No. 1 Volleyball Goes Undefeated at Midwest Invitational

No. 1 Volleyball Goes Undefeated at Midwest Invitational

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The No. 1 ranked Calvin volleyball team improved to 21-0 on the season with a pair of victories at the Midwest Invitational. The Knights picked up a 3-0 victory over Wheaton on Saturday morning and edged Ohio Wesleyan, 3-1. Calvin swept the Thunder, 25-13, 25-17, 25-21. The Knights bounced the Battling Bishops, 25-11, 17-25, 25-21, 25-17. Calvin finished the Midwest Invitational as the only undefeated team at 4-0 on the weekend. Sophomore Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) was named to the Midwest Invitational All-Tournament Team. Kamp tallied 50 kills and averaged 3.85 kills-per-set, she also had the third-best hitting percentage in the tournament at .328.

"I am so proud of how the team responded today," said head coach Amber Warners. "We played two quality teams today. We had some really impressive performances across the board today when the pressure was at its highest."

The first set started off tight between the Knights and Thunder. Trailing 8-7, Calvin would go on a 5-0 run to take a 12-8 lead. The run was anchored by two kills from senior Laura Danhoff (Willard, Ohio/Willard). Calvin would push away from Wheaton and close the set on a 6-0 run to win, 25-13. Anna Kamp and Laura Danhoff both had five kills in the first set.

The Knights broke the second set open at the 6-6 mark with a 4-0 run. Wheaton would cut the lead to one on three occasions but the Knights would not give the lead up. Leading 15-14, Calvin would go on a 5-1 run to secure the set. Calvin would take the second set, 25-17.

Calvin jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third set, with help from the of the serve of junior Emily Blankespoor (Grand Rapids, Mich./South Christian). The Thunder would rally back and take an 8-6 lead. Trailing 15-14, the Knights would string off three-straight points to take a 17-15 lead. Wheaton would tie the set at 21, then freshman Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian) would break the tie with two-straight kills. The Knights would take the set, 25-21.

Anna Kamp had her fourth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 10 digs. Laura Danhoff finished the match with 11 kills. Jenna Lodewyk tallied 32 assists and three aces. Sophomore Keilahna Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville) had a season-high 19 digs. Both Sarah DeVries and Freshman Ally Fea (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) notched a career-high five blocks against Wheaton.

The first set against Ohio Wesleyan was all Calvin. The Knights jumped out to an early 8-2 lead, with the help of two kills from Laura Danhoff. Calvin would extend the lead at 10-5 with a 6-0 run on the serve of Jenna Lodewyk to push the lead to 16-5. Calvin would go on to tack the set at 25-11. The Knights hit. 500 in the first set, Anna Kamp led all players with seven kills.

The Battling Bishops battled back and took control of the second set early. OWU took an early 7-2 lead and held onto the set the rest of the way. Calvin would cut the lead to three on two occasions, but the Battling Bishops would take the set, 25-17.

Ohio Wesleyan jumped out to a quick start again in the third set, with a 4-0 start. Calvin would not back down however, and would tie the set at four. The Battling Bishops would go on to take the next three points before Calvin stormed back to take a 9-8 lead, behind the serve of Kristen Vyletel. The two teams would tie the set three times and OWU would go on a 5-0 run to take a 16-11 lead. Trailing 18-12, Calvin dug deep and went on a 6-0 run to tie the set at 18. The run was aided by kills from Jenna Lodewyk, junior Tessa Van Laare (Toronto, Ontario/Toronto District Christian) and Laura Danhoff. The Battling Bishops would take the next two points, but it would be all Calvin from there, with the Knights closing the set on a 7-1 run to win 25-21. Defense played a key role in the comeback and the Knights were up to the task. Sophomore Rachel Herrera (Schererville, Ind./Illiana Christian) recorded a career-high six digs off of the bench and the Knights forced eight attacking errors for OWU.

In the fourth set, Calvin would start off hot and take a 7-2 lead behind a balanced offensive attack. Ohio Wesleyan would cut the Calvin lead to 12-10, but that would be as close as the Battling Bishops would get. Calvin put the set away with a 7-1 run to take a 19-11 lead and take the set 25-17. Tessa Van Laare and Anna Kamp both finished the set with four kills.

Anna Kamp finished with a game-high 14 kills, Jenna Lodewyk had a career-high 10 kills and 37 assists. Kristen Vyletel and Emily Blankespoor both recorded three aces. Laura Danhoff led the Knights with two blocks and Keilahna Castillo had a team-high 12 digs.

Jenna Lodewyk had the highest hitting percentage in the entire tournament at .432 on the weekend, she also averaged the second-most assists at 10.69 per-set. Kristen Vyletel had a tournament-high nine aces.

In other Midwest Invitational matches, No. 17 Elmhurst upset No. 5 Hope, 3-1 and beat then was upset by Heidelberg, 3-2. Heidelberg downed Clarkson, 3-1. No. 5 Hope rallied to defeat Clarkson, 3-2. Wheaton defeated Ohio Wesleyan in a thriller, 3-2.

Anna Kamp was joined on the all-tournament team with Shelby Knowles of Wheaton, Sarah Parker of Heidelberg, Melissa Nava of Elmhurst, Alexis Thompson of Hope, Rachael Aird of Clarkson and Iris Anderson of Ohio Wesleyan

The Knights return to action on Tuesday when they resume MIAA action at Adrian.