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Fall Sports Report An By Alan Babbitt Remember finish at nationals for the Flying Dutch, trailing only fourth-place efforts by Alicia Mendenhall ’94 Elmore in 1993 and Marcia Vandersall ’93 Bannink in 1992. The Flying Dutch claimed their second consecutive top-10 finish while equaling the second-best mark in school history from 1987. The 1993 team came in fourth. McCormack was Hope’s first All-American since 1999 and first MIAA Most Valuable Runner since 2004. Senior Camille Borst of Allendale, Mich., and sophomore Casey Campbell of Swartz Creek, Mich., joined McCormack on the All-MIAA First Team. Sophomore Michelle Kerr of Dearborn, Mich., received the NCAA Elite 89 Award by carrying the highest GPA among NCAA Championship competitors in her sport. NCAA Division III All-American sheri mcCormack, far left, and the Hope women’s cross Autumn to I t was a fall full of feats for Hope athletics. Across the season, the achievements just kept coming: 23 All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association First-Team Honorees, four NCAA Division III All-Americans, two NCAA Elite 89 Award winners, two league championships, two MIAA MVPs. CROSS COUNTRY The women’s cross country team matched its second-best performance at the NCAA Division III Championships and recorded its seventh individual All-America performance this season. Senior Sheri McCormack of Holland, Mich., led the Flying Dutch to a ninth-place finish during the national meet in Hanover, Ind. McCormack posted a time of 21 minutes, 47.1 seconds for 17th place and the MIAA’s top performance. It was Hope’s third-highest The men’s cross country team took second in the MIAA standings. Senior Sam Pederson of Mount Prospect, Ill., and junior Ben Zank of Midland, Mich., both earned All-MIAA First-Team honors. VOLLEYBALL Hope College outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer topped a group of four Flying Dutch to receive All-America recognition from the The Hope volleyball team advanced to the NCAA Division III elite eight for the second time in school history. The Hope men’s soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament this fall. 16 News News From From Hope Hope College College

An Autumn to Remember

Alan Babbitt

<br /> It was a fall full of feats for Hope athletics. Across the season, the achievements just kept coming: 23 All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association First-Team Honorees, four NCAA Division III All-Americans, two NCAA Elite 89 Award winners, two league championships, two MIAA MVPs.<br /> <br /> CROSS COUNTRY<br /> The women’s cross country team matched its second-best performance at the NCAA Division III Championships and recorded its seventh individual All-America performance this season.<br /> <br /> Senior Sheri McCormack of Holland, Mich., led the Flying Dutch to a ninth-place finish during the national meet in Hanover, Ind.<br /> <br /> McCormack posted a time of 21 minutes, 47.1 seconds for 17th place and the MIAA’s top performance. It was Hope’s third-highest finish at nationals for the Flying Dutch, trailing only fourth-place efforts by Alicia Mendenhall ’94 Elmore in 1993 and Marcia Vandersall ’93 Bannink in 1992.<br /> <br /> The Flying Dutch claimed their second consecutive top-10 finish while equaling the second-best mark in school history from 1987. The 1993 team came in fourth.<br /> <br /> McCormack was Hope’s first All-American since 1999 and first MIAA Most Valuable Runner since 2004.<br /> <br /> Senior Camille Borst of Allendale, Mich., and sophomore Casey Campbell of Swartz Creek, Mich., joined McCormack on the All- MIAA First Team.<br /> <br /> Sophomore Michelle Kerr of Dearborn, Mich., received the NCAA Elite 89 Award by carrying the highest GPA among NCAA Championship competitors in her sport.<br /> <br /> The men’s cross country team took second in the MIAA standings. Senior Sam Pederson of Mount Prospect, Ill., and junior Ben Zank of Midland, Mich., both earned All-MIAA First- Team honors.<br /> <br /> VOLLEYBALL<br /> Hope College outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer topped a group of four Flying Dutch to receive All-America recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The junior from Jenison, Mich., was selected a First- Team All-American for the second season in a row and second time in her career. She also made the All-MIAA First Team.<br /> <br /> Teammates Courtney Earles, a senior from Kentwood, Mich., and Lauren Hazekamp, a sophomore from Fruitport, Mich., were chosen Second-Team All-Americans and First-Team All-MIAA, while junior Amy VanderStoep of Holland, Mich., received All-American Honorable Mention.<br /> <br /> The Flying Dutch finished with a 32-3 record, including handing NCAA Division III national champion Calvin its lone loss of the season. Hope shared the regular-season MIAA title with Calvin and reached the national quarterfinals for the second time in team history, playing at DeVos Fieldhouse.<br /> <br /> Sophomore Jayne Kessel of Byron Center, Mich., claimed the NCAA Elite 89 Award for carrying the highest GPA among fellow competitors at her NCAA Championship event.<br /> <br /> FOOTBALL<br /> Running back Shawn Jackson made it the 25th time a member of the Flying Dutchmen received MVP honors in football. Jackson, a senior from Comstock Park, Mich., co-headlines an All-MIAA team that includes Hope 12 honorees in all.<br /> <br /> Jackson is one of two first-team running backs. He rushed for 710 yards in league play and topped the MIAA in scoring with nine touchdowns and 58 points.<br /> <br /> Other first-team selections from Hope included senior Vincent Boddy of West Bloomfield, Mich., at wide receiver; senior Connor Parcell of Cadillac, Mich., at tight end; and junior Joe Droppers of Kalamazoo, Mich., at offensive line.<br /> <br /> Boddy also received All-MIAA honors as a return specialist.<br /> <br /> On defense, three Hope players made the first team: senior Greg Bird of Byron Center, Mich., at defensive line; junior Cody Lindemulder of Lake Odessa, Mich., at linebacker; and senior Santino DiCesare of Dorr, Mich., at defensive back.<br /> <br /> On special teams, sophomore Dean DeVries of Grand Rapids, Mich., repeated as a first-team punter.<br /> <br /> GOLF<br /> A noteworthy fall for the Flying Dutchmen included the 17th MIAA championship in team history and freshman Winton Munch of Traverse City, Mich., headlining the All-MIAA Men’s Golf Team.<br /> <br /> Munch was the MIAA Medalist this season. He averaged 74.1 across seven tournaments, a half stroke better than the nearest competitor.<br /> <br /> This year marked the 16th time a Hope golfer claimed league MVP honors and 13th time in 16 seasons. The last Hope freshman to accomplish the feat was Tommy Yamaoka ’08 in 2004. Munch overcame not playing in the first league jamboree after being beat out in a team challenge that decided the lineup for the event.<br /> <br /> In women’s golf, junior Montana Leep of Hastings, Mich., led the Flying Dutch by earning Second-Team All-MIAA plaudits. Hope took fifth in the overall league standings.<br /> <br /> SOCCER<br /> The men’s soccer team reached the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament before bowing out in overtime 2-1 at Wartburg (Iowa). The Flying Dutchmen, under coach Steven Smith’s guidance, matched the school record for single-season wins with a 17-5-2 mark. It was the second 17-win season in three years for Hope. Seniors Jason Muller of Petoskey, Mich., and Grant Neil of Holland, Mich., and juniors Logan Sikkenga of Hudsonville, Mich., and Tarwo Konbloa of Kentwood, Mich., all were named first-team selections by MIAA coaches.<br /> <br /> The women’s soccer team matched the school record for wins in a single season, going 16-4-1 under the direction of coach Leigh Sears. The Flying Dutch reached the championship match of the MIAA Tournament before losing to regular-season champion Calvin. Forwards Erin Jipping, a junior from Holland, Mich., and Raisa Yewah, a senior from East Lansing, Mich., both claimed All-MIAA First-Team honors.

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