The Hope College volleyball team pushed its top-ranked rival for three sets before finally dropping their national showdown 25-20, 25-21, 29-27 on Wednesday at DeVos Fieldhouse.
The sixth-ranked Flying Dutch were denied sending the match to a fourth set four times, with Calvin scoring the final three points to take the 92nd edition of The Rivalry.
Hope fell to 13-2 on the season and 6-1 in MIAA play after its five-match win streak was snapped. Calvin improved to 13-0 overall and 7-0 in league matches.
"We got pushed tonight and definitely learned some things," said senior Courtney Van Houzen of Traverse City, Michigan (West HS). "It is always been a battle between Hope and Calvin and it will always be a battle — and that's exciting."
Senior Sarah Feldpausch of White Cloud, Michigan (White Cloud HS) topped the Flying Dutch with 14 kills and a .591 kill percentage. She surpassed her total of 14 kills in her three matches against Calvin last season.
Van Houzen collected eight kills, while sophomore Katie Rietberg of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa HS) added seven.
Junior setter Sophia Hackett of Indianapolis, Indiana (Brebeuf Jesuit Prep) recorded 27 assists.
Hope limited one of the nation's top serving teams to seven aces - match the Knights' season-low. Calvin coach Amber Warners said the Flying Dutch's serve-receive was the best by an opponent this season.
Calvin leads the all-time series by a 63-29 margin. The Knights have won the past four matches in The Rivalry since the Flying Dutch won their national semifinal in 2014 en route to their first national title.
Calvin will host the rematch against Hope on Friday, Oct. 28.
The Flying Dutch's next match is Tuesday, Oct. 4 against Kalamazoo at DeVos Fieldhouse.