GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The No. 6 Calvin volleyball team improved to 11-3 on the year with a 25-16, 25-19, 25-13 victory over Albion on Wednesday night. The Knights stayed atop the MIAA standings at 7-0 with the victory. Albion is now 8-7 and 4-3 in the MIAA.
"I am happy with how we played today," said head coach Dr. Amber Warners. "I was a little worried about a lull coming off of the Hope match. But, we came out with intensity and I was pleased with how we played."
The Knights opened the match on a 9-1 run behind the serve of the junior duo of Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) and Keilahna Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville). Senior Tessa Van Laare (Toronto, Ont./Toronto District Christian) recorded four kills in the run. The Knights would push the lead up to 11 points and cruise to a 25-16 victory in the first set. Tessa Van Laare had seven kills in the first set. The Knights hit .382 as a team in the first set.
The Knights and Britons started off with a tight second set. Leading 9-8, Calvin won the next three points to get some separation. The Britons would cut the Calvin lead to 14-13, but the serve of sophomore Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian) helped push the lead up to 17-13. Senior Kristen Vyletel (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) would shut the door on the set with a service ace at 25-19. Senior Jenna Lodewyk (Villa Park, Ill./Timothy Christian) tallied three aces in the set.
With the third set tied at two, the Knights would go on a 5-0 run behind the serve of Keilahna Castillo. After the Britons cut the Calvin lead to 7-5, the Knights would ring off the next seven points. Sarah DeVries would finish the match at 25-13 with a service ace. DeVries led all players with five kills in the third set.
Sarah DeVries led all players with 14 kills and hit .407 on Wednesday. Tessa Van Laare finished with a season-high 10 kills and finished with four blocks. Freshman Sydney Segard (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) posted a strong showing on Wednesday and finished with a career-high six blocks. Anna Kamp tallied a career-high 15 digs against Albion, Keilahna Castillo stood with 13 digs. Finishing with a match-high three service aces and 31 assists was Jenna Lodewyk.
The Knights hit .314 as a team and held the Britons to a .062 hitting percentage. Calvin has now hit .300 or better four times in 2017. Calvin has strung together a winning streak of 51 matches in MIAA regular season matches.
The Knights will rest this weekend and return to action on Tuesday at Trine.