by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College volleyball team is returning to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the 15th time in school history and the 11th time under head coach Becky Schmidt.
The 14th-ranked Flying Dutch received an at-large berth to the national tournament after finishing second in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings and league tournament.
Hope (25-7 overall) will face DePauw University, Indiana (17-10) on Thursday in a regional hosted by Calvin College 3 p.m.
Thursday's winner advances to face either Wittenberg University, Ohio (23-2) or Carthage College, Wisconsin (21-10) in Friday's semifinal.
Other first-round games Thursday pit Calvin (28-1) against Greenville University, Illinois (23-10) and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (24-7) against Ohio Northern University (22-7).
Ticket prices are $6 for general admission, $4 for senior citizens, members of the military and students ($3 for Calvin students with an ID) and $3 for children ages two-to-12.
All sessions passes (good for all three days) will be $12 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens, members of the military and students and $7 for children ages two-to-12.
Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Hope is seeking its fourth regional championship. The Flying Dutch previously claimed regional titles in 2014, 2013 and 2009.
In 2014, Hope went on to claim its first national championship.
The Flying Dutch return to the NCAA Tournament after a one-year absence. Hope advanced nine consecutive times from 2008-16.