Hope-Adrian Volleyball Preview

Welcome to today's MIAA volleyball match between the Hope College Flying Dutch and the Adrian Bulldogs. The Flying Dutch come in ranked seventh in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division III poll.

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Tonight is the 82nd match all-time between the Flying Dutch and Bulldogs. Hope leads the all-time series 65-16, including a pair of 3-1 wins during the regular-season and a 3-0 victory during the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament semifinal at Calvin.

Hope players entered the weekend ranked among the top five of MIAA leaders in several categories: Sophia Hackett in digs and service aces, Katie Rietberg in kills and Alexis Thompson in digs.

Courtney Van Houzen's 14 kills powered the Flying Dutch past Adrian in last year's postseason meeting. She had a blistering .448 kill percentage. Katie Rietberg chipped in 10 kills.

Hope has enjoyed a home-court advantage at DeVos Fieldhouse since the facility opened for the 2006 season. Entering play the weekend, the Flying Dutch have posted an 115-11 home record for a 91.3 winning percentage at DeVos Fieldhouse.

Hope drew the third-largest average of fans to home games in the nation during the 2015 season at 581 per match. Thank you fans! We also led NCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball attendance and placed in the top 10 in both men's and women's soccer home attendance.

With 11 wins heading into this weekend already, Hope's bid to reach the 20-win mark for the 10th consecutive time this season is off to a great start. The Flying Dutch last did not get to 20 wins in 2004 when they finished 19-14 in Becky Schmidt's first season as head coach.

Hope's next match is Wednesday, Sept. 28 against top-ranked Calvin at DeVos Fieldhouse. Start time is 6:30 p.m. The Flying Dutch then close out a four-game homestand on Tuesday, Oct. 4 against Kalamazoo.

Fans, you can participate in our weekly Buffalo Wild Wings Brain Buster Trivia at every Saturday home event this school year. Look for the trivia question on Hope Athletics' Twitter account at kickoff and tweet your guess for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Buffalo Wild Wings. All guesses must tag Hope Athletics and include the hashtag BWW Brain Buster.

Order your Hope College volleyball and athletics gear online through our Sideline Store. Customize items with whatever Flying Dutchmen or Flying Dutch team you want. Visit hope.edu/sideline story to find your gear.

Download the new Hope Athletics Front Row app. Just search Hope Athletics on either the App Store or Google play. Fans can sign up for breaking news, scores and alerts of any Hope team they would like. Learn more at athletics.hope.edu/frontrow.

Need something to eat or drink at today's game? Check out Hope College Concessions on lobby for food, snacks, pop and water. Credit and debit cards are accepted.

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