by Alan Babbitt
The 12th-ranked Hope College volleyball team split its matches during the finale of the Millikin University (Illinois) Midseason Showcase on Saturday.
The Flying Dutch opened with a forfeit win against Buena Vista University (Iowa) after Buena Vista did not have enough healthy players to start the match.
Hope (12-4 overall) then fell to 10th-ranked Thomas More College (Kentucky) in three sets.
Junior outside hitter Ryann Stutz of Kalamazoo, Michigan (Parchment HS) recorded a team-high eight kills during the 25-22, 25-21, 25-11 loss to Thomas More.
Thomas More (16-1) limited the Flying Dutch to a season-low .073 hitting as a team.
Hope's next match is Tuesday at Kalamazoo with a 7 p.m. start time.