No. 1 Calvin breezes by Albion
Knights open on 16-0 run, clinch third set on eight-point surge
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- In its home and conference opener, the top-ranked Calvin Knights rolled by Albion for a three-set victory (25-3, 25-14, 25-19).
Calvin opened the first set on a roll, scoring 16 consecutive points before the Britons got on the board. Sophomore Kristi Zietse served 15 of the points, giving the Knights a commanding lead. Calvin didn't stop there, as sophomore Jen Pluymert added another service run while the Knights’ front row was also strong, hitting a collective .609 in the first set.
Coach Amber Warners was pleased with the teams' focus the first set.
“I thought we came out and played with a lot of intensity, which is something we always highlight,” she said.
The Britons got scrappier and forced two tighter, starting as Calvin’s hitters were limited to a .138 hitting percentage in the second set. The Knights still managed a 25-14 victory.
For the first time in the match, the Knights played from behind for a significant portion in the third set, including trailing 19-17. But with Pluymert at the service line, the Knights rattled off eight unanswered points to take the final set 25-19.
All 17 players on the roster saw significant playing time for the Knights, a point -- along with serving -- that were strong areas Tuesday.
“We’ve really stressed placement on our serves, and we executed that well tonight,” Warners said.
Rebecca Kamp led the Knights in attacking with a .438 hitting percentage and eight kills. Megan Rietema delivered 27 assists and Kelly Peterson contributed five digs.