Calvin defeats Puget Sound 3-1 in quarterfinals, moves on to semifinals
HOLLAND, Mich. – Calvin dominated the final two sets Thursday in defeating Puget Sound 25-22, 23-25, 25-15, 25-10 during the NCAA quarterfinal at DeVos Fieldhouse.
The Knights, who won the 2010 national championship, will take on 2011 national runner-up Christopher Newport (40-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The first two sets were evenly played. The first set was tied nine times before national Division III Player of the Year Lizzie Kamp got going. Kamp had four kills during an 8-2 run that gave Calvin a 17-11 lead. The Loggers (22-6) battled back to within two points on three occasions, but Calvin freshman Maggie Kamp closed out the set with a cross-court kill.
In the second set, Puget Sound’s strong serving helped the Loggers build a 17-10 lead. Calvin pulled to within 23-22 on a tandem block by Rebecca Ratkov and Megan Rietema. However, Marissa Florant’s kill pulled Puget Sound even at a set apiece.
The Knights seized control of the match in the third set, jumping out to a 7-3 lead and extending it from there, hitting .375 for the set.
Calvin then scored the first six points in the fourth set and Puget Sound never recovered.
“I think we served more aggressively [in the final two sets]. Our passing was more on. When our passing is on and [Rietema] can be offensive, it really throws the [opposing] defense and the block off,” Calvin head coach Amber Warners said.
Lizzie Kamp led the Knights with 18 kills and 14 digs while Emily Crowe had 11 kills and a hitting percentage of .500. Rietema, who joined Lizzie Kamp as first-team All-Americans, had nine kills, 41 assists, 13 digs and five blocks, while Kristen Zietze had 16 digs.
“Calvin is really a great team. They have a lot of firepower. We knew that coming in,” Puget Sound head coach Mark Massey said. “One of the keys for us was to serve very effectively, and pass to all our options in our offense. I thought we played two outstanding games [to start the match].”
Florant and Jackie Harvey led the Loggers with 10 kills each. Jenni Brehove dished out 38 assists and added 10 digs while libero Christina Chun had 16 digs before leaving the match because of an injury in the fourth set.