(HOLLAND) -- The fifth-ranked Hope College volleyball cruised to two, three-set wins in its season opener Friday at the Blufflton (Ohio) University Sommer Center Spiketacular on Friday.
The Flying Dutch defeated Bethany (W.V.) 25-20, 25-16, 25-15 in their first match, then topped host Bluffton 25-17, 25-16, 25-11) to close the night.
Hope completes the two-day tournament on Saturday with matches against Marietta (Ohio) at 10 a.m. and Case Western Reserve (Ohio) at 2 p.m.
Against Bethany, freshman outside hitter Sarah Feldpausch of White Cloud (White Cloud HS) led Hope with a match-high 13 kills and a .542 kill percentage. Returning First Team NCAA Division III All-America outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer of Hudsonville (Unity Christian HS) chipped in 10 kills, while junior middle hitter Amy VanderStoep of Holand (West Ottawa HS) added eight.
Against Bluffton, Grasmeyer netted a match-high 13 kills with a .440 kill percentage. Feldpausch and VanderStoep added seven and six kills, respectively.
Sophomore setter Lauren Hazekamp of Fruitport (Fruitport HS) totaled 62 assists over two matches.
“I thought our defense was pretty scrappy,” Hope coach Becky Schmidt said. “We started finding a little more of an offensive rhythm as the day went on. Our blocking was something that was very, very strong.”
The Hope College men’s golf team is perched seventh at the first round of the 36-hole, two-day tournament Olivet College Lou Collins Memorial Tournament on Friday.
The Flying Dutchmen shot a team score of 308. They trail leader Owens (Ohio) Community College by 10 strokes heading into Saturday’s 8 a.m. final round. The tournament features 17 teams.
Junior Evan Telzerow of Grand Rapids (Forest Hills Northern HS) topped Hope with a 2-over-par 74 that has him tied for sixth place.
Junior Ben Lewis of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) is 19th with a 76. The Flying Dutchmen also received a 78 from junor Collin Breit of Muskegon (Western Michigan Christian) and 80s from junior Ben Lanting of Littleton, Colo., and sophomore Paul Bardenhargen of Cedar (Leland HS).
Telzerow said he and his teammates are determined to shoot lower on Saturday.
“The conditions were hard to get used to. Greens were a little slow,” Telzerow said. “We’re all confident going into tomorrow. I think we still have a good chance to contend for first or second.”
The other teams ahead of Hope are Bethel (Ind.) at 300, Kalamazoo at 302, Spring Arbor and Indiana Wesleyan at 304 and Trine (Ind.) at 305.
Three second-half goals powered the Hope College women’s soccer team to a 3-1 season-opening win at Denison (Ohio).
A Denison own goal with 7 minutes, 54 seconds remaining in regulation gave Hope a 2-1 lead.
Junior Nora Kirk of Maumee, Ohio (Notre Dame Academy) then iced the win by scoring an unassisted goal with 28 seconds remaining.
Hope, which trailed 1-0 at halftime, tied the score at 1-1 on an unassisted goal from senior Raisa Yewah of East Lansing (Okemos HS) quickly in the second half at 52:50.
Senior goalie Lauren Kooy of Metamora (Flint Powers HS) made one save after being inserted into the lineup at the beginning of the second half. Junior Kat Dickson of Grayslake, Ill. (Grayslake Central HS) had one first-half save.
“I think we just played a much better second half,” Hope coach Leigh Sears said. “We didn’t scrimmage anybody but ourselves in the preseason and maybe needed some time to adjust. Denison started to tire a little, maybe. To get the first win is a big thing.”
A 22-yard shot into the top right corner of the net sank the Hope College men’s soccer team in a 2-1 loss to Oberlin (Ohio) Friday in the season opener for both teams.
The first-round finale of the 13th annual Bergsma Memorial Tournament at Van Andel Soccer Stadium started at 8:30 p.m., 1 ½ hours late, because of a lightning delay.
Slade Gottlieb snapped a 1-1 tie with 5 minutes, 46 seconds remaining in the second half when he ripped a well-placed kick past Hope goalie Will Morlock, a junior from Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS). The goal in front of a crowd of 425 was unassisted.
Hope tied the score at 1-1 at with 8:10 remaining in the first half when senior Grant Neil of Holland (West Ottawa HS) put a rebound of a kick from senior Jason Muller of Petoskey (Petoskey HS) past Oberlin goalie Oidie Kuijpers.
Neil answered 2:26 after Oberlin grabbed a 1-0 lead on John Ingham’s header from eight yards out.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, the Flying Dutchmen will play Allegheny (Pa.), a 1-0 winner against Concordia (Mich.) in Friday’s opener. The match was halted with nearly 18 minutes remaining because of lightning.
Daniel McCann scored in the seventh minute from six yards for Allegheny off an assist from Andrew Miller. The Gators received one save from goalie John Lichina.