posted November 25, 2001

Softball Team Excels in Classroom

The 2001 Hope College softball team excelled in the classroom as well as on the field.

The Flying Dutch had the fifth best cumulative grade point average among all NCAA Division III colleges during the 2000-01 school year.

The All-Academic Teams are recognized by the National Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association.

The leading Division III school was the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse with a GPA of 3.460 on a 4.0 scale. Hope tied for fifth place with Saint Mary's College of Minnesota at 3.410.

The MIAA had three teams ranked in the top five of the honor roll -- #3 Adrian (3.430), #4 Albion (3.420) and #5 Hope (3.410).

For a record eighth consecutive year, the 2001 Flying Dutch surpassed 20 victories in a season. Coach Karla Wolters' Dutch finished second in the MIAA standings while posting an overall 21-12 mark. One of the games was an exciting 10-inning, 3-2 loss to eventual national champion Muskingum, Ohio. The Dutch posted their 300th victory under Coach Wolters, who in 14 seasons at Hope is 310-178 and in 23 years of coaching college softball is 479-256.