Volleyball Serves Up Bounce-Back Win At Kalamazoo

McKenna Otto posing for a portrait Gabbi Vachon posing for a portrait

by Alan Babbitt

McKenna Otto and the 18th-ranked Hope College volleyball team quickly put a tough weekend behind them.

Led by their middle hitter's match-high 11 kills, the Flying Dutch won at Kalamazoo College 25-5, 26-24, 25-9 on Tuesday to raise their record to 13-4 overall and 2-1 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play.

The Flying Dutch matched their season-high with 14 service aces while recording six service errors.

Otto, pictured at right, a freshman from Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton North HS), totaled four aces, while senior libero Gabbi Vachon, pictured at left, of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Jenison), had three.

Head coach Becky Schmidt said her team focused on staying in the moment to rebound after dropping two of three matches at the Millikin Midseason Showcase last weekend in Millikin, Illinois.

"We talked about making sure we were playing each point for its own sake, not getting ahead of ourselves, not paying attention to the score at all," Schmidt said. "One of the big things influencing our success was our serving. Everybody took their chances. We were able to serve tough while minimizing service errors. That was encouraging to see."

Otto recorded double-digit kills for the sixth time this season. Junior outside Ryann Stutz of Kalamazoo, Michigan (Parchment) chipped in seven kills.

Hope doubled up its opponent with 40 kills to Kalamazoo's 18.

The Flying Dutch finished with a .231 kill percentage clip while holding the Hornets to a .010.

Hope's next match is Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Trine.

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