The Hope College volleyball team is national champion for the first time after topping Emory (Georgia) in five sets on Monday, Nov. 24.
The second-ranked Flying Dutch won 21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 15-8 at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, in the NCAA Division III championship game.
Hope (34-2 overall) joined the 2006 and 1990 women's basketball teams as national title winners.
The Flying Dutch also matched the 2009 volleyball team that went 34-4 for wins in a single season.
Senior outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer of Jenison, Michigan (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS), recorded a match-high 22 kills against fifth-ranked Emory (39-4). Hope's all-time leader in kills and three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association First Team All-American was named the Championship's Most Outstanding Player.
Senior outside hitter Amy VanderStoep of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa HS), totaled a career-high 19 kills and earned all-tournament honors.
Junior setter Lauren Hazekamp of Fruitport, Michigan (Fruitport HS), totaled a career-high 58 assists. The two-time AVCA Second Team All-American made the all-tournament team.
Senior Anna Lynch of Lake Odessa, Michigan (Lakewood HS), chipped in 16 kills.
Senior middle hitter Jillian Sommerville of Plymouth, Michigan (Salem HS), contributed seven kills, while senior Elyse Maley collected 19 digs.
Hope's senior class totaled a career record of 120-17 over the past four years.