Calvin’s Anna Kamp Named the DIII Honda Award Nominee for Volleyball

Courtesy of Calvin Athletics
Courtesy of Calvin Athletics

Anna Kamp, a junior from Calvin College, was named the DIII Honda Athlete of the Year nominee for Volleyball as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.

Kamp is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DIII Honda Athlete of the Year. This will be voted on at the end of the academic year by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the CWSA program, now in its 42nd year.

"I feel very honored to win this award,“ said Kamp. “I would like to thank my parents, coaches, teammates and friends for the never-ending love and support. I would also like to thank Calvin College for all the opportunities I’ve had!"

Hailing from Orland Park, Ill., Kamp was recently named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III Player of the Year and led her team to the NCAA Championship semi-finals. She is a two-time AVCA first-team All-American and was named the Player of the Year for the AVCA Great Lakes Region and the MIAA. She is a two-time MIAA first-team honoree after helping her team capture the MIAA tournament and regular season titles.

On the season, the junior outside hitter led her team in kills (480) and kills per set (4.14), while adding 282 digs, 41 assists and hitting .274. Her kills total ranks 15th nationally and she ranked 21st nationally in kills per set.

“Anna is a very talented player who hasn’t even reached her peak yet!” said head coach Dr. Amber Warners. “She is a joy to coach and I love bow much energy and personality she has.  She is very humble and puts her teammates ahead of herself.  She is a servant leader.”

Anna is the fourth sister in the Kamp family to earn a nomination as the Honda DIII Athlete of the Year after her sisters Maggie (2014), Lizzie (2012) and Rebecca (2011).

All Honda Sports nominees from DIII and DII become a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Honda Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in a live telecast on CBS Sports on June 25, 2018, in downtown Los Angeles. The Honda Sports nominees are recognized in 11 DIII and DII NCAA-sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.

The CWSA, in its 42nd year, honors the nation’s top NCAA women athletes recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service.  Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.1 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.