No. 1 Calvin drops first match of season in five-set thriller at No. 2 Hope
HOLLAND, Mich. -- For the second time this season, the top two teams in the nation faced off in an MIAA matchup as Calvin and Hope met at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. Calvin entered the contest with a perfect record of 24-0, 12-0 in the MIAA. The Flying Dutch, meanwhile, were 23-1 and 11-1 in conference, looking to avenge the only loss they’ve suffered so far this season, a three-set sweep at the hands of the Knights on September 17.
Both teams were coming off perfect weekends in the co-hosted Midwest Volleyball Challenge. Calvin swept all four of its opponents while Hope was taken to five sets in two contests, against No. 6 Elmhurst and No. 13 Wittenberg.
Friday night, both teams showed why they were the top teams in the country in a back-and-forth battle. In the end, it was Hope who would defend its home court, rallying from a two-sets-to-one deficit to earn a thrilling five-set victory by scores of 25-17, 22-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-7.
Sophomore Maggie Kamp led Calvin with 16 kills while Freshman Laura Danhoff added 15. Senior Megan Rietema had 39 assists, 13 digs and nine kills for the Knights, while senior Kristin Zietse had 12 digs.
Anna Lynch led the Flying Dutch with 16 kills while Courtney Earles and Jenna Grasmeyer each added 12.
The victory by Hope snapped an eight-match losing streak against Calvin. Hope hit .455 in the decisive fifth set compared to .000 for the Knights. Calvin had five kills in set five, but also had five errors.