2013 Volleyball Schedule
Friday & Saturday, Aug. 30-31, at Bluffton, Ohio Tournament
Friday: Bethany, 5 p.m., Bluffton, 7 p.m.
Saturday: Marietta, 10 a.m., Case-Western, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept 3, *ALMA, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 6, *at Olivet, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7, *TRINE, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7, CHICAGO, 3 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, Sept. 13-14, at Wittenberg Tournament
Friday: vs. Washington-St. Louis, 11:30 a.m., Otterbein, 6 p.m.
Saturday: Heidelberg, noon, Ohio Northern, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17, *at Calvin, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 20, *Saint Mary's, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21, *at Adrian, 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 26, *KALAMAZOO, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 1, *at Albion, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 4, *at Alma, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5, *OLIVET, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 9, *at Trine, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11, HOST MIDWEST INVITATIONAL
Friday: Hope vs. Clarkson, 3 p.m.
Friday: Clarkson vs. Elmhurst, 5:30 p.m.
Friday: Hope vs. Elmhurst, 8 p.m.
Saturday: Hope vs. Wittenberg, 11 a.m. / Mt. Union vs. Bethany, 11 a.m.
Saturday: Hope vs. Mt. Union, 2:30 p.m. / Bethany vs. Wittenberg, 2:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18, *CALVIN, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19, *at Saint Mary's, noon
Wednesday, Oct. 23, *ADRIAN, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 29, *at Kalamazoo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1, *ALBION, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8, MIAA Tournament, tba
Saturday, Nov. 9, MIAA Tournament, tba
Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 14-16, NCAA Regionals, tba
Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 21-23, Hope hosts NCAA Finals at DeVos Fieldhouse
* MIAA Match
2012 Season in Review
2012 Awards Announced and 2013 Captains Named (1/24/13)
L-R: Amy VanderStoep, Courtney Earles, Jillian Sommerville, Nicole George
Most Improved Player - Amy Vander Stoep, sophomore from Holland (West Ottawa HS)
Outstanding Contribution to the Team - Courtney Earles, junior from Kentwood (East Kentwood HS) and Jillian Sommerville, sophomore from Plymouth (Salem HS)
Eye of the Tiger Award - Nicole George, senior from Hamilton (Hamilton HS)
L-R: Courtney Earles and Mari Schoolmaster
Courtney Earles, junior from Kentwood (East Kentwood HS)
Mari Schoolmaster, junior from Portage (Portage Central HS)
Flying Dutch Top Division III in Statistical Areas (12/4/12)
The Flying Dutch were the Division III national leader in two statistical categories, according to the final 2012 season report of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Hope led the 420 Division III teams in assists per set (12.82) and kills per set (13.88). The Flying Dutch also ranked eighth in hitting percentage (.268) and 32nd in blocks per set (2.12).
Sophomore All-American outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer of Hudsonville (Unity Christian HS) ranked fifth among of Division III players in kills per set (4.36) and eighth in points per set (5.01). Grasmeyer set a Hope single season mark for kills per set. Senior All-American setter Greer Bratschie of Grand Rapids (East Grand Rapids HS) ranked ninth in Division III for assists per set (10.74). Greer established the Hope career record for assists per set with an average of 10.49.
Coach Becky Schmidt's Flying Dutch were ranked seventh in the final Division III poll of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) en route to posting a 29-5 season record.
Flying Dutch Ranked Seventh in Final National Poll (11/24/12)
The Flying Dutch were ranked seventh among NCAA Division III teams in the final
2012 poll of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Coach Becky
Schmidt's Flying Dutch posted a 29-5 season record and advanced to the NCAA championship
before bowing in the Regional semi-finals. National champion St. Thomas, Minn.
(39-1) was the unanimous number one pick in the final poll.
All-Americans Greer Bratschie (left) and Jenna Grasmeyer with Coach Becky Schmidt
Hope Players Honored as Volleyball All-Americans (11/12/12)
A successful volleyball season is being rewarded with the recognition of three Hope players by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Sophomore outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer of Hudsonville (Unity Christian HS) has been named a first-team All-American while senior setter Greer Bratschie of Grand Rapids (East Grand Rapids HS) is a third-team All-America honoree. In addition, junior middle hitter Mari Schoolmaster of Portage (Portage Central HS) is an honorable mention All-America.
This marks the first time in school history that two players have been named AVCA All-Americans in the same season. Three players were previously honored -- Becky Schmidt (1998), Andrea Helminiak (2009) and Jacie Fiedler (2010).
Coach Becky Schmidt's Flying Dutch posted a 29-5 season record and advanced to the semi-finals of the Regional tournament in the NCAA championships. Hope's three players were all first-team All-MIAA honorees. Bratschie and Schoolmaster were co-captains of the team. Bratschie was a thee-time All-Region honoree. Hope during her career posted a 115-21 record.
The AVCA All-Americans will be honored Wednesday at the opening banquet of the NCAA Division III championship being hosted by Hope College.
NCAA Tournament Trail Ends for Flying Dutch (11/9/12)
Stats / Regional Photos
The Flying Dutch challenged defending national champion Wittenberg, but were unable to get the decisive points in suffering a a close three-set loss in NCAA Regional play on Friday, 25-22, 26-24, 25-22. Coach Becky Schmidt's Dutch end the season with a 29-5 record. Wittenberg advances to the Regional championship match against Calvin on Saturday. The host Knights eeked out a 3-2 victory over Mt. Union in Friday's other semi-final match.
Flying Dutch Open NCAA Play With Three-Set Victory
The Flying Dutch have advanced to the semi-finals of the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional for a third consecutive year after scoring an opening round three-set sweep over Otterbein, Ohio on Thursday, 25-22, 25-21, 25-22. The stage is set for a showdown of nationally ranked teams on Friday when #6 Hope (29-4) meets #2 Wittenberg (26-4) in a semi-final match beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Calvin College. Wittenberg in its Thursday match swept Ohio Northern. In Thursday's other matches host Calvin topped Heidelberg, Ohio and Mount Union defeated Medaille, N.Y., both in three-set sweeps. Earlier this season Wittenberg defeated the Flying Dutch in four sets.
The Flying Dutch defeated Otterbein for a third time this season with a strong game at the net. The nation's leading Division III team in average kills per set, the Flying Dutch recorded 47 kills led by Jenna Grasmeyer (12) qand Mari Schoolmaster (10). They were supported by setter Greer Bratschie who had 37 assists. On defense, Jessica Maier recorded 20 digs while Grasmeyer had 10.
Greer Bratschie, Jenna Grasmeyer, Jessica Maier, Mari Schoolmaster
Hope Players Receive AVCA All-Region Recognition
Three Hope volleyball players have been named to the Great Lakes
All-Region team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association
(AVCA). The team recognizes NCAA Division III players from colleges
in Kentucky, Michigan,
Ohio and Pennsylvania. Senior setter Greer Bratschies of Grand
Rapids (East Grands HS) is being honored for a third consecutive
year. Named for a second
consecutive year is sophomore outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer
of Hudsonville (Unity Christian HS), and a first-time honoree
is junior middle hitter Mari
Portage (Portage Central HS). In addition, senior libero Jessica
Maier of Grandville (Jenison HS) received honorable mention
recognition. The All-Region honorees become eligible for All-America
All-America team will be announced when Hope College hosts the
NCAA Division III championship from November 15-17.
All-MIAA Honors Include Four Hope Players
Four Hope volleyball players have received coaches' all-conference honors in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). Named to the All-MIAA team first team were senior Greer Bratschie (Grand Rapids/East Grand Rapids HS), sophomore Jenna Grasmeyer (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS), and junior Mari Schoolmaster (Portage/Portage Central HS). Bratschie is being honored for a third time while Grasmeyer is being recognized for the second year. Senior Jessica Maier (Grandville/Jenison HS) was named the Defensive Player of the Year and received All-MIAA second team honors.
Rival Calvin Edges Flying Dutch in MIAA Title Match (11/3/12)
Rival Calvin continued to be the nemesis of the Flying Dutch as the host Knights captured the championship of the MIAA tournament Saturday in a five-set thriller, 25-18, 22-25, 24-26, 25-23, 15-11. It was only Hope's fourth loss of the season, but three of them have been to their rival. Calvin (28-2) gains the MIAA's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III championships while coach Becky Schmidt's Dutch (28-4) will now hope for an at-large bid. The 64-team post-season tournament field will be announced Monday. Hope was seeded third in the most recent Great Lakes Region rankings and fourth in the AVCA Division III national poll. There is added post-season excitement this year because Hope will host the Division III national finals at DeVos Fieldhouse from Nov. 15-17. Eight Regional champions will qualify for the three-day, single eliminaiton tournament.
Flying Dutch Advance to MIAA Tournament Finals (11/2/12)
The fourth-ranked Flying Dutch swept an opponent for the 21st time this season by topping the Alma Scots 25-9, 25-18, 25-9 in a semi-final match of the MIAA tournament. Coach Becky Schmidt's Flying Dutch improved to 28-3 on the season. Hope will be playing in the MIAA tournament championship for the seventh consecutive time, all against rival Calvin. Two of Hope's three losses this season have been to their rival.
The Flying Dutch came into their match with Alma ranked first in Division III in kills per set (13.83) and assists per set (12.84. They did not falter against the Scots, collecting 44 kills and 40 assists over the three sets. The Flying Dutch served 10 aces led by Greer Bratschie with five. Jenna Grasmeyer and Jillian Sommerville each had double-digit kills with 13 and 11 respectively. Bratschie was also credited with 31 assists and a team-best 14 digs.
Flying Dutch Sweep Weekend in Regular Season Finales
Hope 3, Trine 0 / Hope 3, Saint Mary's 1 / Hope 3, Wheaton 0
The nationally ranked Flying Dutch wrapped up their regular season by posting three victories, two against league opponents, this weekend. Coach Becky Schmidt's Flying Dutch posted a 27-3 record, including 14-2 against MIAA opponents, and will enter the conference tournament next weekend at Calvin seeded second. Hope's semi-final opponent will be Alma.
Flying Dutch Celebrate Seniors With Sweep (10/26/12)
Hope's volleyball gym was filled with fans Friday in tribute to Hope's senior players who were playing their final regular season home match. The nationally ranked Flying Dutch rewarded the faithful with a three-set sweep of Trine, 25-9, 25-19, 25-16. Coach Becky Schmidt's Dutch improved to 13-2 in conference matches and to 25-3 overall. It marks the fifth consecutive year that Hope has won 25-or-more matches.
The senior class of Greer Bratschie, Courtney Earles, Nicole George, Jessica Maier and Caitlin Trompeter have been part of 110 victories (against just 17 losses) during their careers.
The Flying Dutch, the NCAA Division III leaders in kills-per-set, added 41 more in the victory led by Jenna Grasmeyer (15 kills). Greer Bratschie led with 10 digs, counted 30 assists and served three aces.
Rival Calvin Sweeps Dutch Before Big DeVos Crowd (10/20/12)
Hope's attempt to gain a share of first place in the MIAA race was dashed by rival Calvin on Saturday before a crowd of more than 2,200 fans at DeVos Fieldhouse. In a showdown of nationally ranked teams, the #4 Knights swept the #2 Flying Dutch in three straight sets, 25-22,25-21,25-18. Calvin moves to 13-0 in the MIAA race while Hope slips two losses behind (12-2) heading into the final week of the regular season. Hope is 24-3 overall.
Road Wins Sets Stage for Title Showdown (10/20/12)
A three-set sweep of Alma on Friday (25-18, 25-21, 25-19) has set the stage for the MIAA title showdown with rival Calvin. Coach Becky Schmidt's Dutch are a game behind league leading Calvin. The Knights are 12-0 in league matches while Hope is 12-1, the only loss coming to Calvin in Grand Rapids a month ago. The Flying Dutch are 24-2 on the season. Sophomore Jenna Grasmeyer led the Dutch at the net with nine kills while Jessica Maier was tops on defense with 20 digs.
Flying Dutch Continue Winning Ways With Road Win (10/15/12)
The nationally ranked Flying Dutch found themselves tested in a league match at Olivet on Tuesday. After winning the first set by a 25-16 score, coach Becky Schmidt's Dutch were challenged by the underdog Comets who won the second set, 25-20. Hope came back to win the next two sets and capture the match, 25-12, 25-13.
Ranked second in the newest AVCA Division III national poll, the Flying Dutch are 23-2 on the season and stand 11-1 in the MIAA.
Jenna Grasmeyer, honored just hours earlier as the Division III national player of the week, led the offense with 17 kills. On defense, Jessica Maier was credited with 13 digs. Serving three aces each were Lauren Hazenkamp and Jessica Maier.
Hope Perfect at Midwest Invitational (10/13/12)
Match Statistics / Invitational Website
The Flying Dutch were undefeated in four matches as they hosted the Midwest Invitational this weekend. Ranked fifth in the nation among NCAA Division III teams, coach Becky Schmidt's Dutch improved to 22-2 on the season. Hope has now won 20-or-more matches in eight consecutive seasons. Two of the victories were over other nationally ranked teams, #9 Elmhurst and #17 UW-Whitewater.
Hope Wins First Two Matches at Midwest Invite
Hope 3, Whitewater 0 / Hope 3, Wisc.-Lutheran 0
The host Flying Dutch were the only team to go unbeaten on the first day of the Midwest Invitational being held at the DeVos Fieldhouse. Hope won its two Friday matches in three-set sweeps while every other schoolm in nthe six-team field suffered at least one loss. Victories over Wisconsin Lutheran (25-9, 25-18, 25-12) and Wisconsin-Whitewater (25-21, 25-19, 25-15) put Hope at 20-2 on the season to mark the eighth straight season that the Flying Dutch have achieved 20-or-more wins.
Flying Dutch Extend Winning Streak With Road Win
The Flying Dutch extended their winning streak to five behind a three-set victory over host Kalamazoo on Wednesday, 25-13, 25-14, 25-20. Coach Becky Schmidt's nationally ranked Flying Dutch improved to 10-1 in conference matches and are 18-2 overall. Sophomore Jenna Grasmeyer tied a school record for kills in a three-set match collecting 21 in 27 attempts. She shares the mark with Jacie Fiedler who had 21 kills in a match against St. Norbert in 2010.
Flying Dutch Gain Weekend Sweep (10/6/12)
Hope 3, Adrian 0 / Hope 3, Albion 0
The Flying Dutch scored a pair of three-set sweeps against league opponent over the weekend, first topping Albion, 25-6, 25-15, 25-10, and then defeating Adrian, 25-9,25-13,25-17. Coach Becky Schmidt's Dutch, ranked fourth nationally among NCAA Division III teams, are 9-1 in league matches and 17-2 overall.
Record Performance Highlights Flying Dutch Victory (10/5/12)
A record performance at the net highlighted a three-set Hope sweep of visiting Albon on Friday, 25-6, 25-15, 25-10. Sophomore Jillian Sommerville set a Hope record for attack percentage (.833) as she recorded 10 kills in just 12 attempts and without an error to help the nationally ranked Flying Dutch improve to 8-1 in MIAA matches and 16-2 overall.
Sophomore teammate Jenna Grasmeyer added 12 kills while senior Jessica Maier was credited with 16 digs and senior Greer Bratschie recored 38 assists.
Flying Dutch Stay Unbeaten on Home Court (10/2/12)
The nationally ranked Flying Dutch quickly dispatched of visiting Saint Mary's Tuesday night to remain undefeated at home, 25-7, 25-15, 25-23. Winners of six in-a-row at home and midway through the conference season, coach Becky Schmidt's Flying Dutch improved to 7-1 in the MIAA and are 15-2 overall. The Flying Dutch are ranked fourth nationally in the new Division III poll.
Dedfense set the tone for the Flying Dutch as 11 players were credited with digs led by Jessica Maier who had 13. Jenna Grasmeyer led the Dutch at the net with 13 kills. Hope was credited with seven service aces led by Allie Mitchell with three.
Flying Dutch Sweep Trine for 14th Win (9/26/12)
The Flying Dutch got back on the winning track with a three-set victory over host Trine on Wednesday, 25-21, 25-11, 25-15. Ranked fourth in the new national Division III poll, coach Becky Schmidt's Flying Dutch improved to 6-1 in the MIAA and are 14-2 overall. Eleven of Hope's 14 victories this season have been three-set sweeps.
Jenna Grasmeyer led the Dutch with 16 kills and four service aces. Jessica Maier was credited with 13 digs while Mari Schoolmaster had four solo blocks and Greer Bratschie counted 25 assists.
Flying Dutch Bow to Rival Calvin (9/22/12)
In a showdown of nationally ranked teams, rival Calvin prevailed over the Flying Dutch in four games on Friday night. Playing before more than 2,700 fans in Grand Rapids, the fourth-ranked Flying Dutch opened with a 26-24 victory, but the second-ranked Knights came back to win the next three, 25-15, 25-23, 25-21. The loss was Hope's first in the MIAA (5-1) and puts coach Becky Schmidt's Dutch at 12-2 on the season.
Flying Dutch Remain Undefeated in MIAA with Sweep (9/18/12)
The nationally ranked Flying Dutch swept an opponent for the tenth time this season to remain undefeated in conference play. Coach Becky Schmidt's Flying topped visiting Alma 25-8, 25-17, 25-12 to improve to improve to 5-0 in the MIAA and 13-1 overall.
The Flying Dutch are ranked fourth in the newest national Division III poll of the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Tuesday's win sets the stage for a showdown on Friday at rival Calvin, also nationally ranked (#2) and unbeaten in the MIAA (5-0).
Recording double-digit kills in Tuesday's win were Jenna Grasmeyer (11) and Anna Lynch (10). Jessica Maier, this week's MIAA specialty player of the week, was credited with nine digs while Greer Bratschie, Elyse Maley and Allie Mitchell each had seven. Bratschie recorded 36 assists while Maier served three aces.
Hope Senior is Honored by MIAA Coaches (9/17/12)
The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Hope libero Jessica Maier its Specialty Player of the Week.
Asenior from Grandville (Jenison HS),Maier averaged 6.4 digs per set at the Wittenberg Fall Classic as she helped the Flying Dutch win
three of four matches. She set a Hope school record for digs in a five-set match with 36 as she helped Hope topple No. 1-ranked Washington, Mo. Maier, who
earned Player of the Week honors for the first time this season and second time in her career, earlier had 14 digs in an MIAA win over Olivet.
Flying Dutch Defeat Top-Ranked Washington-St. Louis (9/15/12)
See Tournamernt Results
The Flying Dutch highlighted play at the Wittenberg Fall Claswsic by defeating top-ranked Washington-St. Louis in five sets on Saturday. The tournament featured four Division III teams -- #1 Washington, #2 Wittenberg, #3 Calvin and #7 Hope. In the end none of the teams went through the two-day tournament unscathed. Hope went 3-1, bowing only to host Wittenberg while defeating Ohio Northern and #14 ranked Otterbein.
Hope's win over Wash-U came in dramatic fashion. The teams split their first four sets and were tied 15-15 in the fifth when freshman Allie Mitchell served back-to-back aces. The loss was Washington's first in 14 matches while Hope improved to 12-1. Sophomore Jenna Grasmeyer (pictured) was named to the all-tournament team.
Flying Dutch Split Matches in Ohio (9/14/12)
Hope/Wittenberg Box Score / Hope/Otterbein Box Score
The Flying Dutch split a pair of matches on the first day of a tournament featuring several nationally ranked teams at Wittenberg University. Coach Becky Schmidt's Flying Dutch opened with a three-set sweep of Otterbein 25-22, 25-19, 25-18 to run their season record to 10-0, but bowed to host Wittenberg in four sets, 21-25, 25-19, 25-13, 25-22. Wittenberg is ranked second in this week's Division III national poll while Hope is ranked seventh.
Against Otterbein, Anna Lynch and Jenna Grasmeyer each had 12 kills while Jessica Maier was credited with 16 digs. Maier followed with 23 digs in the Wittenberg match while Grasmeyer totaled 21 kills and setter Greer Bratschie notched 34 assists.
Flying Dutch Sweep Comets to Remain Undefeated (9/12/12)
The Flying Dutch quickly dispatched of visiting Olivet Wednesday to remain undefeated on the season. In a match that last one minute short of an hour, coach Becky Schmidt's nationally ranked Dutch prevailed 25-16, 25-10, 25-13 to improve to 4-0 in conference matches and to 9-0 overall.
Freshman Allie Mitchell set the tone at the start of the second set by serving 14 consecutive points, behind two service aces and four kills from teammate Jenna Grasmeyer who ended with 11 kills, three aces and six digs. Setter Greer Bratschie was credited with 33 assists while Jessica Maier had 14 digs.
Flying Dutch Win Three in Remain Undefeated (9/8/12)
Hope 3, Adrian 0 / Hope 3, Kalamazoo 0 / Hope 3, Chicago 0
The nationally ranked Flying Dutch won three matches, including two against league opponents, to remain undefeated on the season. Coach Becky Schmidt's Dutch, ranked eighth in Division III,
improved to 8-0 on the season and stand 3-0 in the MIAA, tied for first place with Calvin and Trine. All three victories came on three-set sweeps, including one against #23 nationally ranked University of Chicago.
Flying Dutch Gain League Win to Stay Unbeaten (9/7/12)
The nationally ranked Flying Dutch marked their home debut by quickly dispatching of Adrian in three sets on Friday night, 25-9, 25-10, 25-8. Coach Becky Scmidt's Flying Dutch moved to 2-0 in the MIAA and have a 6-0 overall record.
The Flying Dutch had an impressive .484 attack percentage led by Jenna Grasmeyer's 12 kills and seven by Amy VanderStoep in her first varsity start. Adrian, meanwhile, had a negative .125 attack percentage. Greer Bratschie was credited with 30 assists and three service aces while Allie Mitchell recored nine digs.
The Flying Dutch are back in action on their home court today hosting MIAA rival Kalamazoo (11 a.m.) and nationally ranked Chicago (3 p.m.).
Flying Dutch Launch MIAA Campaign With Sweep (9/4/12)
The nationally ranked Flying Dutch opened MIAA play with a three-set sweep over host Albion on Tuesday night, 25-16, 25-8, 25-14. Coach Becky Schmidt's Dutch, ranked eighth in the latest Division III poll, improved to 5-0 on the young season.
Coach Schmidt was able to go deep into her bench with 16 players seeing action. Sophomore Jenna Grasmeyer was credited with 15 kills while senior Jessica Maier recorded 11 digs. Senior setter Greer Bratschie had 37 assists and served a pair of aces.
MIAA Honors Sophomore Jenna Grasmeyer (9/3/12)
The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Hope outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer its Player of the Week. A sophomore from Jenison (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS), Grasmeyer had 57 kills for an attack percentage of .363 in leading the Flying Dutch to four consecutive victories at the Otterbein/Capital, Ohio Tournament. She also added 30 digs and seven service aces for the tournament. In a four-set victory over Capital, Grasmeyer slammed 20 kills and added 12 digs, and she added 15 kills and 10 digs in a four-set victory over Mount Union, Ohio. She is being honored as Player of the Week for the third time in her career.
Flying Dutch Open Season With Four Victories (9/1/12)
The nationally ranked Flying Dutch lived up to their pre-season billing this past weekend posting four victories against opponents in Ohio. In their season-openers on Friday, coach Becky Schmidt's Flying Dutch gained a four-set victory over Mt. Union (25-17, 27-25, 22-25, 25-16) and followed with a three-set sweep of Otterbein (25-17, 25-22, 25-14). On Saturday the Flying Dutch swept Transylvania, Pa. in three sets (25-19, 25-18, 25-23) and ended the weekend with a four-set victory over host Capital (25-9, 25-13, 22-25, 25-16). Senior setter Greer Bratschie was named to the all-tournament team.
2012 Pre-Season Outlook
The Flying Dutch will be seeking to continue a tradition of excellence with an extra incentive this season.
Hope College will be hosting the finals of the NCAA Division III volleyball championships in mid-November. Coach Becky Schmidt's Flying Dutch will be seeking to advance to the post-season tournament for a fifth consecutive year.
A year ago the Flying Dutch were nationally ranked throughout the season, The team were runnersup in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), surpassed 20-wins for a school-record seventh consecutive year with a 25-7 record. Hope's winningest volleyball coach, Schmidt will be guiding the Flying Dutch for her ninth season.
Co-captains of the 2012 team will be senior Greer Bratschie of Grand Rapids (East Grand Rapids HS), senior Courtney Earles of Kentwood (East Kentwood HS) and junior Mari Schoolmaster of Portage (Portage Central HS). The pre-season of returning players includes seven sophomores, five juniors and four seniors.
Four players who received All-MIAA honors in 2011 return. Bratschie and sophomore Jenna Grasmeyer of Hudsonville (Unity Christian HS) were All-MIAA first team honorees while Schoolmaster and senior Jessica Maier of Grandville (Jenison HS) received second team recognition. Grasmeyer was also honored as the MIAA's freshman of the year. Sophomore Jillian Sommerville of Plymouth (Salem HS) was voted the team's most improved player.
The team's setter, Bratschie in 2011 ranked tenth nationally (NCAA Division III) in assists per set (10.17). Grasmeyer in her first collegiate season as middle hitter ranked 42nd nationally in kills per set (3.78).
Hope's DeVos Fieldhouse will be the site of the NCAA Division III finals featuring the eight regional tournament champions on Nov. 15-17.
Hope/Calvin Volleyball Rivalry Has Familiar Outlook (8/16/12)
The exciting Hope/Calvin volleyball rivalry of recent years will
continue in the upcoming season if the pollsters are correct.
The Calvin Knights and Hope Flying Dutch have been tabbed to finish
one-two in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)
race and both teams are included in the top ten of the American
Volleyball Coaches Association national pre-season NCAA Division III
poll -- Calvin at #3 and Hope at #8.
A year ago Calvin and Hope were one-two in the MIAA standings and each
advanced to the NCAA championships where the Knights eliminated the
Flying Dutch from competition. Calvin ended the season with a 33-1
record while Hope was 25-7.
In this year's pre-season poll of MIAA coaches Calvin received six
first places votes while Hope garnered three. The complete poll: 1.
Calvin 10 pts., 2. Hope 13, 3. Alma 26, 4. Trine 29, 5. Kalamazoo 38,
6. Saint Mary's 40, 7. Adrian 48, 8. Olivet 58, 9. Albion 62.
The top-ranked team in the national poll is Christopher Newport, Va.
Defending national champion Wittenberg, Ohio is ranked third.
This season Hope and Calvin have an added incentive to gain the NCAA
championships as Hope will host the national finals at DeVos
Fieldhouse on Nov. 15-17.
Flying Dutch Volleyball Team Honored for Academics (7/23/12)
The 2011-12 Hope volleyball team has been named a recipient of the Team Academic Award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
The award, earned by 90 of the estimated 400 NCAA Division III programs, honors teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. This is the fourth consecutive year that Hope has been presented the AVCA recognition.
The Flying Dutch, coached by Becky Schmidt, maintained the highest GPA among Hope's 18 athletic teams during the 2011-12 school year, at 3.739.
This honor brings to nine the number of Hope athletic teams named to national academic honor rolls in 2011-12, joining men's and women's cross country, men's and women's swimming & diving, women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, and women's golf.
Academic Honor Roll Team
2011 Season in Review
2011 Season in Review
Enjoy Video Highlights
of 2011 Season
Photo Highlights of
2011 Team Awards (111/12)
Outstanding Contribution (a player who has given the most of themselves to the program and her teammates): Jackie Canonaco, senior from Arlington Heights, Ill. (Prospect HS)
Eye of the Tiger (a player who performed under pressure and whose consistency made a significant impact on the teams success): Greer Bratschie, junior from Grand Rapids (East Grand Rapids HS)
Most Improved Player: Jillian Sommerville, freshman from Plymouth (Salem HS)
Jackie Canonaco, Greer Bratschie, Jilliam Sommerville
Flying Dutch Compete in NCAA Tournament (11/11/11)
Nationally ranked throughout the season, the 2011 Flying Dutch were runnersup in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), surpassed 20-wins for a school-record seventh consecutive year and advanced to the NCAA Division III
championships for a fourth consecutive year. Coach Becky Schmidt's Flying Dutch posted a 25-7 season record.
The Flying Dutch advanced to the semi-finals of the NCAA Regional tournament and for the third consecutive year were ranked in the national Division III poll of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) at #14.
Greer Bratschie, Jenna Grasmeyer, Jessica Maier, Mari Schoolmaster
Four players received All-MIAA honors. Freshman Jenna Grasmeyer (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) and junior Greer Bratschie (Grand Rapids/East Grand Rapids HS) received first team recognition
while sophomore Mari Schoolmaster (Portage/Portage Central HS) and junior Jessica Maier (Grandville/Jenison HS) received second teams honors.
Jenna Grasmeyer was also honored as the MIAA freshman of the year.
The Flying Dutch recorded the 200th victory under coach Becky Schmidt. Her eight-year Hope record thru the 2011 season
is 207-63 (.767), including 127-17 in conference matches.
2011 MIAA Players of the Week
Jenna Grasmeyer (twice), freshman from Hudsonville (Unity Christian HS)
Mari Schoolmaster, sophomore from Portage (Portage Central HS)
Greer Bratschie (twice), junior from Grand Rapids (East Grand Rapids HS)
Flying Dutch Rank High in NCAA Statistics (11/20/11)
The Flying Dutch were ranked among the statistical leaders in CAA Division III during the 2011 season.
Junior setter Greer Bratschie (Grand Rapids/East Grand Rapids HS) ranked 10th nationally in assists at 10.17 per set.
Freshman middle hitter Jenna Grasmeyer (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) ranked 42nd nationally in kills per set (3.78) and 41st in points per set (4.41).
Hope as a team was ranked high in several categories -- #10 in assists per set (12.19), #13 in kills per set (13.16), #27 in hitting percentage (.248) and #39 in match won/loss percentage (.781).
Flying Dutch Among Division III Leaders in Home Attendance
Hope College was among the nation's NCAA Division III leaders in average home attendance for home volleyball games in 2011.
The Flying Dutch ranked second among the more than 400-members of Division IIII trailing only rival Calvin in average attendance at 624 fans
across 12 matches. Calvin averaged 803 fans over 16 dates. Hope led Division III in attendance in 2009 and 2010.