by Alan Babbitt
Season-high kills from middle hitter McKenna Otto and outside hitter Ana Grunewald helped the 13th-ranked Hope College volleyball team rebound at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational on Friday in Pittsburgh.
Otto, pictured left, and Grunewald, pictured right, powered the Flying Dutch to a four-set victory against the University of Mount Union (Ohio) after dropped the first match of the day to unbeaten Muskingum University (Ohio) in three sets.
Now 6-2 on the season, Hope concludes the two-day tournament on Saturday with matches against 10th-ranked Carnegie Mellon and Case Western Reserve University (Ohio).
Against Mount Union (9-3 overall), Otto collected a match-high 16 kills on 33 chances and a .212 kill percentage during the 25-15, 24-26, 26-24, 25-14 victory. The sophomore from Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton North HS) also recorded four blocks.
Grunewald, the reigning MIAA Volleyball Athlete of the Week, finished with 15 kills on 28 chances for a .429 kill percentage. The sophomore from Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids) also totaled 14 digs.
Sophomore outside hitter Molly Ligon of Beverly Hills, Michigan (Birmingham Seaholm) equaled her season-high with 10 kills on 29 chances for a .241 kill percentage.
Against Muskingum (9-0), Hope lost 25-17, 25-21, 25-16.
Senior outside hitter Ryann Stutz of Kalamazoo, Michigan (Parchment) topped the Flying Dutch with eight kills. Otto had eight.