Nov. 19, 2010
ST. LOUIS, MO - The No. 10 Calvin College Knights advanced to the NCAA Division III volleyball semifinals for the fourth time in school history with a 3-1 (25-21, 25-10, 17-25, 25-17) win over No. 24 University of Massachusetts Boston in the quarterfinals of the 2010 NCAA Tournament on Friday, Nov. 19, at the Washington University Field House in St. Louis, Mo.
The Knights will participate as a part of Division III volleyball's Final Four for the first time since 1992, which was also the last time the championship was held at the Washington University Field House. Calvin will face No. 3 Juniata College in the national semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 3:30 p.m. Juniata swept No. 12 University of St. Thomas earlier on Friday. The loss ends the Beacons magical season with a 30-5 overall record, matching the program-high for wins in a season.
Calvin saw three players register double digit kills, and was led by junior Erin VanderPlas (13 kills, .478) and junior outside hitter Rebecca Kamp (14 kills, .379). The Knights recorded a team hitting percentage of .303 with eight blocks, five of which came courtesy of Rebecca Kamp. Lizzie Kamp was the third Calvin Knight to reach double figures in kills with two, also recording eight digs, an ace and a block.
The Knights controlled much of the early play in the opening set, leading by as many as seven points on two occasions. UMass Boston rallied from seven points down to pull within two, but was never able to fully recover from the slow start.
Freshman outside hitter Amber Clemons registered a kill and an ace as the Beacons used a 5-0 run to bring the score to 21-19, but Calvin setter Megan Rietema found junior middle blocker Renee DeHaan for a quick set on the next point to bring an end to the Beacons surge. Calvin hit .333 in the opening frame with DeHaan finishing the set a perfect 4-for-4 on attack attempts.
The Knights hit .875 as they jumped out to a 10-5 lead to start the second set, only this time they stayed in control of the action and went on to win the frame by 15 points. Calvin finished the second set with a .448 team hitting percentage while limiting the Beacons to -.074. VanderPlas led Calvin's balanced attack in the second set, recording five kills on nine attacks.
Aces from Bethany Rossoll and Corinne Porter helped UMass Boston gain the upper hand to start the third set, as the Beacons led 6-2 in the opening moments. Calvin made a run and pulled within two points following a DeHaan kill, but UMass Boston scored the next five points to increase its lead to 14-7, registering another ace during that run, this time from sophomore Shannon Thompson.
Thompson dominated as the third set progressed, notching eight kills during that frame alone to help her team hit .423 compared to just .115 for Calvin. After hitting in the negative with just four kills in the second set, the Beacons responded with 14 kills and three aces during the eight-point third-set victory.
In the fourth set, two more kills from DeHaan helped the Knights break open the contest and grab a four-point, 11-7 lead. The Beacons climbed back within two as Molly Rattigan and Alexa Sullivan blocked down a Lizzie Kamp attack to make the score 11-9, but kills from Lizzie and Rebecaa Kamp on the next two plays, followed by a Kelly Peterson ace to the far left corner allowed Calvin to build a five-point lead that proved to be too much for UMass Boston to recover from.
Thompson finished the match with 15 kills to lead the Beacon attack and finish the year with 494 kills, a new program record. Sophomore libero Bethany Rossoll notched a team-high 11 digs while sophomore setter Frana Burtness-Adams registered 18 assists in a strong effort.
The UMass Boston volleyball team during a timeout in the 2010 NCAA Divisio III Volleyball Championship.
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