by Alan Babbitt
The Rivalry taught a young and promising Hope College volleyball team more about the level of play the Flying Dutch are striving to reach.
The 19th-ranked Flying Dutch fell in three sets to second-ranked Calvin University on Saturday in front of a DeVos Fieldhouse crowd of 1,483.
Hope battled back in the second and third sets before dropping the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association match, 25-12, 25-22, 25-23. The Flying Dutch fell to 11-4 overall and 1-1 in MIAA play.
Photo by Lynne Powe
"We are grateful for The Rivalry. Being in those types of pressure situations is the heart of what competitive athletics is about," head coach Becky Schmidt said. "In this type of match, there is a certain mentality you need to bring, and that mentality was not consistent for us. It's not how we started out of the match. It was not how we finished the match.
"There were some times Calvin played with it. There were times we did. We need to find that a little more consistently."
In the 117th Hope-Calvin volleyball match, Calvin jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first set and a 6-0 lead in the second set.
The Flying Dutch did not take a lead until the third set. They were up 16-13 in the third set before the Knights rallied with 12 of the final 19 points to close out the match.
Calvin outhit Hope .270 to .202 with a plus-12 advantage in total kills.
Sophomore outside hitter Ana Grunewald of Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids HS) totaled 11 kills to lead the Flying Dutch.
Sophomore middle hitter McKenna Otto of Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton North) chipped in eight kills for Hope.
Calvin's Sarah DeVries recorded a game-high 16 kills and 22 assists. The Knights are now 12-1 overall and 1-0 in MIAA play.
The Flying Dutch's next match is Tuesday, October 8 against Kalamazoo College at DeVos Fieldhouse.