By Jeff VanderPloeg
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Knights welcomed in the league leading Trine Thunder on Tuesday night for a conference volleyball match. Trine came in at 12-6 overall, and 3-0 in the conference. Calvin entered at 13-1, 2-0 in the conference.
Calvin established a lead early in the first set behind good defense including blocks from Sarah DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northpointe Christian HS) and a diving dig from Grace Kellogg (Belleville, Mich./Plymouth Christian HS). Calvin built the lead to 14-6 before Trine head coach Jamie Wozniak called her first timeout of the game. Kellogg and Devries propelled Calvin's offense as well. Calvin won the first set 25-12, dominating in accuracy. Calvin hit .571 in the first set, whereas Trine hit .038.
The momentum stayed with the Knights in the second set, grabbing a quick 9-2 lead. Wozniak called another timeout after two unforced errors where Trine had a ball out of position that just needed to be played over the net and failed to hit it in the right direction. Trine grabbed some momentum out of the timeout, tightening it to 9-5 after consecutive kills from junior Madison Munger. Between Munger and junior Sarah Toles, Trine kept it close the whole set. The Knights would recover and take the second set 25-22, getting the final point on a well-timed tip from sophomore Anna Schriemer (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg HS).
The Thunder started the third set hot, taking a 6-1 lead behind tips from junior Jacqueline Baughman and aces from junior libero Lindsey Decamp. Calvin responded, taking a 9-8 lead in the set after some aces from Kellogg. After a Trine timeout, Calvin kept the momentum going. Senior Ally Fea (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg HS) entered the game and recorded two kills as a part of a run that saw the Knights amass a 21-14 lead. Devries and Kellogg paced the Calvin offense down the stretch, but it was sophomore Kelsey Smith (Vienna, Va./Madison HS) getting the final kill to win it, 25-17, for Calvin.
Offensively, the Knights were led by DeVries who scored 13 kills and 17 assists, hitting .464 on the night. Schriemer assisted on 19 of Calvin's 47 kills, while she also tallied three kills of her own on three timely tips. Smith, Kellogg, and freshman Heidi Westra (Clarendon Hills, Il./Timothy Christian HS) also added 9, 7, and 7 kills respectively. Freshman libero Aubrey Wrubel (Jenison, Mich./Jenison HS) patrolled the back line effectively for the Knights, digging 26 Thunder attacks.
Calvin moves to 14-1 and a share of the MIAA lead with Albion at 3-0. Trine drops to 12-7 overall and second place in the conference at 3-1.
COACHES COMMENT: "I thought we came out with a lot of intensity, controlling the tempo, which is exactly what we wanted to do," Calvin head coach Amber Warners said. "I thought we were aggressive on our serving and did a nice job on our passing, which kept us in our system."
UP NEXT: Calvin heads to Albion this Friday at 6:30 p.m..