Volleyball Splits Opening Matches At DePauw Invitational

The sixth-ranked Hope College volleyball team split its first two matches at the DePauw Invitational on Friday in Greencastle, Indiana.

The Flying Dutch rallied to defeat Hanover, Indiana to five games before losing in three to DePauw.

Hope (8-1 overall) will conclude the tournament with matches against Rose-Hulman, Indiana and Millikin, Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Against Hanover, the Flying Dutch beat a seven-win opponent 19-25, 17-25, 25-23, 32-30, 15-9 behind a career-high 50 assists from junior setter Sophia Hackett of Indianapolis, Indiana (Brebeuf Jesuit Prep) and a career-high 25 kills from sophomore Katie Rietberg of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa).

Rietberg totaled five kills during the decisive fifth set alone.

Senior Sarah Feldpausch of White Cloud, Michigan (White Cloud) netted 12 kills. Senior middle blocker Courtney Van Houzen of Traverse City, Michigan (West) totaled 11 kills, while junior Haley Muller of Grand Rapids, Michigan (GR Christian) added 10.

Against an eight-win DePauw, the Flying Dutch struggled against the opposing block. The Tigers racked up five solo blocks and 10 assisted blocks to limit Hope to a season-low .048 hitting percentage.

Rietberg's nine kills and Van Houzen's eight topped the Flying Dutch.

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