-22, 25-13. Calvin improves to 15-0 on the year and 9-0 in MIAA. Albion falls to 11-9 and 2-7 in MIAA play. The Knights have now won 23-straight road matches.
"It is never easy to win on the road," said head coach Amber Warners. "Albion really played well tonight. I am really proud of how we did not give up and fought back in the second set."
The Knights would take an early 3-1 lead in the first set, Albion would fight back and tie the set at six. Sophomore Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) would break the tie with a kill and Calvin would go on an 8-1 run to put the set away. The Knights would take the first set, 25-15.
Calvin found itself in a battle in the second set, Albion would push the lead to 20-12. The serve of junior Kristen Vyletel (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) helped cut the lead to 20-17, with a 5-0 run, including two aces and two kills from senior Laura Danhoff (Willard, Ohio/Willard). The serving of junior Jenna Lodewyk (Villa Park, Ill./Timothy Christian) continued to give the Britons defense issues and propelled Calvin to a 24-22 lead. Anna Kamp closed the set at 25-22 with a kill. The Knights closed the set on a 13-2 run.
The Knights jumped on the Britons early in the third set and would not look back. The serve of sophomore Keilahna Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville) helped give Calvin a 5-0 lead. The Knights would not let the Britons get close the rest of the set. Calvin would cruise to a 25-13 victory in set three. The Knights hit .400 in the set and held the Britons to a -.036 hitting percentage in the third set.
Anna Kamp had a game-high 13 kills on Friday and Laura Danhoff notched 11 kills. Jenna Lodewyk finished with 30 assists in the win and junior Emily Blankespoor (Grand Rapids, Mich./South Christian) recorded three aces. Keilahna Castillo led the Knights with 16 digs and freshman Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian) and junior Tessa Van Laare (Toronto, Ontario/Toronto District Christian) both had three blocks on Friday.
The Knights return to action on Saturday when they resume MIAA play at home against Trine.