GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The top-ranked Calvin women's volleyball team claimed a 25-16, 25-19, 25-22 conference victory over visiting Albion Friday night at Van Noord Arena.
The Knights improve to 15-0 overall and hit the halfway point of the MIAA regular season with a 4-0 conference mark.
Calvin hit at a blistering .519 clip in set one led by six kills from senior Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Il./Chicago Christian HS). The Knights cooled down to a .250 hitting percentage in set two. Albion led 18-17 before the Knights pulled away with an 8-1 run to close out the set.
Albion (10-7 overall, 3-2 MIAA) pushed back in set three, building a 17-12 lead. Calvin roared back with an 11-3 run that included three kills by freshman Kelsey Smith (Vienna, Va./Madison HS).
Calvin closed out the match with kills by sophomore Sidney Segard (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville HS) and Kamp.
Kamp led Calvin with 15 kills, eight digs, two aces and a .538 hitting percentage. In doing so, she moved past former teammate Laura Danhof and into ninth place on the Calvin career kills list, bumping her career total to 1,337.
Junior setter Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian HS) had another big match with 12 kills, 23 assists, four block assists, two aces and a hitting percentage of .400. Smith had eight kills and three block assists. Freshman Anna Schriemer (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg HS) talllied 12 assists and eight digs. Senior Keilhana Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville HS) recorded 11 digs, five assists and three aces. Castillo is now sixth on the Calvin career list for digs with 1,472. Freshman Grace Kellogg (Belleville, Mich./Plymouth Christian Academy) added five kills and 10 digs.
As a team, Calvin hit .369.
"We found a way to get the win," said Calvin women's volleyball coach Amber Warners. "Albion is a very good defensive team and they have good offensive players who can do some damage. I give credit to Albion, they didn't make this an easy match even though we won it in three sets. Every team is going to give us their best shot and we need to be prepared for that kind of challenge each and every match."
Calvin returns to action next Wednesday when it travels to Saint Mary's for a 7 p.m. conference match.