Hope 3, Elmhurst 2
The first five-set match of the season still ended in familiar fashion for the second-ranked Hope volleyball team.
The Flying Dutch won for the 21st time this season, outlasting sixth-ranked Elmhurst (Ill.) 25-14, 25-23, 18-25, 22-25, 15-12 at the Midwest Volleyball Challenge Friday night in front of a DeVos Fieldhouse crowd of 509.
Hope (21-1 overall )scored eight of the match’s final 13 points, including a win-clinching kill from junior outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer of Jenison (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS).
Junior hitter Amy VanderStoep of Holland (West Ottawa HS) collected a match-high 17 kills for Hope, including five during the decisive last set.
Grasmeyer chipped in 15 kills, while senior Courtney Earles of Kentwood (East Kentwood HS) had 11.
Sophomore setter Lauren Hazekamp of Fruitport (Fruitport HS) directed the Flying Dutch, collecting 50 assists.
Hope (21-1) returns to action Saturday two more matches in the two-day tournament — 11 a.m. vs. 13th-ranked Wittenberg (Ohio) and 2:30 p.m. against seventh-ranked Mount Union (Ohio).
Hope 3, Clarkson 0
The Flying Dutch opened the 2013 Midwest Volleyball Challenge by sweeping No. 27 Clarkson (NY.) in three sets on Friday at DeVos Fieldhouse.
The 25-19, 25-17, 25-16 win clinched the Flying Dutch’s ninth consecutive 20-win season. They are 20-1 overall heading into tonight’s match against sixth-ranked Elmhurst (Ill.) at 8 p.m. on the Main Court.
VanderStoep led a balanced Hope attack with 12 kills in 17 attempts for a team-high .647 kill percentage. She only had one hitting error.
Grasmeyer chipped in 10 kills for the Flying Dutch, Earles added nine.
Hazekamp totaled 37 assists and a team-high 13 digs. She shared dig honors with sophomore libero Allie Mitchell of Grand Rapids (Forest Hills Eastern HS).
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Flying Dutch Runner-Up At Muskegon Community College Invite
The 20th-ranked Hope women’s cross country team took second at the six-team Muskegon Community College Jayhawk Invitational.
The Flying Dutch scored 55 points to finish 17 behind behind first-place Lansing Community College.
Hope put together a pack for 12th through 14th place out of 78 runners — junior Katherine Hauge of Blaine, Minn. (Minnehah Academy) at 20:08.96, junior Katie Afton of Portage (Portage Central HS) at 20:13.15 and senior Julia Windom of Bowling Green, Ohio, (Lakota HS) at 20:14.71.
The Flying Dutch rounded out their scoring with freshman Christin Bothe of DeKalb, Ill. (DeKalb HS) in 21st at 20:39.26 and freshman Jessica Cronau of Dublin, Ohio, (Dublin Scioto) in 22nd at 20:40.94.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Flying Dutchmen Third At Muskegon Community College Invite
The Hope men’s cross country team placed third at the nine-team Muskegon Community College Jayhawk Invitational.
The Flying Dutchmen totaled 92 points. NCAA Division II Grand Valley State University won with 27 points, while Lansing Community College was runner-up with 52 points.
Junior Tim Simon of Richland (Gull Lake HS) led Hope with a 21st place run of 27 minutes, 1.41 seconds.
The Flying Dutchmen also received points from sophomore Kyle Anderson of Shorewood, Minn. (Minnetonka HS) in 27th at 27:11.29, sophomore Noah Litwiller of Delvan, Ill. (Olympia HS) in 28th at 27:12.58, freshman Julian Morrison of Aurora, Ill. (Waubonsie Valley HS) in 32nd at 27:19.62 and senior Tom Smeltzer of Frankfort (Benzie Central HS) in 37th at 27:34.88.
Flying Dutch Fifth After First Round Of MIAA Championships
Sophomore Montana Leep of Hastings (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) carded an 8-over-par 80 to lead the Hope women’s golf team during the opening round of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championship.
Leep is tied for fifth. The final round of the 36-hole event at Bedford Valley Country Club in Battle Creek is Saturday.
Hope sits in fifth place after the first round with a team score of 363. The Flying Dutch trail Olivet (326), Trine (334), Saint Mary’s (338) and Calvin (341).
Freshman Elena Moore of South Lyon (South Lyon East HS) added a 93 for Hope, while teammates Mary Bradley of Pierson (Tri County HS) and freshman Dominique Molinaro of Port Huron (Port Huron Northern HS) both shot 95s.
Flying Dutchmen Skate Past California (Pa.)
Goalie Drew Cook made 16 saves to help the Hope ice hockey team edge California (Pa.) 2-1 on Friday in Midland.
The Flying Dutchmen improved to 2-0 on the season as they won their second game in the season-opening Schupan Tournament.
Justin Glick and Drew O’Brien both scored for Hope. O’Brien now has three goals on the season.
The Flying Dutchmen wrap up the tournament at 3:15 p.m. Saturday when they face the University of Central Florida.