Category Archives: College Volleyball

RECAP: Trine Sweeps Kalamazoo

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The Trine Thunder swept the Kalamazoo Hornets Wednesday, 25-20, 25-23, 25-12.   Trine led the entire first set and nearly the entire third set.   Kalamazoo was ahead for much of the second and Trine didn’t get a two-point lead until the very end.

Shannon Scott and Emma Gaff led the Thunder with 11 kills each.  Kalamazoo’s Madi Goodman also tallied 11, six of which came in the second set.   The win moves Trine to 8-6 overall and 4-3 in MIAA play, while Kalamazoo falls to 0-7 in the MIAA and 2-12 overall.   Trine returns to action at home against league-leader Calvin Tuesday, while Kalamazoo travels to Grace Bible College Saturday.

You can watch Wednesday’s match in full here.  LIVESTREAM


RECAP: Glen Oaks Completes Season Sweep of Kalamazoo Valley

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The Glen Oaks Vikings earned a road sweep of the Kalamazoo Valley Cougars Tuesday, 25-19, 25-16, 25-12, matching the August sweep the Vikings earned on their home floor.   They assumed control midway through the first set on a big run off the service of Carly Kyle, putting them ahead by ten at one point.

The second set stayed close early again, but Glen Oaks built their biggest run and lead in the final stretch.   In the third set, there was no doubt for the Vikings.   Unofficially, Calsey Gruzdov led the team with 13 kills, followed by nine from Paige Engdahl.   Carlie VandenBerg’s five topped the Cougars.

Glen Oaks moves to 16-8 overall and 6-3 in the MCCAA Western Conference.  They return to action at conference-leader #4 Grand Rapids next Tuesday.   Kalamazoo Valley falls to 5-10 overall and 3-6 in the West.   The Cougars head to Grand Rapids Thursday, then compete at GRCC in a tournament Saturday and Sunday.

Listen back to Tuesday’s match below:

PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Hosts Trine in Volleyball

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Listen live online Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network as the Kalamazoo College Hornets host the Trine Thunder in volleyball.   It’s the seventh MIAA match of the season for both squads and their first volleyball meeting of 2017.   They split their 2016 meetings, with both home teams earning a win.

Kalamazoo is still searching for its first league win, sitting at 0-6 in the MIAA.  The Hornets are 2-11 overall, getting both wins in their Hornet Invitational tournament two weekends ago.  Trine is currently tied for fourth in the MIAA at 3-3 and sits at 7-6 overall.

Listen to Wednesday’s match on the Slocum Sports Network with first serve scheduled for 7 p.m. from the Anderson Athletic Center in Kalamazoo.   The game can also be seen via Kalamazoo College’s Livestream.

PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Valley Hosts Glen Oaks

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Listen live online Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network as the Kalamazoo Valley Cougars host the Glen Oaks Vikings in college volleyball.   These teams currently sit in the middle of the MCCAA Western Conference standings.   Glen Oaks is tied for third at 5-3, while Kalamazoo Valley is tied for sixth at 3-5.

Overall, the Cougars are 5-9, although they’ve won three of their last four matches and a hold a 2-1 home record.   The Vikings are 15-9 on the season and have won seven of their last eight, only falling to #1 ranked Harper College in four sets Saturday in that stretch.   Glen Oaks hosted Kalamazoo Valley back on August 24 with a 3-0 Viking win (25-18, 25-13, 25-21).

Listen live to Tuesday’s match online on the Slocum Sports Network with first serve set for 6:30 p.m. from Kalamazoo Valley.

RECAP: Adrian Defeats Kalamazoo 3-1 in First MIAA Match

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The Adrian College Bulldogs beat the Kalamazoo College Hornets 3-1 Wednesday, 20-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-15.   The win gives Adrian five consecutive victories over Kalamazoo and gives the Bulldogs their first of 2017.

Kalamazoo took the first set and led for much of the second, although Adrian narrowly took it in the end.   The Bulldogs finished the third on a 5-1 run and carried that momentum through as they controlled the fourth set throughout.   Maria Katrantzi and Vanessa Vigier each had 11 kills for the Hornets, with Alex Tobler scoring 11 for Adrian.

Adrian moves to 1-4 overall and 1-0 in the MIAA, while Kalamazoo drops to 0-5 and 0-1.    The Hornets travel to St. Mary’s Friday, then host Alma Saturday.   Adrian hosts #1 ranked Calvin Friday and hosts Hope Saturday.

Watch Wednesday’s contest by clicking here.

RECAP: Kalamazoo Valley Delivers Kellogg’s First Defeat

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Kalamazoo Valley celebrates their win. Haley Rock (#3) unofficially led the team in kills

The Kalamazoo Valley Cougars defeated the Kellogg Bruins Tuesday night in four sets (25-17, 18-25, 25-21, 25-19), snapping Kellogg’s seven-game opening win streak. Unofficially, Gobles alum Haley Rock topped the Cougars with nine kills, followed by eight from Sara Egly and seven by Gabriella Iagnocco. Three Rivers grad Hannah Landis topped Kellogg and led all players with 10 kills.

Kellogg was the first to lead by multiple points and led much of the first set. Kalamazoo Valley finished strong, ending on a 7-1 run en route to their first home set win of the season. In the second, the Bruins used an 8-0 run off the service of Kimberly Kusler to pull away and even the match at 1-1.

The third set was tied at 16-16, then a 9-5 finish pushed the Cougars back ahead. In the fourth, Kalamazoo Valley jumped out to an 8-4 start and although Kellogg briefly tied it, the Cougars never surrendered the lead.

The win puts Kalamazoo Valley at 2-6 overall and 1-3 in the MCCAA Western Conference. Kellogg suffers its first defeat at 7-1 and 3-1 in the West. Both squads return to action Thursday with the Cougars at Ancilla, while Kellogg hosts Glen Oaks.

Listen back to Tuesday’s broadcast below:

PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Opens MIAA Volleyball Play Against Adrian

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Listen live online Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to college volleyball as the Kalamazoo Hornets host the Adrian Bulldogs.   It’s the first MIAA match of 2017 for both squads and both are looking for their first overall victory of the season.

Both teams opened and went 0-4 over the weekend in the Bluffton, Ohio Spiketactular.   Kalamazoo finished 9-19 overall in 2016, improving from a 2-24 overall mark in 2015.  Adrian was 15-14 last season, finishing fourth in the MIAA and making the league tournament off a 9-7 conference mark.

Adrian narrowly won their most recent meeting, surviving at home in five sets on October 21st, 2016.  In their earlier 2016 meeting in Kalamazoo, Adrian swept the Hornets.    The Bulldogs have won four consecutive meetings over Kalamazoo, with the Hornets winning last at home on October 22, 2014.

Listen live online to Wednesday’s match on the Slocum Sports Network with first serve set for 7 p.m. from Anderson Athletic Center in Kalamazoo.

PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Valley Hosts Kellogg Tuesday

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Listen live online Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to college volleyball with the Kalamazoo Valley Cougars hosting the Kellogg Bruins.   These teams had very tight matches in their two meetings last season, as the Cougars won at home in five sets and won in Battle Creek on four sets.

Kellogg has started 2017 with a 7-0 record, already topping their four total victories in 2016.   They haven’t had eight wins in a season since 2021.  The Bruins are 3-0 in the MCCAA Western Conference, opening August with wins over Lake Michigan, Jackson, and Lansing.   Over the weekend, Kellogg added four more victories in the Owens Express Classic, including a sweep of Division III 10th-ranked Columbus State.

Kalamazoo Valley has started 1-6, although they’ve had incredibly stiff competition as they’ve faced five Division II top-25 ranked teams.  Their lone victory came in the Owens Express Classic Saturday against 14th-ranked Schoolcraft in five sets.   The Cougars are 0-3 in the MCCAA Western Conference, falling to 13th-ranked Grand Rapids, 19th-ranked Muskegon, and Glen Oaks.

Listen live online to Tuesday’s match on the Slocum Sports Network with first serve scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Texas Township.

RECAP: #13 Grand Rapids Spoils Kalamazoo Valley’s Home Opener

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Defending MCCAA champion Grand Rapids defeated Kalamazoo Valley Tuesday evening in three sets (25-16, 25-13, 25-21).   The Cougars began set #1 with a 5-1 run, but the 13th-ranked Raiders responded with a 6-0 run and very rarely trailed for the remainder of the match.

Kalamazoo Valley falls to 0-2 with the defeat.  They travel to conference foe Muskegon Thursday, then go to the Owens CC classic over the weekend.   Grand Rapids moves to 3-0 and has tournament action Friday and Saturday in Toledo, Ohio, including meetings with top-ranked Parkland and fourth-ranked Catawba Valley.

Listen back to Tuesday’s match below:

PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Valley Home Opener Against MCCAA Champ Grand Rapids

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Listen live online Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to college volleyball with the Kalamazoo Valley Cougars hosting the Grand Rapids Raiders.   It’s the first home match of the year for the Cougars and perhaps one of their toughest matches all season against the defending Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) champions.

Kalamazoo Valley finished 14-12 overall last season and sixth in the MCCAA Western Conference at 6-10.   Grand Rapids was a perfect 16-0 in the Western Conference and 28-8 overall, earning a trip to the NJCAA national tournament.    Last September, the Cougars were able to take the second set of their match in Grand Rapids, but fell in four to the Raiders (25-22,18-25,15-25,16-25).    The Raiders swept KVCC in their October rematch (25-14, 25-19, 25-11).

Kalamazoo Valley dropped their 2017 opener in three sets Thursday at Glen Oaks.   Grand Rapids, ranked 13th in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll, is off to a 2-0 start with wins last week over Glen Oaks and Lansing.

Listen live to Tuesday’s match on the Slocum Sports Network with first serve scheduled for 6:30 p.m. from Texas Township.