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Hope College Wednesday Roundup

by Carolyn Binder

MEN’S SOCCER

Flying Dutchmen Down Kalamazoo 3-2 In OT

Junior Tarwo Konbloa scored 55 seconds into the second overtime to lift the Hope men’s soccer team to a 3-2 win against Kalamazoo on Wednesday night.

The Flying Dutchmen maintained sole possession of second place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) standings with 12 points. They improved to 8-3-1 overall and 4-2 in league play.

Konbloa, a midfielder from Kentwood (East Kentwood HS), blasted the winning shot from 15 yards out after it deflected to him during a scrum near the front of the Kalamazoo goal. It was his second goal of the season.

Konbloa said he and his teammates remained confident in overtime they would pull out a win.

“The team put the ball at the right spot. I was just lucky to be there,” Konbloa said. “This is the not the first time we’ve been down late. It’s happened before. Whenever this happens, Coach (Steven Smith) always inspires us.”

Hope overcame a 2-1 deficit in the 76th minute after Kalamazoo scored twice in a span of 4 minutes, 21 seconds.

Senior Jason Muller of Petoskey (Petoskey HS) pulled the Flying Dutchmen even in the 79th minute. He launched in a free kick from 25 yards out for his team-leading sixth goal of the season.

Junior back Logan Sikkenga of Hudsonville (Hudsonville HS) broke a scoreless tie in the 63rd minute. He headed in a corner kick from six yards out, with Muller garnering the assist.

Hope goalie Ethan Beswick of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) made four saves.

VOLLEYBALL

No. 2-ranked Flying Dutch Sweep Trine On Road

Junior Jenna Grasmeyer and the second-ranked Hope volleyball team served up its seventh consecutive win on Wednesday, sweeping Trine on the road 25-14, 25-20, 25-19.

The Flying Dutch improved to 19-1 overall and 9-1 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play.

Grasmeyer, an outside hitter from Jenison (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS), totaled a match-high nine kills. She finished with a team-high .533 kill percentage.

Hope also received seven kills apiece from senior middle hitter Courtney Earles of Kentwood (East Kentwood HS) and junior outside hitter Anna Lynch of Lake Odessa (Lakewood HS).

Freshman Alexis Thompson of Monroe (St. Mary Catholic Central HS) served five aces, while sophomore setter Lauren Hazekamp collected 30 assists.

The Flying Dutch return to action this weekend when they host part of the Midwest Volleyball Challenge at DeVos Fieldhouse. Matches will be played both Friday and Saturday.