November 10, 2022 | Matt Kucinski

Five student athletes smile at camera with a yellow filter and NCAA BOUND over the top.
Five Calvin teams begin their postseason runs toward National Championships this week.

The women's volleyball, men's and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross-country teams begin their pursuit of adding another NCAA championship banner to Van Noord Arena.

Knights teams have championship pedigree on their side, having already captured 11 NCAA Division III National Titles in the institution’s storied history (this doesn’t include individual titles won by Calvin athletes). The Knights have also finished in the top four at the NCAA level 54 times in eight different sports, 27 of those as national runners-up.

And the pursuit of another title continues this week and weekend on campus and on the road.

Follow all the Knights' teams competing in NCAA postseason action November 10-12:

Women’s volleyball

The Knights open the 2022 NCAA Division III Tournament on their home floor in Van Noord Arena as the hosts of an eight-team regional that features six teams ranked inside the AVCA Division III Top 25 poll.

The women’s volleyball team is making its 31st NCAA Tournament appearance and 18th-straight with coach Amber Warners.

The #3 ranked Knights (25-3) open tournament play on Thursday, November 10, 2022, against Aurora (22-9). That match is set for 8 p.m. EST.

For more info, visit the Calvin athletics site.

Men’s soccer

The Knights will travel to a four-team regional on the campus of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. The #6 ranked Knights opening round game is against the Carnegie Mellon Tartans (11-4-1) at 1:30 p.m. EST.

The Knights have beaten the Tartans each of the past two times they’ve played, both in close contests.

This is Calvin’s 19th trip to the NCAA III Tournament including its 13th in the last 15 years (with the 2020 tournament wiped out due to the Covid-19 pandemic). And when the Knights get into the tournament, they have a history of making deep playoff runs. They advanced to the national semifinals in 2015 and 2019 and to the NCAA III Finals in 2009, 2011, 2016, and 2018.

For more info, visit the host site’s athletics page.

Women’s soccer

The Knights begin their NCAA run in a four-team regional in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University.

On Friday at 3:30 p.m. EST, the #9 ranked Knights (17-0-1) open tournament play against Nazareth College of New York (8-4-7). The game marks the first-ever meeting between Calvin and Nazareth in women’s soccer.

The Knights are making their second straight NCAA tournament appearance under head coach Emily Ottenhoff. Calvin is making its 13th appearance in the NCAA tournament, reaching the national quarterfinals in 2006, 2009, and 2015.

For more info, visit the host site’s athletics page.

Cross Country teams

The men’s and women’s cross-country teams both qualified for the NCAA III Great Lakes Regional Meet scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 12, in Holland, Michigan.

The men's team is ranked 32nd nationally and has advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships 35 times, including an active streak of 28-straight appearances. The women's team has advanced to the NCAA III Championships 31 times in school history, including each of the past 16 years.

The men’s team recently won its 35th consecutive league title, which is the longest active winning streak among all sports in its league.

For more info on the weekend races, visit the host site's athletics page.

Women’s Triathlon

The women’s triathlon team also qualified for the USA Collegiate Triathlon National Championships. They will compete on Saturday, November 12, in Tempe, Arizona.

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