Hope downs Elmhurst in four, to play for national title on home court
ELMHURST, Ill. -- The Flying Dutch beat host Elmhurst (Ill.) 24-26, 25-20, 25-14, 25-15 on Saturday night to claim their second regional title in school history and advance to the NCAA Division III championship at DeVos Fieldhouse.
Second-ranked Hope (32-2 overall) will play Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Thursday's national quarterfinals. Stevens Point (34-4) ousted 2012 national champion St. Thomas (Minn.) in four sets Saturday night.
Grasmeyer and her teammates are trying to become the first team to win a national title at home since Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2002.
Calvin also has punched a ticket back to DeVos after finishing as national runner-up last season. The five other quarterfinalists wil be determined on Sunday.
"That's what we had in mind through our season this season," said senior middle hitter Mari Schoolmaster of playing at DeVos. "We had little goals throughout the season … but in the back of our heads, we wanted to play in the NCAA tournament on our home court."
Grasmeyer's match-high 18 kills and Schoolmaster's 12 helped the Flying Dutch defeated fifth-ranked Elmhurst (37-5) for the second time this season. Hope edged Elmhurst in a five-setter during an October tournament at DeVos Fieldhouse.