Nov. 19, 2010

By Jim Faasen
Special to

For Calvin College coach Amber Warners, Friday's Division III national volleyball quarterfinal match was all about fundamentals.

"I thought that we served very aggressively and passed very well the first second and fourth sets," Warners said. "I think that was the difference as we stayed consistent longer."

The Knights beat the University of Massachusetts-Boston 25-21, 25-10, 17-25, 25-17 at Washington University and will meet Juniata College in Saturday's semifinals.

Calvin (Grand Rapids, Mich.) led from start to finish in set one. The Knights rode three straight attack errors to a 19-14 lead before the Massachusetts-Boston (30-5) closed the gap.

In the end, it was just too much of the Knights, though, as a Megan Rietema block and Rebecca Kamp's kill ended the game.

Set two featured Calvin turning things up a notch in rolling to the 25-10 win.

Some of the highlights included a flick into open court by Rietema to make it 13-5, a block by Lizzie Kamp and Rietema for the 19-8 lead and a resounding kill by Erin Vander Plas to end the game.

"It's great having a 6-2 freshman (in Rietema)," Warners said. "She gets the ball up there so high (on sets) and she is so good in helping with blocking."

In the third set, the Beacons returned the favor in rolling to the 25-17 triumph. Corrine Porter put Massachusetts-Boston up 6-2 and the Beacons rolled from there. Shannon Thompson recorded three resounding kills to make the score 17-11, 20-13 and 23-17 before an attack error by Lizzie Kamp ended the game at 25-17.

In game four, it was neck-and-neck until three straight net violations by the Beacons turned a tie into the 8-5 Calvin lead. From there, the Knights pulled ahead 17-10 on a Rebecca Kamp kill and won the set 25-17.

Rebecca Kamp led Calvin (30-4) with 14 kills while Vander Plas added 13. Rietema's 37 assists were also a team-high.