Grasmeyer powers Hope to sweep of Webster in NCAA tournament opener
ELMHURST, Ill. -- Hope made quick work of its first opponent in the NCAA Division III tournament, beating Webster in three sets on Thursday at Elmhurst College.
The Flying Dutch won 25-21, 25-15, 25-17 to improve to 30-2 overall and advance play to Otterbein at 5:30 p.m. ET Friday.
Junior Jenna Grasmeyer topped Hope with 18 kills and a .457 kill percentage. It was her 28th match this season with double-digit kills.
Junior Anna Lunch contributed nine kills for the Flying Dutch, while junior outside hitter Amy VanderStoep added eight with a .471 kill percentage.
Senior Mari Schoolmaster added seven kills for Hope. Sophomore setter Lauren Hazekamp collected 34 assists.
Hope limited Webster's 2012 Third Team All-American middle blocker Sam Kersting to four kills and a minus-.059 kill percentage.
It was Hope's fifth consecutive win in a NCAA tournament opener and the eighth in 11 appearances.