A balanced attack powered the seventh-ranked Hope College volleyball team to a 3-1 win against Alma Wednesday at DeVos Fieldhouse in its home and Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association openers.
Six different Flying Dutch recorded at least six kills during the 25-16, 23-25, 25-12, 25-20 victory.
Sophomore Katie Rietberg of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa HS) led Hope with 10 kills.
Junior Haley Muller of Grand Rapids, Michigan (GR Christian) chipped in nine kills.
Junior Paige Baker of Encinitas, California (La Costa Canyon) added six kills.
Junior Sophia Hackett of Indianapolis, Indiana (Brebeuf Jesuit Prep) totaled six kills from her setter position. She also collected 38 assists and three services aces.
Kills from four different players fueled a string of seven consecutive points that gave the Flying Dutch a commanding 14-5 lead in the third set after Alma (4-2, 0-1 MIAA) took the second set.
Hope returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 10 with a 4:30 p.m. MIAA match at Olivet. The start time was originally 1 p.m.