by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College-Calvin College volleyball rivalry reaches a milestone this weekend with the teams' 100th match.
The 15th-ranked Flying Dutch (23-5 overall) host the top-ranked Knights (24-1) on Friday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m. at DeVos Fieldhouse.
The result of tonight's match will not count toward the MIAA standings. The five-set match Calvin won on September 22 in Grand Rapids was the league match. The MIAA switched to a single-round format to determine a league champion this season.
The series began in 1978 with Hope and Calvin each claiming 2-1 victories. Calvin leads the series 69-30, including a five-set victory on September 22 in Grand Rapids.
In the first Hope-Calvin match of the season, outside hitter Ana Grunewald led three Flying Dutch in double-digits with 12 kills during the 25-16, 25-23, 19-25, 23-25, 15-7 Calvin victory. Outside hitter Katie Rietberg collected 11 kills, while middle hitter McKenna Otto had 10. Calvin received 19 kills from outside hitter Anna Kamp and 16 from middle hitter/setter Sarah DeVries.
Two of the MIAA's most efficient hitters are on the court tonight. Hope's McKenna Otto tops the league with a .348 hitting percentage. Calvin's Sarah DeVries is second by one one-hundredth of a percentage point.
Hope's Katie Rietberg is ranked fifth in the MIAA at 3.36 kills per set this season. Calvin's Anna Kamp is No. 1 in the league at 4.23 kills per set.
Tickets can be purchased at the door beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Photo by Steven Herppich