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Hope Wins Division III Volleyball National Championship

For the third time in five years, the MIAA is home to the nation's top Division III volleyball team.

MIAA co-champion Hope won its first volleyball national championship Monday afternoon by defeating Emory, Ga. in a five-set battle in Newport News, Va. The Flying Dutch won the match 21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 15-8.

The Eagles forced a fifth and deciding set by rallying from a 14-7 deficit in the fourth set, but Hope opened the final set with seven consecutive points and withstood an Emory rally for the win.

Senior All-MIAA outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer recorded a match-high 22 kills to lead the Flying Dutch (34-2). Hope’s all-time leader in kills and three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association first team All-American was named the championship’s Most Outstanding Player.

Senior outside hitter Amy VanderStoep totaled a career-high 19 kills and earned all-tournament honors. Junior setter Lauren Hazekamp, who totaled a career-high 58 assists, also made the all-tournament team. Senior Anna Lynch chipped in 16 kills, including the championship-clinching point.

The national championship is the third team national title for Hope (the others were in women's basketball in 1990 and 2006) and the 22nd overall team national title for the MIAA.

Monday, November 24 - NCAA National Championship at Newport News, Va.
Hope def. Emory, Ga. 21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 15-8

Saturday, November 22 - NCAA Semifinals at Newport News, Va.
Hope def. Calvin 28-26, 25-18, 25-14

Friday, November 21 - NCAA Quarterfinals at Newport News, Va.
Hope def. Clarkson, N.Y. 25-16, 25-21, 25-20
Calvin def. Christopher Newport, Va. 25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 25-16 



 

Trine Men's Lacrosse Assists Local Family With Special Needs Kids

The Trine men's lacrosse team took part in a service project to an assist an Angola family with two special needs children over the weekend.

The team spent Saturday morning volunteering for Jon Seeman and Kelly Butler, whose daughter, Brooklyn, is affected with Rett Syndrome and son, Boston, is affected with Down Syndrome. The student-athletes spent the morning installing a hot tub, performing yard work, helping make the home more accessible for the children, and helping perform other household tasks for the family. The work performed will help make the home a better environment for each of the children and be a big boost to the family.

The highlight of the day came when the team presented Brooklyn and Boston with signed Trine lacrosse jerseys. The team even serenaded Brooklyn with some One Direction tunes, one of the child's favorite bands.

The team also signed cards for Girl Power 2 Cure, a foundation dedicated to raising awareness and funds for treatments and a cure for Rett Syndrome.

Rett Syndrome is a non-inherited, post-natal neurological disorder that causes impairments affecting the ability to speak, walk and eat. Its hallmarks are near constant, repetitive hand movements while awake. The condition affects mostly girls, and is rarely seen in boys.

The Thunder are in the early stages of planning a benefit game for Rett Syndrome in the spring. Information on the benefit will be released when details are finalized.

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Players of the Week            

Men's Basketball
Player of the Week: D.J. Beckman, Alma
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Women's Basketball
Player of the Week: Ariana Paul, Saint Mary's
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Calvin 9th, Hope 23rd at Women's Cross Country Nationals; Knights' Vince Finishes 3rd ; Calvin Men 21st

Calvin posted its second consecutive top-10 national finish, placing ninth at the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championships at Kings Island, Ohio with a team score of 280 points. Hope placed 23rd with a team score of 591.

Calvin sophomore and MIAA Most Valuable Runner Cassie Vince led the charge by finishing third individually with a time of 21:30. The finish by Vince is the second-best in MIAA women's cross country history at the national finals, surpassed only by Calvin's Renea Bluekamp, who won the 1993 individual national title in Grinnell, Iowa.

With the third place finish, Vince claims Division III All-America honors for the second straight year. She finished 23rd at the 2013 championships.

Three other MIAA runners finished among the top 100 runners. Calvin's Lauren Strohbehn was 51st in 22:45.8, Alma's Kaitlyn Arnold was 68th in 22:57.9 and Calvin's Kimby Penning 99th in 23:13.8.

Calvin placed 21st in the men's national championship race, with MIAA Most Valuable Runner Zac Nowicki being the only runner to crack the men's top 100 with a 90th-place finish.

Saturday, November 22 - NCAA Division III National Cross Country Meet at Wilmington, Ohio

Women's Team Scores: 1. Johns Hopkins, Md. 87. 2. Mass. Institute of Technology 112. 3. St. Lawrence, N.Y. 138. 4. Washington-St. Louis, Mo. 180. 5. Geneseo State, N.Y. 212. 9. Calvin 280. 23. Hope 591.

Top MIAA Runners: 3. Cassie Vince, Calvin, 21:30.2. 51. Lauren Strohbehn, Calvin, 22:45.8. 68. Kaitlyn Arnold, Alma, 22:57.9. 99. Kimby Penning, Calvin, 23:13.8. 101. Sarah Danner, Calvin, 23:15.4.

Men's Team Scores: 1. North Central, Ill. 130. 2. St. Olaf, Minn. 143. 3. Wis.-La Crosse 188. T4. Washington-St. Louis. Mo. 192. 4. Colby, Me. 192.  21. Calvin 522.

Top MIAA Runners: 90. Zac Nowicki, Calvin, 25:16.7. 120. Ben Zank, Hope, 25:29.0. 138. Nathan VanHaitsma, Calvin, 25:34.4. 141. Josh Ferguson, Calvin, 25:35.2. 144. Steven Haagsma, Calvin, 25:35.5.

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Calvin's Vegter, Kalamazoo's Mailing Named To Academic All-America Soccer Teams

Two MIAA student-athletes - Calvin's Travis Vegter and Kalamazoo's Lucy Mailing - have been named to the Capital One Division III Academic All-America soccer teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). 

Vegter, who was the MIAA's Most Valuable Player in men's soccer this fall, was named to the men's Academic All-America second team, while Mailing was a second team Academic All-America women's selection.

Vegter  (pictured left), a senior from Hudsonville (Unity Christian HS), led the MIAA in scoring this season with 19 goals and 44 points in conference play. He carries a 3.41 grade point average as a biology major. He was a first-team Academic All-America selection last season.

Mailing (pictured right), a junior from West Bloomfield (Birmingham Groves HS), was a first team All-MIAA goalkeeper for the Hornets this season, playing every minute of every game and posting a 0.74 goals against average in conference play. A biology major at Kalamazoo, she holds a 3.95 grade point average.

In order to be selected as Academic All-America, a student-athlete must possess at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be at least a sophomore in academic and athletic standing. He or she must also be a starter or key reserve on the team. 

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Calvin's Michmerhuizen Named To NCAA Today's Top Ten List

Recent Calvin graduate and former NCAA track and field national champion Nicole Michmherhuizen has been named a recipient of the Today's Top 10 Award by the NCAA.

Michmerhuizen, who was the 2014 recipient of the MIAA's Sheila Wallace Kovalchik Award as the conference's most outstanding senior female scholar-athlete, is one of 10 former student-athletes who will be honored at the NCAA Convention in January in Washington, D.C. for their extraordinary accomplishments athletically, in the classroom and in the community.

A five-time Division III All-American in track and field and cross country, Michmerhuizen won the Division III individual national championship 10,000 meter run in 2013. The former team captain led her team to four MIAA championships in track and field and three MIAA titles in cross country. 

During her time at Calvin, she received three Capital One Academic All-America honors and multiple academic scholarship awards, including the 2014 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and the 2013-14 Goldwater Research Scholarship, for pursuing DNA research on diabetes as an undergraduate student.

She presented research at the Annual Biophysical Society Meetings in Philadelphia in 2013 and San Francisco in 2014, and has published research articles in the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Virology and Biophysical Journal.

Michmerhuizen also spent time working in her community, teaching Sunday school and volunteering with a homeless shelter, the Special Olympics and the West Michigan food bank.

Michmerhuizen is currently a graduate student at the University of Michigan pursuing her master's and Ph.D.

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