MIAA Race Tightens as Rival No. 17 Calvin Tops No. 15 Hope

10/17/2008

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HOLLAND, Mich. - A Division III record crowd was treated to another classic Hope vs. Calvin athletic contest Friday at DeVos Fieldhouse. In a showdown of nationally ranked volleyball teams, the visiting Knights prevailed in five games, 25-20, 23-25, 13-25, 25-18, 15-13.

The Calvin win tightens the MIAA race heading into the final two weeks of the regular season. Hope remains on top of the league standings at 11-1 while Calvin is 10-2.

The crowd of 2,307 established an NCAA Division III regular season attendance mark. The previous mark for a regular season match between Division III teams was 1,850 when Roanoke, Va. defeated Washington & Lee, Va. in October, 2000.

Calvin's win avenged a four-set loss to the Flying Dutch in Grand Rapids. It ended a 14-match winning streak for the Dutch who are now 20-4 on the season.

Three players had double-digit kills for Hope -- Nora Slenk 14, Kara VandeGuchte 13 and Cassidy Bulthuis 11. Five players had double-digit digs -- Meghan Winer 16, Nora Slenk 16, Andrea Helminiak 14, Kristen Johnson 12 and Traci Baker 10. Helminiak had 43 assists. The Flying Dutch served 11 aces led by Traci Baker's four.

Article courtesy of Hope athletics.

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