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Hope Athletics | November 22, 2014

Hope advances to semifinal round for second time in program history

  Hope advances to program's second NCAA semifinal in head coach Becky Schmidt's 300th career victory.

Hope volleyball served its way into the national semifinals for the second time in school history on a milestone night for head coach Becky Schmidt

The second-ranked Flying Dutch defeated No. 15 Clarkson, N.Y., 25-16, 25-21, 25-20 in Friday's NCAA Division III quarterfinal at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

Hope (32-2 overall) advanced to Friday's national semifinal against either No. 1 Calvin or No. 9 Christopher Newport.

Friday's win was the 300th win all-time at Hope for Schmidt in 11 seasons. She is 300-73 with the Flying Dutch and 333-106 total between Hope and Redlands (California).

Outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer, led the Flying Dutch with 10 kills. She is a three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association First Team All-American.

Hope featured a balanced attack against Clarkson (37-4).

Two Flying Dutch players recorded eight kills: seniors Anna Lynch and Amy VanderStoep.

Sophomore Courtney Van Houzen, chipped in seven kills and a match-high six block assists.

Hope finished plus-14 in digs. Junior Allie Mitchell, collected 22 digs.

Junior setter and two-time AVCA Second Team All-American Lauren Hazekamp collected 14 digs and 28 assists.

Hope is now 2-1 all-time in national quarterfinal matches. The Flying Dutch defeated Tufts 25-17, 25-23, 29-31, 25-18 in the 2009 quarterfinals.

Hope is 18-12 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.