2012 Hope Volleyball Results
2012 Season Summary
Overall Record: 29-5
MIAA Record: 14-2 (Second Place)
NCAA Tournament: Advanced to second round
Friday-Saturday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, at Otterbein/Capital, Ohio Invitational
Friday at Otterbein -- Hope def. Mt. Union 25-17, 27-25, 22-25, 25-16 stats
Friday: Hope d. Otterbein 25-17, 25-22, 25-14 stats
Saturday at Capital -- Hope d. Transylvania, Pa. 25-19, 25-18, 25-23 stats
Saturday -- Hope d. Capital 25-9, 25-13, 22-25, 25-16 stats
Tuesday, Sept. 4, *Hope d. Albion 25-16, 25-8, 25-14 stats
Friday, Sept. 7, *Hope d. Adrian 25-9, 25-10, 25-8 stats
Saturday, Sept. 8, *Hope d. Kalamazoo 25-14, 25-12, 25-14 stats
Saturday, Sept. 8, Hope d. Chicago 25-13, 25-15, 25-15 stats
Wednesday, Sept. 12, *Hope d. Olivet 25-16, 25-10, 25-13 stats
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 14-15, Great Lakes Challenge at Wittenberg, Ohio
Friday - Hope d. Otterbein 25-22, 25-19, 25-18 stats
Friday - Wittenberg d. Hope 21-25, 25-19, 25-13, 25-22 stats
Saturday - Hope d. Ohio Northern 25-16, 25-19, 25-20 stats
Saturday - Hope d. Washington-St. Louis 25-23, 18-25, 25-27, 25-20, 17-15 stats
Tuesday, Sept. 18, *Hope d. Alma 25-8, 25-17, 25-13 stats
Friday, Sept. 21, *Calvin d. Hope 24-26, 25-15, 25-23, 25-21 stats
Wednesday, Sept. 26, *Hope d. Trine 25-21, 25-11, 25-15 stats
Tuesday, Oct. 2, *Hope d. Saint Mary's 25-7, 25-15, 25-23 stats
Friday, Oct. 5, *Hope d. Albion 25-6, 25-15, 25-10 stats
Saturday, Oct. 6, *Hope d. Adrian 25-9,25-13,25-17 stats
Wednesday, Oct. 10, *Hope d. Kalamazoo 25-13, 25-14, 25-20 stats
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 12-13, Host Midwest Invitational Invitational Website
Friday- Hope d. Wisconsin Lutheran 25-9, 25-18, 25-15 stats
Friday - Hope d. UW-Whitewater 25-21, 25-19, 25-15 stats
Saturday - Hope d. Elmhurst 30-32, 25-12, 25-23, 23-25, 15-10 stats
Saturday - Hope d. Dominican 25-20, 25-14, 19-25, 24-19 stats
Tuesday, Oct. 16, *Hope d. Olivet 25-16, 20-25, 25-12, 25-13 stats
Friday, Oct. 19, *Hope d. Alma 25-18, 25-21, 25-19 stats
Saturday, Oct. 20, *Calvin d. Hope 25-22, 25-21, 25-18 stats
Friday, Oct. 26, *Hope d. Trine 25-9, 25-19, 25-16 stats
Saturday, Oct. 27, *Hope d. Saint Mary's 23-25, 32-20, 25-22, 25-17 stats
Saturday, Oct. 27, Hope d. Wheaton 25-10, 25-15, 25-15 stats
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 2-3, MIAA Tournament at Calvin College
Friday: Semis -- Hope d. Alma 25-9, 25-18, 25-9 stats
Saturday: Championship -- Calvin d. Hope 25-18, 22-25, 24-26, 25-23, 15-11 stats
Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 8-10, NCAA Regional Tournament at Calvin
Thursday: Quarterfinal -- Hope d. Otterbein 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 stats
Friday: Semi-Final -- Wittenberg d. Hope 25-22, 26-24, 25-22 stats
* MIAA Match
2012 Season in Review
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)
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.
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.
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.