ADRIAN, Mich. – The No. 1 Calvin volleyball team swept the Adrian Bulldogs on Tuesday evening, 3-0. The Knights defeated the Bulldogs, 25-21, 25-18, 25-16. Calvin remains perfect at 22-0 on the season and 12-0 in MIAA play, two matches ahead of second-place Hope. Adrian falls to 13-10 and 7-4 in the MIAA. Junior Jenna Lodewyk (Villa Park, Ill./Timothy Christian) surpassed two milestones on Tuesday with her 1000th serve and 3000th career assist.
"We made an important step in the league tonight," said head coach Amber Warners. "Adrian is a really tough team and it is never easy to win there. We really fought hard tonight and picked up a very important victory."
The Knights and Bulldogs found themselves in a battle in the first set with neither team having more than three points of separation from the other. Calvin finally took a four-point lead at the 21-17 mark with a kill by junior Tessa Van Laare (Toronto, Ontario/Toronto District Christian). Adrian would cut the lead to 22-20, but Calvin would close on a 3-1 run, to take the set, 25-21. Sophomore Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) had seven kills in the first set.
Calvin jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the second set behind the serve of junior Kristen Vyletel (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron). The Bulldogs would bite back and tie the set at nine. The Knights would respond with an 8-2 run. The run was propelled by a pair of kills from senior Laura Danhoff (Willard, Ohio/Willard) and freshman Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian). Calvin would take the set, 25-18. Anna Kamp had three total blocks in the second set.
The third set was all Calvin, the serve of junior Emily Blankespoor (Grand Rapids, Mich./South Christian) gave Calvin an early 9-1 lead. Calvin would not allow the Bulldogs to get closer than six points and would take the set, 25-16. The Knights hit .483 in the third set and had six kills from Laura Danhoff.
The Knights held Adrian to a -.010 hitting percentage on Tuesday, the fourth time this season they held an opponent to a negative percentage. Three Knights had double-digit kills on Tuesday, Anna Kamp with 13, Tessa Van Laare with 12 and Laura Danhoff with 10. Jenna Lodewyk finished with 33 assists. Emily Blankespoor led the team with two aces and sophomore Keilahna Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville) had a game-high 13 digs. Sarah DeVries and Anna Kamp both tallied four blocks in the win.
The Knights return to action on Saturday for the final regular-season road match of the season at Kalamazoo.