by Alan Babbitt
Emma DuMez slammed the kill down for a point and sent Hope College volleyball Becky Schmidt sprinting in exuberance down the Flying Dutch bench.
The point was one of many highlights for 15th-ranked Hope in a three-set Senior Day victory against Olivet College on Saturday at DeVos Fieldhouse.
The Flying Dutch honored five seniors before the regular-season home finale, including DuMez, an outside hitter from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (Badger HS).
"One of the things we have been talking about this last week is seizing the opportunity when it comes," Schmidt said after the 25-19, 25-14, 25-18 victory. "Emma played great today and took advantage of the opportunity when she got it. But I thought that swing really hit the nail on the head. It was just a great example of somebody seizing the opportunity and going after it."
Dumez finished with a team-high eight kills and a .692 hitting percentage against Olivet (14-14, 2-6 MIAA).
She helped the Flying Dutch secure a second-place finish in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings and a first-round bye for next week's MIAA Tournament at Calvin College.
Hope (24-6, 7-1 MIAA) will play in Friday's semifinals against an opponent and at a time to be determined.
Senior outside hitter Katie Rietberg of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa) added eight kills.
Senior middle hitter Vanessa Reynhout of Freeport, Michigan (Lakewood) chipped in six kills.
Senior middle hitter Grace Ditzenberger of Centennial, Colorado (Chaparral) totaled five kills.
Senior outside hitter Emily Farwell of Lowell, Michigan (Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central) had four kills.