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Hope Sports Roundup: Hope Tops Calvin In Hoops; Volleyball Gets 3 All-Americans

by Carolyn Binder

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Hope Downs Calvin In Rivalry’s Highest-Scoring Game

Maura McAfee’s double-double of 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds helped the Hope women’s basketball team rally to win the highest-scoring game ever with rival Calvin. The Flying Dutch won 88-81 Tuesday in Grand Rapids in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association opener for both teams.

The two nationally ranked teams passed the 2003 record of 160 points, which came in an 88-72 Hope win.

The Flying Dutch’s depth continues to pay off, Hope coach Brian Morehouse said.

“The game is being called tighter in the NCAA women’s games,” Morehouse said after his team improved to 3-0 overall. “You need depth. Luckily we’ve got good team depth. It makes a huge difference for us.”

McAfee, a sophomore from Midland (Midland HS), set a career-high for rebounds. They were the most by a Hope player since Courtney Knox recorded 16 during a 65-52 win at Adrian on Jan. 21, 2009.

It was a career-high in points McAfee as well.

McAfee led a group of four Hope players to score in double figures. Freshman point guard Angelique Gaddy of Caledonia (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) scored 16 points and had a team-high five assists.

Senior guard Anna Kaufmann of Davenport, Iowa (Davenport Central HS) chipped in 14 points off the bench, while junior Hannah Doell of Center Valley, Pa. (Southern Lehigh HS), added 13 points.

The Flying Dutch overcame an 18-3 deficit just 5 minutes, 19 seconds into the game. They clawed back to trail only 35-29 at halftime.

“We needed half time for two reasons: To make sure we re-grouped and got back to doing what we do and not having things dictated to us, and to regain our composure,” Morehouse said. “Comebacks take so much emotion and half time came so we could go in and take a breath and coach them up a little bit.”

VOLLEYBALL

Three Flying Dutch Named All-Americans; A Fourth Honorable Mention

Hope College outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer headlines a group of four Flying Dutch to receive All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) today. The junior from Jenison (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS) has been selected a First Team All-American for the second season in a row and second time in her career.

Teammates Courtney Earles and Lauren Hazekamp have been chosen Second Team All-Americans, while Amy VanderStoep received Honorable Mention distinction.

Three is the most AVCA All-Americans Hops has had in one season. The Flying Dutch now have eight All-Americans all-time.

“Jenna is a special talent and I am proud of her continued hard work both on the court and in the weight room,” Hope coach Becky Schmidt said. “She is a kind and generous teammate, but a terminator on the court.  Her improvements in passing, defense, and serving have made her a very well-rounded player.”

The awards will be presented Thursday at the NCAA Division III Women's National Championship banquet at Hope College.

Earles is a senior middle hitter from Kentwood (East Kentwood HS).

“To come back from an ACL tear last year and have an All-American season is quite a story - and one attributable to her work ethic, commitment and motivation,” Schmidt said. “I am so proud of her and feel that this honor is not just well deserved but an inspiration to anyone that has been dealt a blow of adversity.  Courtney has not just brought an aggressive swing and strong block to our court but a composure that maintains our confidence even when we are struggling.”

Hazekamp is a sophomore setter from Fruitport (Fruitport HS).

“While this might be Lauren's first year directing our offense, she came in with great experience playing in big matches,” Schmidt said. “She is athletic and savvy, a dangerous combination for a setter.  She consistently gives her hitters great balls and puts them in positions to be successful.  On top of that, she is a terrific defender (averaging almost 3 digs/set). Lauren is a steady leader on the court and that translates into a team that is mentally tough.”

VanderStoep is a junior outside hitter from Holland (West Ottawa HS).