Hope Wins Division III Volleyball National Championship
For the third time in five years, the MIAA is home to the nation's top Division III volleyball team.
MIAA co-champion Hope won its first volleyball national championship Monday afternoon by defeating Emory, Ga. in a five-set battle in Newport News, Va. The Flying Dutch won the match 21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 15-8.
The Eagles forced a fifth and deciding set by rallying from a 14-7 deficit in the fourth set, but Hope opened the final set with seven consecutive points and withstood an Emory rally for the win.
Senior All-MIAA outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer recorded a match-high 22 kills to lead the Flying Dutch (34-2). 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 totaled a career-high 19 kills and earned all-tournament honors. Junior setter Lauren Hazekamp, who totaled a career-high 58 assists, also made the all-tournament team. Senior Anna Lynch chipped in 16 kills, including the championship-clinching point.
The national championship is the third team national title for Hope (the others were in women's basketball in 1990 and 2006) and the 22nd overall team national title for the MIAA.
Monday, November 24 - NCAA National Championship at
Newport News, Va.
Saturday, November 22 - NCAA Semifinals at Newport News,
Friday, November 21 - NCAA Quarterfinals at Newport
Trine Men's Lacrosse Assists Local Family With Special Needs Kids
The Trine men's lacrosse team took part in a service project to an assist an Angola family with two special needs children over the weekend.
The team spent Saturday morning volunteering for Jon Seeman and Kelly Butler, whose daughter, Brooklyn, is affected with Rett Syndrome and son, Boston, is affected with Down Syndrome. The student-athletes spent the morning installing a hot tub, performing yard work, helping make the home more accessible for the children, and helping perform other household tasks for the family. The work performed will help make the home a better environment for each of the children and be a big boost to the family.
The highlight of the day came when the team presented Brooklyn and Boston with signed Trine lacrosse jerseys. The team even serenaded Brooklyn with some One Direction tunes, one of the child's favorite bands.
The team also signed cards for Girl Power 2 Cure, a foundation dedicated to raising awareness and funds for treatments and a cure for Rett Syndrome.
Rett Syndrome is a non-inherited, post-natal neurological disorder that causes impairments affecting the ability to speak, walk and eat. Its hallmarks are near constant, repetitive hand movements while awake. The condition affects mostly girls, and is rarely seen in boys.
The Thunder are in the early stages of planning a benefit game for Rett Syndrome in the spring. Information on the benefit will be released when details are finalized.
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Players of the Week
Calvin's Michmerhuizen Named To NCAA Today's Top Ten List
Recent Calvin graduate and former NCAA track and field national champion Nicole Michmherhuizen has been named a recipient of the Today's Top 10 Award by the NCAA.
Michmerhuizen, who was the 2014 recipient of the MIAA's Sheila Wallace Kovalchik Award as the conference's most outstanding senior female scholar-athlete, is one of 10 former student-athletes who will be honored at the NCAA Convention in January in Washington, D.C. for their extraordinary accomplishments athletically, in the classroom and in the community.
A five-time Division III All-American in track and field
and cross country, Michmerhuizen won the Division III individual
national championship 10,000 meter run in
2013. The former team captain led her team to
four MIAA championships in track and field and three MIAA titles in
Michmerhuizen is currently a graduate student at the University of Michigan pursuing her master's and Ph.D.>
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