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Hope Friday Sports Roundup

by Carolyn Binder


Flying Dutchmen Stuns Wisconsin-Oshkosh In NCAA Tournament

Goals from Logan Sikkenga and Matthew VanZytveld powered the Hope men’s soccer team to a 2-1 upset of ninth-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater on Friday in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Flying Dutchmen (17-4-2 overall) advanced at the Waverly, Iowa, Regional to face host Wartburg College in Saturday’s second round. Kickoff is 5 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Sikkenga struck first for Hope. The junior back from Hudsonville (Hudsonville HS) scored off a throw-in 12 minutes, 37 seconds into the match. Senior back Grant Neil of Holland (West Ottawa HS) had the first of his two assists for the match.

It was Sikkinga’s seventh goal of the season.

Neil helped the Flying Dutchmen extend their lead to 2-0 in the 54th minute when he set up senior Matthew VanZytveld of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) for his second goal of the season.

That was enough for Hope goalie Ethan Beswick. The sophomore from Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) stopped two of the three shots he faced. Wisconsin-Oshkosh (16-2-4) scored in the 87th minute.

Wartburg (16-4-2 overall) blanked Dominican (Ill.) 4-0 in Friday’s first match.

Michel Levine put the Knights on the scoreboard with his second goal of the season in the 31sst minute. Wartburg then scored three times during the second half.

Chris Nothnick, Peter Tran and Paris Martins chipped in goals for Wartburg. It was Martins’ eighth this season, Nothnick’s second and Tran’s first.


Hope Beats Otterbein In Regional Semifinals

Sophomore Lauren Hazekamp sprinted toward the scorer’s table on the opposite side of her net, then flipped the ball over her head.

Her timely save kept the ball in play for the Hope volleyball team, so that the Flying Dutch could earn match point on an Otterbein (Ohio) hitting error.

On the second match point, senior Mari Schoolmaster buried a kill to secure a 20-25, 25-15, 25-21, 25-22 win for second-ranked Hope and a berth in Saturday’s Great Lakes Regional Final.

The Flying Dutch (31-2 overall) are one win from clinch a spot in the NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship they are hosting next week at DeVos Fieldhouse.

“When she made that play,” Hope coach Becky Schmidt said of her sophomore from Fruitport (Fruitport HS), “I felt very confident we were going to have some really good things happen in the next few points just because she’s able to go on some of these runs with just her will. She’s a gamer.”

Hope will face either regional host Elmhurst or Washington University in St. Louis in a 7 p.m. CST final. The Flying Dutch defeated both teams earlier this season.

Hazekamp said her drive led her to make a gutsy and successful retrieval of an errant dig.

“I really don’t like to lose. I knew it would have been a momentum shift,” Hazekamp said. “My team will tell me if it’s too dangerous for something to get. I could hear them cheering me on to get it. I felt confident. I just really didn’t want that play to end.”

Senior Courtney Earles of Kentwood (East Kentwood HS) said Hazekamp’s dig gave the Flying Dutch the final push they needed to clinch their second regional final in school history and first since 2009.

“It’s easy to feel a lot of pressure at the point of the match like that,” Earles said. “We were trying to stay calm, but that got us excited. We knew if we could do that we could win these next (two) points.”

Junior Jenna Grasmeyer of Jenison (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS) topped Hope with 18 kills. Earles finished with nine.

Hazekamp, who’s in her first season as a starter, recorded a match-high 39 assists. She also was second with 15 digs and tied for second with 1 ½ blocks.

The Flying Dutch needed every play to grind out a win against a team they swept earlier this season.

Hope hit .170 as a team while Otterbein finished .007.

Otterbein closed with a 27-8 record.

“I’ve watched Lauren for a long time before she came to Hope. I knew with her we were getting a winner,” Schmidt said. “She just puts her team in positions to be successful. That’s exactly what I want out of a setter. I don’t need somebody who’s left-handed and 6-foot-2 … because she’s not. But she makes things happen.”


Flying Dutch Handle Bluffton In Season Opener

Senior Anna Kaufmann scored a career-high 14 points to lead the nationally ranked Hope women’s basketball team to an 83-59 win vs. Bluffton (Ohio) in Friday’s season opener.

The Flying Dutch advanced to play in the championship game of the Chicago Marriott Naperville Tip-off Tournament on Saturday at North Central College. Tipoff is 5 p.m. Central against either North Central or Ripon (Wis.).

Kaufmann, a guard/forward from Davenport, Iowa (Davenport Central), scored 12 first-half points off the bench to help stake the Flying Dutch to a 49-24 halftime lead. Her previous career-high was eight points in a game.

In 13 minutes, Kaufmann finished shooting 3-of-4 from the field, including 1-of-2 from 3-point range. She made all seven of her free-throw attempts.

All 15 Hope players saw action in the game, and 13 of them scored.

Junior forward/center Rebekah Llorens of Grayslake, Ill. (Grayslake Central HS), started and totaled 12 points.

Senior guard Brittany Berry of Grand Rapids (Catholic Central HS) started and netted 11 points in 19 minutes. She shot 4-of-6 from the field, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range.

The Flying Dutch outscored Bluffton (0-1) in the paint by a 42-24 margin and outrebounded them by a 43-33 margin.


Flying Dutchmen Skate Past Michigan State

The Hpoe ice hockey team beat Michigan State 8-1 in American Collegiate Hockey Association action on Friday at Edge Ice Area.

It was the sixth consecutive win for the Flying Dutchmen (10-2 overall).

Senior goalie Drew Cook of Columbus, Ohio (Upper Arlington HS), stopped 18 shots for Hope.


1.  Jamie Haak from Justin Glick and Caleb Morgan

2.  Jared Lehman from Ryan Restum and Drew O'Brien

3.  Justin Glick from Rob Calvert and Zach Schaap

4.  Justin Glick from Zach Schaap and Jared Lehman

5.  Eric Webb from Drew O'Brien and Ryan Restum

6.  Caleb Morgan from Elliott Digison and Caleb Digison

7.  Drew O'Brien from Ryan Restum

8.  Caleb Digison from Elliott Digison and Drew O'Brien