For the first time in the storied history of Hope College women’s basketball, two Flying Dutch teammates are first-team All-Americans in the same season.
Guard Kenedy Schoonveld and forward Olivia Voskuil both have been selected for the 2021 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division III Coaches All-America Team. The two seniors are among 10 first-team selections.
This is Schoonveld’s second WBCA All-America honor and Voskuil’s first. This season, they helped Hope go undefeated and finish ranked No. 1 for the second consecutive season. The Flying Dutch are on a school-record, 45-game winning streak that is the eighth-longest in Division III women’s basketball history
“We are excited for the recognition of two great student-athletes,” head coach Brian Morehouse said. “Kenedy and Olivia would be the first to recognize their teammates as deserving of the credit for this accomplishment. Also, both have over 3.8 grade-point averages, so they are winning in all facets of their lives.”
Schoonveld is a social work major from Zeeland, Michigan (Holland Christian HS). Voskuil is a civil engineering major from Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian), They join Maura McAfee (2016), Carrie Snikkers (2009-11) and Jordyn Boles (2008) as First Team All-Americans at Hope.
As a senior, Schoonveld became the first member of the Flying Dutch to earn MIAA MVP distinction in back-to-back seasons and third to receive the honor more than once. She also earned All-MIAA First Team distinction for the fourth time.
The guard topped the Flying Dutch in scoring at 10.2 points per game while shooting 48.8 percent from the field. She also averaged 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while committing only 0.6 turnovers per game.
Earlier this month, Schoonveld was named D3hoops Co-Great Lakes Region Player of the Year for the second season in a row.
“Kenedy's recognition for the second year shows the consistency that she had in her season,” Morehouse said of the Flying Dutch’s 17th 1,000-point career scorer. “Her ability to be our best wing defender while being incredibly efficient on the offensive end with shooting and assist-turnover rate speaks to her overall game.
“I was impressed with how she didn't settle after last year's award but instead went to work during COVID shutdowns to improve her game even more. Best of all, her only goal is to win and that makes her a great teammate who is incredibly humble.”
Voskuil joined Schoonveld on the D3hoops Great Lakes Region First Team this season. She is a three-time MIAA Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-MIAA First Team selection.
The forward led the MIAA in steals at 2.3 per game and finished second in blocked shots at 2.1 per game. Voskuil also contributed 9.3 points per game and a team-leading 6.3 rebounds per game.
“Olivia had a fantastic season. She grew into a better and better offensive player,” Morehouse said. “Her work in the offseason showed up on the court as she improved in almost every offensive statistic. The defensive side of the ball is where Olivia changes games, though. She's the anchor of our defensive system and makes every teammate better.
“She really grew in her anticipation this year and just wrecked other teams’ offensive game plans. Her increased rebounding really helped the program be even better this season on the defensive end.”
The WBCA All-America Teams are selected by a committee of WBCA member coaches within each division.
“We congratulate the 10 members of the 2021 WBCA NCAA Division III Coaches’ All-America team for what they have accomplished in this challenging season,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “These young women have worked to elevate their teams and themselves to an elite level of competition. Through their exceptional talents on the basketball court, they have also lifted the women’s game.”