GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The No. 6 ranked Calvin volleyball team posted a 4-0 record at the Midwest Invitational this weekend. On Saturday, the Knights defeated Elmhurst 3-0 and Ithaca 3-1. The Maroon and Gold are now 19-3 on the year. Senior Jenna Lodewyk and junior Anna Kamp were named to the all-tournament team.
"I am pleased with how we played this weekend," said head coach Dr. Amber Warners. "We were challenged this weekend and the team responded positively. There were a lot positives from this weekend and we are excited to get back to work on Monday."
The serve of Jenna Lodewyk (Villa Park, Ill./Timothy Christian) broke open the first set. Leading 9-8, Calvin won the next seven points behind the serve of Lodewyk. The Knights closed the set on a 5-1 run to win 25-13. Calvin held Elmhurst to a -.061 hitting percentage in the first set. Jenna Lodewyk had three service aces for Calvin in the first set.
A pair of service aces from senior Kristen Vyletel (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) gave the Knights separation in the second set. With the set tied at 11, the Knights broke away with a 5-1 run. Leading 16-14, Calvin used a 5-0 run to close the door on the set and win 25-17.
The Knights started the third set with an 8-2 run with the serve of senior Emily Blankespoor (Grand Rapids, Mich./South Christian) and Kristen Vyletel. The Knights cruised the rest of the set to win 25-12.
Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) led all players on Saturday with 16 kills and 13 digs. Jenna Lodewyk had 31 assists, 10 digs and three assists. Sophomore Ally Fea (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) recorded three blocks against Elmhurst and junior Keilahna Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville) led Calvin with four service aces.
Calvin opened the Ithaca match with a 15-0 run. The serve of Kristen Vyletel gave the Bombers issues to open the match. Calvin easily won the set at 25-6. The six points is the second fewest points Calvin has given up in a set this year. Calvin only allowed five points against Kalamazoo.
The Bombers took an early 5-3 lead in the second set. The Knights rode the serve of Kristen Vyletel again to take the lead back at 8-5. Ithaca rallied from a five point deficit to take the lead back at 20-18 and took the set at 25-21.
Ithaca rode the momentum of the second set victory into the third set and pushed the lead to 13-8. The Knights responded with a 6-1 run to tie the set at 14. The Bombers extended the lead to 22-18 before Calvin would catch fire and close the set on a 7-1 run. Sarah DeVries had two kills in the run.
Leading the fourth set 7-5, Calvin broke the set open with a 5-1 run. The Knights cruised in the fourth and closed the set on a 4-1 run, to win the set 25-14.
Tessa Van Laare led all players with 13 kills on Saturday, hitting .370 against the Bombers. Sarah DeVries was a force at the net with a career-high nine blocks and 12 kills. Jenna Lodewyk led the match with 35 assists and 15 digs.
The Knights posted a season-high 13 blocks on Saturday.
Calvin finished the Midwest Invitational as the only undefeated team. Calvin led the tournament in blocks with 31, service aces with 39 and held opponents to a .083 hitting percentage.
The Knights return to action on Tuesday against Alma.