Historic Moments and Notable Performances
Updated through the 2012 season
Volleyball has been an intercollegiate sport at Hope since 1972.
For the first time in school history, the 2009 Flying Dutch advanced to the final four of the NCAA championships. The Flying
Dutch also hosted the NCAA Great Lakes Regional for the first time and finished their MIAA championship season with a school-record 34 wins.
National Championships Photo Galleries / Great Lakes Regional Photo Galleries
The Flying Dutch began playing their home matches at the DeVos Fieldhouse
in 2006, posting a 9-2 record. The 2007 team was undefeated at DeVos (11-0).
An NCAA Division III record
crowd (2,307) was treated to a classic Hope/Calvin volleyball match
Fieldhouse. In a showdown of nationally ranked volleyball teams, the visiting
Knights prevailed in five games, 25-20, 23-25, 13-25, 25-18, 15-13. The
match was moved from the DeVos Fieldhouse volleyball court to the main
arena in order to accomodate
the large turnout of fans.
The six-year record of the Flying Dutch at DeVos Fieldhouse (2006-12) is
2006 Season - 9-2
2007 Season - 11-0
2008 Season - 9-2
2009 Season - 14-1
2010 Season - 12-0
2011 Season - 10-2
2012 Season - 12-1
In seven seasons as head coach (1997-2003), Maureen Dunn guided the Flying
Dutch to four MIAA titles and three appearances in the NCAA Division III
championships. She is the winningest coach in Hope volleyball history, posting
a 168-79 overall
record and 77-15 mark against MIAA opponents.
Current coach Becky Schmidt had an outstanding Hope playing career and is
now coaching the Flying Dutch. Voted the MIAA's most valuable player as a
senior, she became Hope's first Division III All-American in 1998. In nine
seasons she has guided the Flying Dutch to four MIAA championships and six
appearances in the NCAA tournament.
Holly Vandenberg '90 is one of two Hope players to achieve All-MIAA volleyball
honors for four consecutive years. An all-around athlete, she was All-MIAA
twice in basketball and once in softball.
Four of Hope's MIAA championship teams -- 1987 (12-0), 1997 (12-0), 2005 (16-0) and 2009 (16-0) -- were undefeated.
The 2009 and 2010 Flying Dutch led all NCAA Division III in home attendance. The 2009 Flying Dutch averaged 992 fans per match while the average for the 2010 team was 802. Hope's 2009 average home
attendance was the largest in Division III since statistics were first compiled by the NCAA in 1997.
Hope's DeVos Fieldhouse was the site of the 2012 NCAA Division III volleyball championship and will be again in 2013.