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Hope College Tuesday Roundup

by Carolyn Binder

Flying Dutch Down Saint Mary’s on Women’s Soccer Senior Night

Two juniors teamed up to help make Senior Night a winner for the Hope College women’s soccer team.

Juniors Lindsey Bieri of Holland (Holland Christian HS) and Erin Jipping of Holland (West Ottawa HS) provided the offense in a 2-0 win against Saint Mary’s Tuesday night at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.

The Flying Dutch moved into second place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) standings with 31 points and a 10-2-1 league records. They lead third-place Alma by one point heading into Saturday’s match at Alma.

It was the final regular-season home match for six seniors — forward Kristina Bosch of Holland (Holland Christian HS), senior goalkeeper Lauren Kooy of Metamora (Flint Powers HS), midfielder Courtney Laux of Novi (Novi HS), midfielder Amy Olson of Rockford, Ill. (Guilford HS), midfielder Rachel Rebhan of Holland (Zeeland East HS) and forward Raisa Yewah of East Lansing (Okemos HS).

Bieri opened the scoring 11 ½ minutes into the match. She netted her third goal of the season in front of the net after converting a cross from Jipping.

Jipping added her fifth goal of the season 18 minutes later.

Junior goalkeeper Kat Dickson of Grayslake, Ill., (Grayslake Central HS) made one save in 80 minutes for the Flying Dutchmen. Kooy completed the shutout.

Hope Volleyball Ranked No. 1 In Coaches Poll

The Hope volleyball team is new top-ranked team in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) NCAA Division III poll announced this afternoon.

Coach Becky Schmidt’s Flying Dutch, who are 25-1 overall, are the No. 1 team in a national poll for the first time in school history.

Hope received 35 of 48 possible first-place votes to total 1,186 points and overtake Calvin for the top spot. The Knights (24-1) are ranked second after finishing with 1,164 points and 13 first-place votes.

The Flying Dutch ended Calvin’s six-week reign atop the AVCA rankings. Hope beat Calvin in five sets Friday at DeVos Fieldhouse and ended the Knights’ 49-match Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) win streak. Calvin had been ranked No. 1 since Sept. 10.

Hope returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Adrian for a 6:30 p.m. MIAA match on the DeVos Fieldhouse Main Court.

Hope Volleyball Senior Receives National Award

Hope senior Courtney Earles has been chosen the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division III Player of the Week.

The middle hitter from Kentwood (East Kentwood HS) totaled 21 kills for an attack percentage of .556 and six blocks last week. She helped the Flying Dutch win two matches, including a five-setter against top-ranked Calvin, to move into a share of first place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) standings.

Earles is the third Hope player to receive this national recognition, joining current teammate Jenna Grasmeyer (2012) and Jacie Fielder (2010).

On Friday, Earles totaled 12 kills and three blocks as Hope rallied to defeat Calvin in five sets, ending the Knights’ 49-match MIAA winning streak dating back to 2010.

On Saturday, Earles had nine kills in 11 attempts (.818 percentage) and three blocks in a sweep of Saint Mary’s that was less than 24 hours after the Calvin match.

Earles was named MIAA Position Player of the Week on Monday.