No. 4 Flying Dutch Win Twice, Land Two On All-Tournament Team
The fourth-ranked Hope College volleyball team is off a 3-0 start after completing an unbeaten run at a two-day tournament in Springfield, Ohio.
The Flying Dutch swept No. 5 St. Thomas (Minnesota) 25-18, 25-20, 25-18 and unranked Johns Hopkins (Maryland) 25-17, 25-15, 25-15 on Saturday at Wittenberg's Courtyard By Marriott National Invitational.
Hope put two players on the all-tournament team: senior outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer of Jenison, Michigan (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS) and junior setter Lauren Hazekamp of Fruitport, Michigan (Fruitport HS).
Against St. Thomas, senior outside hitter Anna Lynch of Lake Odessa, Michigan (Lakewood HS), topped the Flying Dutch with 14 kills and a .316 kill percentage.
Grasmeyer chipped in 13 kills with a .343 kill percentage, while Hazekamp contributed a match-high 34 assists and six kills.
Against Johns Hopkins, senior Amy VanderStoep of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa (HS) recorded a match-high 13 kills and a .812 kill percentage.
Lynch and Grasmeyer had nine and seven kills, respectively. Hazekamp collected 37 assists.
Flying Dutch Strike Late, Beat Carthage
Two goals in the final five minutes lifted the Hope College women;s soccer team to a 2-1 win against Carthage (Wisconsin) on Saturday.
The Flying Dutch evened their record at 1-1 with the nonleague win in Naperville, Illinois.
Forward Elizabeth Perkins netted the game-winning goal with 2 minutes, 13 seconds remaining the regulation. The sophomore from Eaton Rapids, Michigan (Lansing Christian HS) scored her first goal of the season off an assist from junior midfielder Kristin Hazlett of Bay Village, Ohio (Bay HS).
Hope tied the score at 1-1 just 2:15 earlier when senior forward Lindsay Bieri of Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian HS) delivered her first goal of the season. Sophomore midfielder Natalie Curry of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Grandville Calvin Christian HS) had the assist.
Carthage (0-2) had held a 1-0 lead for 55 minutes before Bieri scored at Wheaton Colleges Bob Baptista Invitational.
Hope coach Leigh Sears said her players elevated their play as the second half was winding down.
"They played really hard. This was another gear," Sears said. "Last year I think we won a lot of games because they played consistently with a sense of urgency. It took them a couple of days to find it (this year).
"We changed a couple of positions. The senior leadership kicked in, and they decided they had to do something."
WOMENS CROSS COUNTRY
Flying Dutch Repeat As Vanderbilt Invite Champions
The Hope College women's cross country team claimed its fifth consecutive Vanderbilt Invitational title on Saturday.
The Flying Dutch scored 22 points to win the four-team event at Ridge Point Community Church. They had five of the seven fastest performances.
Senior Emily Wrozek of Blaine, Minnesota (Minnehah Academy), led Hope with a 6K run of 19:27. She was second overall out of 58 runners.
Junior Julia Stock of Spring Lake, Michigan (Grand Haven HS), finished third by clocking a time of 19:31.
Senior Katie Afton of Portage, Michigan (Portage Central HS), placed fourth at 19:36.
Junior Michelle Kerr of Dearborn, Michigan (Divine Child HS) took sixth with a run of 19:50.
Sophomore Emily Joosse of Chillicothe, Ohio (Zane Trace HS) was seventh at 19:51.
Cornerstone (51) finished second, while Adrian (73) placed third and Muskegon Community College (102) was fourth.
MENS CROSS COUNTRY
Flying Dutchmen Place Second At Vanderbilt Invitational
The Hope College men's cross country team finished runner-up at its 49th annual Vanderbilt Invitational on Saturday at Ridge Point Community Church.
The Flying Dutchmen totaled a score of 42 points behind top-10 performances from three runners in the four-team event Adrian College won with 30 points.
Senior Ben Zank of Midland, Michigan (H.H. Dow HS) clocked Hopes fastest time with an 8K run of 26 minutes, 37 seconds. He finished third overall out of 51 runners.
Junior Joseph Beemer of St. Joseph, Michigan (St. Joseph HS), placed fourth with a time of 27:14.
Freshman Ben Pederson of Mount Prospect, Illinois (Prospect HS) came in eighth at 27:36.
Sophomore Cameron Jones of Holland, Michigan (Black River HS) took 13 th at 28:06.
Junior Noah Litwiller of Delavan, Illinois (Olympia HS) rounded out Hopes scoring by posting a time of 28:07.
Cornerstone (63) took third, while Muskegon Community College (107) was fourth.
Flying Dutch Runner-Up At Furniture City Classic
The Hope College women's golf team started its season with a second-place finish at the Furniture City Classic on Saturday in Grand Rapids.
The Flying Dutch shot a team score of 333 at the five-team event at the Mines Golf Course.
Sophomore Britni Gielow of Norton Shores, Michigan (Mona Shores) led Hope with a 10-over-par 80. She finished fourth, two shots off the lead.
Senior Montana Leep of Hastings, Michigan (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) finished one streak behind Gielow in fifth place.
Freshman Morgan Klintworth of Jackson, Michigan (Hanover-Horton HS) and sophomore Elena Moore of South Lyon, Michigan (South Lyon East HS) tied for 11th with 86s.
Junior Morgan Leep of Hastings, Michigan (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) rounded out Hopes scoring with a 14th -place 87.
Davenport (326) won. Calvin (343) took third, while Aquinas (344) placed fourth and Cornerstone (393) was fifth.
Flying Dutchmen Finish Fourth At 16-Team Event
The Hope College mens golf team placed fourth at the Olivet College Lou Collins Memorial Tournament in Battle Creek.
The Flying Dutchmen shot a 36-hole team score of 611 at Bedford Valley Country Club.
Junior Paul Bardenhagen of Cedar, Michigan (Leland HS) finished seven-over-par over 36 holes with a 151. He tied for 17 th overall after shooting a 77 during the final round.
Senior Ben Lewis of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven HS), tied for 24 th at 10-over. He carded a 75 on Saturday.
Sophomore Winton Munch of Traverse City, Michigan (Traverse City Central HS), shot a 74 during the second round after not playing on Friday.
Seniors Ben Lanting of Littleton, Colorado (Front Range Christian HS), and Evan Telzerow of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Forest Hills Northern HS), both came in one shot behind Lewis for the tournament. Lanting recorded a 77 on Saturday, while Telzerow had an 81.
No. 21 Flying Dutchmen Edged In OT By No. 8 Ohio Wesleyan
The Hope College mens soccer team lost in overtime 2-1 to visiting Ohio Wesleyan Saturday in a matchup of nationally ranked teams at the Cal Bergsma Memorial Invitational.
No. 21 Hope fell to 1-1 overall after No. 8 Ohio Wesleyans Colton Bloecher scored off a corner back 4 minutes, 25 seconds into the first sudden-death overtime period.
All four teams in the Bergsma tournament finished with 1-1 records. North Central beat Calvin 1-0 on Saturday.
The two teams traded goals in an 18-second late in regulation.
Sophomore Josh Hagene of Caledonia, Michigan (East Kentwood HS), tied the score at 1-1 when he blasted in a rebound with 5 minutes, 21 seconds remaining in the second half. It was Hagene's third goal of the season.
Ohio Wesleyan briefly held a 1-0 lead on a Lonnie Barnes goal with 5:39 remaining.