No. 1 Calvin rolls to pair of victories
Roundup: No. 5 Eastern outlasts No. 8 Christopher Newport
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Top-ranked and undefeated Calvin knocked off No. 10 Carthage on Friday night at the Midwest Invitational by scores of 25-9, 25-20, 25-13. The Knights improve 21-0 this year and 4-0 against nationally-ranked opponents this year.
Calvin hit .420 as a team and received huge performances from senior Erin VanderPlas, senior Rebecca Kamp and junior Lizzie Kamp. VanderPlas had 13 kills and a .600 hitting percentage. Rebecca Kamp had 11 kills and five block assists while Lizzie Kamp had a match-high 14 kills to go with a .480 hitting percentage. Sophomore Megan Rietema was also superb with 46 assists along with four block assists.
Earlier in the day, the No. 1 Knights continued their unbeaten season with a three-set victory against a feisty squad from St. Benedict, winning by scores of 25-12, 25-22, and 25-18.
The Knights had a solid performance from the front lines in converting 38 of 89 hit attempts (.303 hit percentage) and racking up 11 total blocks for the match to St. Benedict’s 3. Senior Rebecca Kamp led the Knights with 12 kills, followed by fellow senior Erin Vanderplas who totaled 8 kills. Senior Renee DeHaan and junior Lizzie Kamp both added 7 kills each from the attack as well.
The key edge for the match came from the service line, where Calvin managed to accumulate a whopping ten service aces with only 6 errors.
No. 5 Eastern 3, No. 8 Christopher Newport 2
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Last year, Eastern's season ended with a heartbreaking loss in the NCAA tournament to Christopher Newport in five sets. The Eagles (22-1) and the Captains (23-4) needed all five rounds again in this year's rematch. However, this time, the No. 5 Eagles ended up on top, defeating the No. 8 Captains 25-23, 15-25, 25-19, 23-25, 15-7.
Eastern sophomore Kearby Benak delivered the game-ending blow with her 15th kill of the match. With Benak serving in the fifth set, the Eagles rallied to score eight consecutive points and forced CNU to call two timeouts during that stretch.
Courtney Reinhold led the Eagles with 21 kills and hit .308 while Lauren Sproless contributed 15 kills and hit a team-high .333. Senior Maria Horning captained the offense as she led Eastern with a match-high 53 assists.
In the match, Eastern hit .211 in the five sets with 26 errors while CNU hit .206 with 16 errors. The lower than usual hitting percentages of both teams reflected the defensive nature of the game.
Maria Horning lead the Eagles with 32 digs, good for seventh on the school's all-time single game list. Kelly Groff and Kearby Benak added 21 digs each for the Eagles.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.