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Hope Volleyball Wins NCAA D-III Tournament Opener

by Carolyn Binder


No. 2-Ranked Flying Dutch Sweep Webster In NCAA Tournament

The Hope volleyball team made quick work of its first opponent in the NCAA Division III Tournament, beating Webster (Mo.) in three sets on Thursday at the Elmhurst, Ill., Regional hosted by Elmhurst College.

The Flying Dutch won 25-21, 25-15, 25-17 to improve to 30-2 overall and advance to Friday’s 4:30 p.m. CST Great Lakes Regional semifinal against either DePauw or Otterbein. DePauw and Otterbein play each other at 3 p.m. CST.

Junior Jenna Grasmeyer of Jenison (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS) topped Hope with 18 kills and a .457 kill percentage. It was her 28th match this season with double-digit kills.

Junior Anna Lunch of Lake Odessa (Lakewood HS) contributed nine kills for the Flying Dutch, while junior outside hitter Amy VanderStoep of Holland (West Ottawa HS) added eight with a .471 kill percentage.

Senior Mari Schoolmaster of Portage (Portage Central HS) added seven kills for Hope. Sophomore setter Lauren Hazekamp of Fruitport (Fruitport HS) collected 34 assists.

Hope limited Webster’s 2012 Third Team All-American, middle blocker Sam Kersting to four kills and a minus-.059 kill percentage.

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All-Region Honors Aplenty For No. 2-Ranked Flying Dutch

The Hope volleyball team has placed four players on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Great Lakes All-Region Team in NCAA Division III.

Additionally, the Flying Dutch’s Becky Schmidt has been chosen AVCA Division III Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year.

Hope’s player honorees are senior middle hitter Courtney Earles of Kentwood (East Kentwood HS), junior outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer of Jenison (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS), junior outside hitter Amy VanderStoep of Holland (West Ottawa HS) and sophomore setter Lauren Hazekamp of Fruitport (Fruitport HS).

All-region players are eligible for All-America consideration that will be announced during the Nov. 21-23 Division III Women’s Volleyball Championships being hosted by Hope College.

This is the largest number of all-region selections the Flying Dutch have had in a single season. They passed the previous mark of three set in 2009 and 2012.

The all-region honor is the third for Grasmeyer. She can join Holly VanderBerg (1986-89) as a four-time all-region honoree next season. Heather Velting (1997-99) and Greer Bratschie (2010-12) also are three-time, all-region picks for the Flying Dutch.

Schmidt has guided the Flying Dutch to a 29-2 overall record and a share of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) regular-season title this season.

Hope is ranked second in the AVCA poll heading into the Division III national tournament. The Flying Dutch were ranked No. 1 for three weeks.