ITHACA, N.Y. - The No. 2-ranked Calvin women's volleyball team opened its 2018 season in fine fashion with a pair of three-set victories at the Bomber Invitational hosted by Ithaca College.
Calvin opened the tournament Friday afternoon with a 25-14, 25-20, 25-15 victory over Stevens University (N.J.).
The Knights then met No. 8 Ithaca on its home floor Friday evening and came away with a thrilling 25-20, 25-23, 25-19 triumph.
In the win over Stevens, seven different Knights registered at least one kill. On defense, Calvin had 20 block assists and one block solo.
Senior Anna Kamp (Orland Park, Il./Chicago Christian HS) had a big match with 11 kills, seven digs, four block assists and one service ace. Junior Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian HS) had a big match as well with seven kills, 15 assists, six digs, five block assists and an ace. Senior Keilahna Castillo (Grandville, Mich./Grandville HS) tallied 16 digs and three aces.
Junior Ally Fea (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg HS) had four block assists and three kills. Freshman Grace Kellogg (Belleville, Mich./Plymouth Christian Academy) had four kills, four digs and two aces. Freshman Kelsey Smith (Vienna, Va./Madison HS) had five kills and a pair of digs.
In the win over Ithaca, Calvin used a 6-1 run to close out the 25-20 set one win. In set two, Calvin trailed 18-16 and later 22-21 but rallied behind three kills by Kamp and a block assist between Kamp and sophomore Sydney Segard (Hudonsville, Mich./Hudsonville HS).
Calvin roared out to a 16-8 lead in set three and later led 18-12 but Ithaca rallied with five unanswered points to trail by one. DeVries and Kamp stemmed the tide as DeVries had a pair of kills while Kamp had a kill and a block. Fea also had a key kill in the final stretch as the Knights claimed the win.
Kamp had 12 kills in the win. DeVries had 13 assists, 11 kills, four digs and three block assists. Kellogg had 12 digs, five kills and three aces. Schriemer chalked up 12 assists and five digs.
"I was really happy with our grit and consistent play," said Calvin head coach Amber Warners. "We had a lot of newcomers on the floor and they meshed really well with the veterans. It was a great crowd atmosphere against Ithaca with a DJ and fireworks after the match! They put on a class act and are great hosts."
Calvin will close out the tournament on Saturday with a 1:30 p.m. match against 17th-ranked Juniata College.