GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Calvin was pushed to the limit in a second-round matchup with Mount Union. Calvin prevailed, winning the five-set thriller by scores of 25-12, 23-25, 25-21, 24-26 and 25-6.
The Knights jumped out to a 15-4 lead behind a service run from senior Becca Ratkov. This forced a timeout call from Mount Union head coach Leigh Ann Swartz. Mount Union cut Calvin’s lead to 19-10, but kills from senior Lizzie Kamp and Megan Rietema propelled Calvin to an easy first set victory.
Calvin hit .424 in the first set while holding the Purple Raiders to .088.
The second set was tied at 16, 19 and 21. A kill by Mary Tout and a service ace by libero Kristin Gomes gave Mount Union the second-set victory.
Calvin responded in set three and gained an early 13-8 lead. Mount Union came back to tie the set at 14, but three kills from Kamp propelled Calvin to take the third set.
The fourth set started with each team winning eight of the first 16 points. Kamp turned on the offense and had six consecutive kills for the Knights, giving Calvin a five-point cushion. Back-to-back kills by Tout and a service run from setter Sarah Schleich tied the set at 15. Calvin faced three set points in a row and won all three points, once again tying the set at 24. The Purple Raiders won the next two points with kills form Taylor Webb and forced a fifth set.
Two consecutive attack errors by Mount Union gave Calvin the early 2-0 lead in the fifth set. Teams traded sides until junior Krisit Zietse stepped up to the service line with the score 8-6. Seven points later, the match was over.
“We came out to a great start,” Calvin head coach Amber Warners said after the match. “Mount Union really picked up their defense and starting digging, digging and digging.”
Calvin was led by Kamp, who recorded a career-high 29 kills on 70 attack attempts. Rietema dished out a career-high 67 assists while chipping in 15 blocks. She, along with three other Knights, tallied double-digit digs for the match. Maggie Kamp tallied 17 kills and two errors on 34 attempts.
Senior Nicole Snyder led Mount Union with 10 kills in defeat.
Calvin scored seven blocks to Mount Union’s six. The Knights also tallied 80 total kills on the evening compared to just 47 for the Purple Raiders.