Hope Rewind: women’s football remains undefeated


Madison Holloway has scored just one goal in a cropped football season last spring, but the Hope College forward is scoring them in clusters this season.

The second-year Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian HS) scored in the first half on Saturday afternoon in a 2-0 win over University of Wittenberg, Ohio at Van Andel Football Stadium.

Holloway also scored two goals on Friday as Hope beat DePauw University, Indiana, 4-1.

“It’s very exciting,” Holloway said. “It’s a great way to start the season. The team looks really good. I’m excited for what’s to come.”

The Flying Dutch improved to 2-0 with their second victory of the opening weekend.

“It’s a big deal to come out of the first weekend 2-0,” said head coach Leah Sears. “A lot of people have contributed and we’re playing a bit of a different style. They understand that. It looks pretty good.”

In the 19th minute of the first half, Holloway got a assist from senior Caroline Burkhardt as she cut through the middle. Holloway landed a left-footed shot past Wittenberg goalkeeper Emma Schewe.

“She played a big role in (the offense) last year as a rookie,” Sears said of Holloway. “She’s really dangerous on the left side. She and (Sarah Mikesell) are both left-handed, but we can play them on both sides. She can play center / front. It’s great news for us that. she scored three goals this weekend. “

Mikesell, a senior from Norton Shores, Mich., Scored in the second half on Saturday. It was his second goal this season.

In the 73rd minute, Mikesell caught a touchdown pass from Cassidy Broekhuizen as she cut the net on the left side of the pitch and pierced a shot past Schewe for a 2-0 lead.

Holloway said she loved playing with Mikesell.

“Very, very special,” she said. “I think it helps us to finish in the last third (of the pitch). She’s amazing at picking up the ball and sliding it. It’s something that’s really valuable to have in our team. She has a great game. of legs. “

Hope dominated Wittenberg 8-1. Flying Dutch keeper Parker Hutchinson has rarely been tested and only faced one shot.

The Flying Dutch will play next Wednesday at North Park University at 6 p.m. EST.

Men’s golf wins Lou Collins Memorial Invitational

By winning this weekend’s Lou Collins Memorial Invitational, the Hope College men’s golf team showed that the individual sports played by a team is really about the sum of all the parts.

The Flying Dutchmen won the first place trophy at the 14 team event hosted by Olivet College at Bedford Valley Country Club when, after finishing tied with Trine University at 599 strokes during the event of two days, the toss was broken by the score of players whose turns did not appear in the team totals on Saturday. (In college team golf, the top four out of five scores count towards the team total.)

For Hope, that player was second student Logan Dewitt of Zeeland, Mich. (Holland Christian), who shot a 78 on Saturday. Her “throwaway” score was three strokes higher than her counterpart Trine and helped give Hope victory in her debut competition of 2021.

On Friday the Flying Dutchmen were down in one fell swoop as they registered a round of 300. On Saturday they posted a 299.

“Our consistency and the depth of our team has been exceptional this weekend,” said head coach Scott Lokers. “It was true for our starting five, but if you look at the scores of our players who played as individuals, they also had good consistency and depth.

“Our guys were having a lot of fun together.”

Junior Jack Crawford of Carmel, Indiana and second student Will Robson of Grand Rapids led the Flying Dutchmen with identical rounds of 73-75 for the two-day event. Their total of 148 strokes tied them for fifth place overall.

Seth Almquist shot a total of 149 with 76-73 laps. The Minneapolis, Minnesota junior tied for 10th place

Freshman Jack Guerrera and DeWitt each shot a total of 156. Guerrera had 80-76 rounds while DeWitt earned a 78 card on both days.

Playing as individuals, freshman John Barce had rounds of 76-74 (150); freshman Ben Jackson recorded 74-77 (151); first year Will Webb shot 79-72 (151); and junior Tim Wageman of Chesterfield finished with 76-79 (155)

Three MIAA schools dominated the event. While Hope and Trine finished 1-2, Calvin University took third place with a 603 (306-297). The leader of the first day, the University of Siena finished in fourth place with a 606 (299-307).

“I expected we would have strong MIAA teams this year, and this tournament has shown that to be true,” Lokers added. “But it’s always nice to play with and against teams outside of our league. Today we played in groups with players from Siena and UM-Dearborn and that made it different and interesting. . So while I like to see where we are in relation to our league, I also like to gain experience against teams outside of our league. “

Hope returns to action on Tuesday, September 7 with the inaugural MIAA Jamboree at Duck Lake Country Club. The event, hosted by Albion College, starts at 1 p.m.

Volleyball is still perfect.

The seventh-ranked Hope College women’s volleyball team claimed a hard-fought victory on Saturday afternoon, edging No.18 St. Benedict College in five sets. The Flying Dutch closed the season opener Gargoyle Classic with an unblemished 3-0 record.

Hope won by scores of 21-25, 25-20, 25-20, 20-25, 15-7, dropping the Bennies to 0-3.

Passer Tracy Westra put in a triple-double performance with 11 assists, 41 assists and 12 digs. The senior managed a blistering 0.712 average, with 11 of her 14 attacks down for the point.

Second-year Libero Maggie Wehrmeyer (Holland, Michigan / Ottawa West) had a day defensively, repelling the Bennies’ offense with 27 digs to create offensive opportunities for the Flying Dutch.

Overall, four players hit a double-digit kill total for Hope. Senior outside striker Ana Grunewald set the pace for the team with a season-high 14 kills, followed by senior McKenna Otto with 12. Otto, a center blocker, finished the weekend with an average of 3.27. kills / set.

Senior outside forward Rose Thompson tied Westra with 11 kills, committing just two errors in 21 attempts.

The Flying Dutch got off to a flat start in the first set, catching up in the opening points before briefly taking the lead at 10-9. St. Benedict delivered a tough serve to regain the lead for a 25-21 victory.

Hope got back on track in the second set, battling for a 9-9 tie before junior midfielder Charlotte Brecht took over defensively at the net. The junior first teamed up with Thompson to block McKenzie Galvin’s attack, before throwing the roof on Madelyn Gregory with Otto’s help.

The two-point split proved everything the Flying Dutch needed as they worked their way to a 25-20 triumph.

Hope continued her momentum in the third, scoring five unanswered runs to break the tie for the advantage, 16-11. The team would win the set 25-20 for an overall lead of 2-1 in the game.

The fourth set mirrored the third, with St. Benedict this time making the opportune 5-0 run to take control of the frame. The Bennies took the win at 25-20 to force a decisive fifth set.

Without a phase, the Flying Dutch took a 5-2 lead and forced Saint-Benoît to use his first time-out. Hope remained aggressive on offense and couldn’t be stopped, hitting a massive .611 with 12 kills and just one error. With his fourth kill of the deciding match, Brecht won the set and the match at 15-7.

The Flying Dutch will continue the tournament next weekend with the MIAA-NCAC Battle at the Pointe September 10-11 at Cedar Point Sports Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

Men’s soccer wins draw with Ohio Northern

Ryan Flynn took a corner with 58 seconds left. The Hope College midfielder fired a clean shot down the middle of the net, but the keeper came out and made a nice save.

It was that kind of night for the Flying Dutchmen. They settled for a 0-0 draw after a double-overtime game with Ohio Northern University on Saturday night at Van Andel Stadium.

Over the season opener, the Flying Dutchmen went 0-1-1 against two opponents who also played in the last NCAA Division III tournament in 2019. Ohio Wesleyan won at Hope, 2-0 on Friday, and tied Calvin University, 3 -3, on Saturday. Ohio Northern lost to Calvin, 2-1, on Friday.

“I think it was four very good, roughly equal teams in this tournament, and I think the results bear that out,” said head coach Brandt. “Everything was tight as a razor. Ohio Wesleyan are a very good team. I was disappointed with our performance yesterday. Our last preseason scrum was called off due to lightning. So it’s been 10 days since we last. “Haven’t played. I thought the fighting and the physical condition was a little better against Ohio Northern. It was OK. But we still have a way to go.”

The rain started to fall five minutes from the end of double overtime when Hope College goaltender Daniel Hesselbein came out of the net to make a nice save. The freshman from Barrington, Ill., Stopped all five shots he faced.

North Ohio goaltender John Lombardo was just as good. He stopped Hope’s three shots on goal.

The Flying Dutchmen managed 14 shots on goal against 13 for the UN.

First-year midfielder Thomas DeVries led Hope with two shots on goal and four shots on goal. Flynn had the other shot on goal for the Flying Dutchmen.

Hope will then play on Friday, September 10 when the Flying Dutchmen host Carthage College, Wisconsin at 6 p.m. at Van Andel Football Stadium.

Women’s golf dominates Albion again

For the second day in a row, the Hope College women’s golf team shot a total of 327 teams and beat Albion College in the process.

The Flying Dutch remained unbeaten against the Brits in the season opener at home. Hope won 327-366 on Friday at Clearbrook Golf Cub in nearby Saugatuck and on Saturday the Flying Dutch won 327-342 again at Tomac Woods Golf Course in Albion.

Traverse City sophomore Emlin Munch was Hope’s top scorer with a round of 79. Just two hindsight were senior Megan Jenkinson and sophomore Abby Fansler, each shooting an 81.

Senior Megan Radaz (Alma, Michigan / Alma) and junior Rita Cheney also had identical scores, who each won rounds of 85.

Playing as individuals, Birmingham rookie Lauren Sass shot an 82; junior Grace VanDellen recorded an 83; senior Lexi Miller had an 85; and, in grade two, Abby Deroucher of Farmington, 90.

Hope returns to action on Friday and Saturday September 9-10 for the Kyle Campbell Memorial Invitational at Medalist Golf Club in Marshall, Michigan. Departure Friday at 2 p.m.


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