Calvin's Warners Named National Division III Volleyball Coach of the Year
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has named Calvin coach Amber Warners its 2014 AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year.
It's the fourth time in the last five years Warners has been the Division III Coach of the Year. She was also honored in 2010, 2012 and last year.
Under Warners' direction, the Knights won a share of the MIAA championship, won the conference tournament, advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals for the third straight year and earned its 11th consecutive trip to the Division III Tournament. She had earlier been named the Division III Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year.
Overall in her impressive 14-year collegiate career, Warners has a record of 415-76 for a winning percentage of .845, which is second among active NCAA Division III coaches. The Knights concluded the 2014 campaign with an overall record of 31-4. The Knights were ranked No. 3 in the final AVCA Top 25 coaches poll, and reached the top spot for six weeks during the season. The Knights ranked No. 1 in the MIAA in hitting percentage (.296), assists (12.9 per set) and kills (14.10). The .296 hitting percentage also led the nation.
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Players of the Week
Former Briton Greenwood Signs With Ravens
Former Albion cornerback and 2011 MIAA Defensive Most Valuable Player Chris Greenwood has been signed to the active roster of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.
Greenwood, a fifth-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 2012, was signed Wednesday by the Ravens off the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad. He had been practicing with the Vikings since being cut by the Lions toward the end of training camp.
Greenwood signed with Baltimore after the Ravens placed two defensive backs, cornerback Asa Jackson and safety Terrence Brooks, on injured reserve with knee injuries. He played in the Lions' final three regular season games last season, making six tackles.
Hope Cornerback To Receive Morley Fraser Award
Hope College football player Kirby Crook has been chosen the
2014 NCAA Division III recipient in Michigan of the Morley Fraser
Award, given to a collegiate football player who demonstrates
academic achievement, football ability and leadership.
The Morley Fraser Award is presented annually by the Awards
Committee of the Michigan Chapter of the National Football
Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Crook is Hope's second
consecutive winner, following quarterback Michael Atwell
Crook led all MIAA players with seven interceptions during the 2014 season, and was named an All-MIAA first team defensive back by the league's coaches. He finished sixth on the Flying Dutchmen with 49 tackles.
Albion Women's Soccer Player Gives Boost To New Community Food Hub
Albion junior Alice LaLone has known for some time
that she wants an agriculture-focused business career.
Click here to read more about Alice LaLone and the Albion Food Hub project.
MIAA, CCIW Announce Second Year of Football Agreement
The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and the
College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) will play the
second of two installments of a football scheduling agreement in
"The MIAA football teams are looking forward to the strong competition that the CCIW will present us in this final season of the scheduling agreement,” Allen-Cook said. “It has been a great opportunity for our programs to challenge ourselves early on in the season."
Last season, the MIAA/St. Norbert posted a 4-4 record against
the CCIW with wins by Adrian, Alma, Hope and Trine.
The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association is the nation's oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private liberal arts colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Mary's College and Trine University. During the 2013-14 academic year, the conference recognized more than 1,000 Academic Honor Roll members, 16 CoSIDA Academic All-American selections and three NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients.The College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) was founded in 1946 and currently services eight member institutions including Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.), Carthage College (Kenosha, Wis.), Elmhurst College (Elmhurst, Ill.), Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, Ill.), Millikin University (Decatur, Ill.), North Central College (Naperville, Ill.), North Park University (Chicago, Ill.) and Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.). During the 2013-14 academic year, the CCIW honored over 1,400 academic all-conference recipients, 14 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, 33 CoSIDA Academic All-District recipients and 87 all-Americans.
Three Calvin Players Named Division III Men's Soccer All-Americans
Three members of the Calvin men's soccer team have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Aassociation of America/Continental Tire Division III All-America team.
Senior Travis Vegter (pictured left) has been named to the
Division III All-America first team while senior Sean Broekzhuizen
(center) and junior Niko Giantsopoulos (right) have been name to
the third team. It marks the first time in Calvin
men's soccer history that more that the Knights have received
multiple NSCAA All-America berths in one year.
A goalkeeper, Giantsopoulos hails from Markham, Ontario,
Canada (St. Augustine Catholic HS). Giantsopoulos was named
to the All-MIAA first team for the second straight year this fall.
He finished the 2014 campaign with a goals-against-average of 0.521
that ranked 14th in the final NCAA Divsiion III statistics. He was
16-2-3 as Calvin's starting goalkeeper this fall and recorded 12
shutouts. Giantsopoulos is the second NCAA All-American goalkeeper
in Calvin men's soccer history, joining Casey TerHaar who received
the award back in 1962.
Hope's Grasmeyer Profiled in SI's "Faces In The Crowd"
Hope senior volleyball standout Jenna Grasmeyer is featured in the "Faces In the Crowd" section in the December 15 issue of Sports Illustrated.
Grasmeyer, who led the Flying Dutch to the NCAA Division III national championship last month, earned multiple honors for her efforts this season, including being named to the All-MIAA first team for a fourth consecutive year, earning first team All-America honors for the third straight year, being named to the Division III Academic All-America second team and being named the Most Outstading Player of this year's NCAA tournament.
Hope Leads MIAA Commissioner's Cup Standings After Fall Season
Commissioner's Cup Standings (through fall season): 1. Hope 64. 2. Calvin 51.5. 3. Trine 41.5. 4. Adrian 40. 5. Albion 37.5. 6. Alma 34.5. 7. Kalamazoo 33. 8. Olivet 31.5.
Men’s All-Sports Standings: 1. Hope 29.5. 2. Calvin 25. 3. Trine 24.5. 4. Adrian 24. 5. Albion 19.5. 6. Kalamazoo 19. 7. Olivet 18.5. 8. Alma 14.
Women’s All-Sports Standings: 1. Hope 34.5. 2. Calvin 26.5. 3. Alma 20.5. 3. Saint Mary’s 20.5. 5. Albion 18. 6. Trine 17. 7. Adrian 16. 8. Kalamazoo 14. 9. Olivet 13.