Kamp sisters work together to add to family legacy with national title
HOLLAND, Mich. -- Two of Lizzie Kamp's sisters will watch her play for an NCAA Division III national volleyball championship on Saturday, while two others will be playing with her.
“All five of us are here,” Lizzie Kamp said. “Before the game I'm texting them and I look forward to seeing them afterward, but during the matches I like to stay in the zone. I don't even look up into the stands.”
Kamp, a 6-foot senior outside hitter at Calvin, is the second in a handful of Kamp sisters.
The oldest Kamp sister, Rebecca, graduated from Calvin last year after being named the 2011 AVCA Division III National Player of the Year, now she is teaching at a St. Louis elementary school. Rebecca and Lizzie Kamp shared a room growing up.
“I definitely look up to Rebecca,” Lizzie Kamp said. “I probably get along best with her. I really liked playing with her and I definitely looked up to her, the way she played on the court and the way we acted off the court.”
The third and fourth sisters in the Kamp clan are also members of the Knights squad that will play St. Thomas (Minn.) on Saturday in the NCAA Championship. Stacey Kamp is a 5-11 sophomore outside hitter on the Calvin roster while Maggie is a 6-2 freshman outside hitter.
Lizzie and Maggie Kamp each had 15 kills on Friday as the Knights defeated Christoper Newport 3-1 in semifinal action.
The youngest Kamp sister, Anna, is a sophomore at Chicago Christian High School.
“It is definitely a blessing to be able to share my volleyball experience with my sisters,” Lizzie Kamp said. “It makes it so much more special. You know they have your back and you know you always have a best friend – or two – on the team.”
First-team All-American Lizzie Kamp, an accounting major, was named a second-team academic All-American.
“This is another special thing we get to share as a family,” Lizzie Kamp said. “This is a very cool way to celebrate with the people I love most in the world.”
Calvin won the NCAA Division III national championship in 2010. Now three Kamp sisters are playing for a national championship together.
“We realize how important this time together is. This time is precious,” Stacey Kamp said. “We used to play together in the backyard.”