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2014 Division III Women’s Volleyball

The Flying Dutch down Emory in five sets to make history

Before the season started, the Hope College women’s volleyball team wanted to take the program to unprecedented heights.

The mission was accomplished as the Flying Dutch capped a 34-2 season with a 21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 15-8 victory Nov. 24 over Emory University in the finals of the NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship in Newport News, Virginia.

It is the first national title for Hope volleyball, and it joined the school’s women’s basketball teams in 1990 and 2006 as women’s teams to win an NCAA championship.

Senior outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer led Hope with 22 kills in the final en route to being named the Most Outstanding Player in the tournament.

“I’m so glad I chose to go here,’’ said Grasmeyer after the victory in the final match. “To make history, it’s incredible.”

Emory (39-4) delayed the celebration for the Flying Dutch by rallying from a 14-7 deficit in the fourth set for a 26-24 win. Hope scored the first seven points in the winner-take-all fifth set to take control of the match.

Hope’s only two losses this season came against rival Calvin College, which most recently beat the Flying Dutch Nov. 8 in the finals of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament.

The Flying Dutch avenged that loss with sweep of their rivals, the defending national champions, in the national semifinals Nov. 22. Following that victory, Hope’s players knew making history could become a reality.

“We’ve had this goal for years,” said Flying Dutch senior outside hitter Anna Lynch. “We’re a powerhouse at Hope, and we keep setting our expectations higher and higher. We have been working on this for a really long time. It feels great to have it all come together.”

 

The Results

FINALS
Hope def. Emory 21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 15-8.

SEMIFINALS
Emory def. Wisconsin-Stevens Point 26-24, 18-25, 25-18, 27-25.
Hope def. Calvin 28-26, 25-18, 25-14.

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Jenna Grasmeyer (Hope)

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Jenna Grasmeyer, Hope
Lauren Hazekamp, Hope
Amy VanderStoep, Hope
Leah Jacobs, Emory
Sydney Miles, Emory
Maggie Kamp, Calvin
Alexis Hartman, Wisconsin-Stevens Point

ELITE 89 WINNER
Jayne Kessel (Hope) chemistry and Spanish major with 4.00 GPA

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