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