HOLLAND, Mich. -- In front of more than 3,000 fans, almost all cheering against them, Wisconsin-Stevens Point stunned host Hope on Thursday evening, ending the Flying Dutchmen's season with a resounding 3-0 victory to advance to the NCAA Division III semifinals.The magical tournament run continues for the Pointers (35-4), who have now won 24 consecutive matches and advance another round in the NCAA Division III championship. UW-Stevens Point will next face third-ranked Cal Lutheran in the national semifinals on Friday evening in DeVos Fieldhouse.
"[The atmosphere] was unreal," head coach Abbey Sutherland said. "It was a great experience for our players. They played in the moment and didn't let anything faze them."
The Pointers were led by Emma Brunkhorst who finished with 13 kills on 22 attempts with no errors, good for a .591 hitting percentage. Allison Davis had seven kills, while Alexis Hartman had 31 assists to go along with 11 digs. Hannah Picel led the way with 19 digs and Bri Piepenbrok chipped in with 12 digs. UWSP tallied 18 total blocks, including six by Davis and four from Brunkhorst.
Jenna Grassmeyer led the Flying Dutchmen (32-3) with 11 kills and Allie Mitchell tallied 16 digs.
As a team, UWSP hit .250 for the match, including .314 in the first set. The Pointers held Hope to a .180 hitting percentage over the three sets.