MIAA CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE
Presented to the team deemed to have the best or most significant performance in a MIAA Championship match, series, or tournament in a given year.
Women's Cross Country – The Flying Dutch ran their way to a sweet repeat of the MIAA Championship title in the fall of 2016. Hope recorded seven of the fastest 13 times during the 6K race, including all five of its scoring runners in the Top 10. The Flying Dutch won the championship event with 33 points, 12 points ahead of runner-up Calvin.
Men’s Golf – Two of the top MIAA men’s golf performances in Hope College history propelled the Flying Dutchmen to their fourth consecutive league championship and 20th overall in the fall of 2016. Hope earned the outright MIAA title with a six-round total of 1,760 for an average of 293.3 strokes. The Flying Dutchmen finished the championship 33 strokes ahead of runner-up Calvin.
Women’s Tennis – At the 2016 MIAA Tournament Championship, the Flying Dutch came from behind to beat Kalamazoo 5-4 and clinch the team’s fifth consecutive tournament title. Hope won four of the six singles matches after trailing 2-1 following doubles play. This victory secured a spot for the Flying Dutch in the NCAA Tournament.
Volleyball – The Flying Dutch handed the #1 nationally ranked Calvin team its first lost of the season in a thrilling five-set victory in the MIAA Tournament Final. Hope’s 14-25, 25-22, 25-16, 19-25, 15-13 victory gave the Flying Dutch an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Women’s Golf – The Flying Dutch won the MIAA Championship title for the third consecutive year in the fall of 2016. With 1,903 strokes over 108 holes, Hope finished 48 strokes ahead of runner-up Saint Mary’s in the overall standings. The team’s average of 317.2 in tournament play surpassed the previous MIAA record of 322.7 held by Olivet since 2013.
Women’s Soccer – In the MIAA Tournament Championship, the Flying Dutch defeated Alma 4-2 to earn the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Hope came from behind twice to tie the game 2-2 going into halftime. Two second-half goals by the Flying Dutch snapped the tie to secure the victory for Hope.