posted November 7, 2000

Flying Dutch Headed to Wisconsin For NCAA Volleyball Playoffs

The MIAA champion Hope College volleyball team will open play in the NCAA Division III playoffs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Thursday (Nov. 8).

The Flying Dutch gained a berth in the 44-team field by capturing the championship of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) tournament with a four-game victory over rival Calvin on Saturday.

Coach Maureen Dunn will be taking the Flying Dutch (30-7) to the NCAA championships for the third time in four years.

The Midwest regional at Wisconsin-Whitewater will consist of six teams. Host Whitewater is seeded first followed by Wisconsin-River Falls, Elmhurst, Ill., DePauw, Ind., Hope and Lake Forest, Ill.

Hope (30-7) will meet DePauw (32-5) in one of Thursday's two quarterfinal matches while Lake Forest (23-5) will meet Elmhurst (32-7) in the other. Starting times for the matches have not been announced.

Friday's semi-final matchups would pit the Hope/DePauw winner against Whitewater (36-1) and the Lake Forest/Elmhurst winner against River Falls (27-10). The finals would be Saturday.

The Flying Dutch will be competing in the NCAA championships for the fourth time in school history (1987, 1997, 1998). Hope has a 2-3 record in NCAA play.

The Dutch were also the regular season MIAA champions. This is the third time in school history that a team has won 30 or more matches in a season. The 1998 team posted a 33-8 mark advancing to the second of the NCAA tournament. The 1987 team was 32-3 and also advanced to the NCAA's second round before losing.

In four seasons under coach Dunn the Flying Dutch have posted a 109-37 (75%) record with three MIAA championships. This year's team also had the distinction of going undefeated (12-0) on their home floor.