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N o v e m b e r 3, 1999

Flying D u t c h m e n shooting for sixth c r o w n MIKE ZIUIDEM/V editor-in-chief

The scrcen saver on men's baskelball coach Glenn Van Wieren's compuler reads, "Striving for Six." Thai s ihe goal for Van Wieren and ihe Hope College m e n ' s baskeiball leam as they begin iheir season. The Flying Dutchmen have won ihe past five conference lilies. 'We're at ihe poinl where we feel, with our program, that it's realislic lo win another championship." Van Wieren said. "I think that's the goal that a lot of people have right now." The Flying Dutchmen won ihe Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic

Association lille last year with a 15II o v e r a l l r e c o r d , 10-4 in the league. While the title was ihe t e a m ' s fifth consecutive lille, and I3lh in Van Wieren's 22 seasons as head c o a c h , ihe c h a m p i o n s h i p d i d n ' t come without ils challenges. Hope started ils M I A A season with a 3-4 record, before winning eight of its last nine games and sealing the title. "We have a lot more answers this year, than q u e s t i o n s like a year ago," Van Wieren said. "We have a good leam and we feel ils lime to get on wilh it and get going." Van Wieren will begin the season wilh a 15-player roster, the most

he's ever had on the team. The only players H o p e lost to graduation were all MIAA first leam member Pal Stegeman ('99) and all-MIAA honorable mention Chris VanderSlice ('99). Leading returners for the Flying Dutchmen include starters Mark Bray ('99), Craig Veldman ( ' 0 2 ) and Ryan Klingler ('01). Klingler led Hope in scoring at 16.2 points per game, while Veldman averaged 11.8 points per game. " T h e key thing for us will be chemislry, how we come together," Van Wieren said. "If we leave our egos at the door and become selfless, i f our guys can say 41 don' l care

who gets credit, let's g o out and win,' we're going to be a very good leam." Van Wieren's biggest concern lies in the post game, which will miss VanderSlice's 9.3 points, 7.0 rebounds per game, and leadership. T h e only p l a y e r r e t u r n i n g wilh heavy post experience is Kyle Maas ('01), as Kevin Van Timmeren ('00) missed most of last season with a thumb injury and Brian Paul ('00) saw limited action. "We're very encouraged by the guys we've got there. They're looking forward to the challenge," Van Wieren said. " W e ' r e a very deep leam, but we will be relying on our

leadership." The Flying Dutchmen will begin their s e a s o n at the C o r n e r s t o n e Classic on Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20. Van Wieren expects Defiance, Calvin and Albion to each make strong runs at ihe conference title. "Once again we probably aren't g o i n g to be p i c k e d to win (the MIAA). I don't know and I don't care, because 1 know we're going lo have a good leam," Van Wieren said. " I like the make, I like the ability, and I like the chemistry of our team. It's going to be an exciting team, we have good quickness and good athletes."

A l b i o n e l i m i n a t e s H o p e f r o m playoff p i c t u r e A N D R E W

KLECZIEK

sports editor

The Flying Dutchmen are refocusing on some different goals since Saturday's 20-14 loss to Albion. "Our goal is to play well every w e e k , " said head football coach Dean Kreps. That goal is a slight change from the t e a m ' s previous o b j e c t i v e of reaching the playoffs. Last week's loss to Albion ended that dream. "It hurls in thai sense." said J.D. Graves (*01). The defeat was closer than the 440 blowout that Albion handed them last year. " W e ' v e closed the gap on them, bin not all the way yet," Kreps said. Hope has narrowed the margin so much that this year they statistically o u t p e r f o r m e d Albion in overall yards, 422 to 357. The difference was the Flying D u t c h m e n ' s three turnovers and two big Albion plays:

a screen pass that went 75 yards for a touchdown and a 99-yard kickoff return that also turned inlo a score. Despite the lurnovers, the Flying Dutchmen were down only 17-7 entering Ihe fourth quarter. Hope players and coaches never fell they were out of the game. " T h e f u n n y thing is, we were right in il until the end," Kreps said. "We could have pulled it out." From Graves' perspective the loss was sealed on one late game play. Grave's made a throw lo wide rec e i v e M i k e G l e ( ' 0 1 ) that w a s tipped and inlercepled by Albion, killing a Hope fourth quarter drive. "I really fell we'd go down there and score. Then the ball got lipped and their guy was there and it just dropped inlo his arms," Graves said. "The ball didn't bounce in our favor and that just happens somelimes." Graves completed 20-of-43 passes for 342 yards and two touch-

downs. He also rushed for 28 yards on 15 attempts. The performance raised his total offense for the year lo 2,031 yards, a Hope single season record. W h i l e G r a v e s broke a record. Mall Handzo ('01) is closing in on one. Handzo is second in all-lime receptions (87) and receiving yards (1,238). Bill Vanderbilt ('87) holds the both records wilh 107 receptions and 1fc560receiving yards. Graves, Handzo and ihe rest of the team will have the opportunity to add to their season statistical totals this Saturday at I p.m. againsl Olivet, a game Kreps warns his leam will have to be motivated for. "Olivet is fighting for respect. Il m a k e s O l i v e t ' s s e a s o n to beat H o p e , " Kreps said, i t m a k e s Kalamazoo's season lo beat Hope. W e ' v e got to g u a r d a g a i n s t let down." The Flying Dutchmen will face Kalamazoo on Nov. 13.

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BIG HIT: Hope linebacker Matt Bride (*01) rises after sacking the Adrian \s quarterback in the Flying Dutchmen ys 38-15 win on Oct. 23. Hope lost to Albion, 20-14, making the Flying Dutchmen ys hopes for an MIAA title slim. Hope will next travel to Olivet on Nov. 13 at 1 p.m.

Volleyball finishes third at t o u r n a m e n t (89/? BEN

D O W N IE

staff reporter

The w o m e n ' s volleyball t e a m pulled together and made an impressive showing at the Midwest Invitational, last weekend, finishing third w i n n i n g three out of four matches. The Flying Dutch began their weekend with a three game victory over Wittenberg, Ohio, 15-5,15-5,

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15-9,lo avenge an earlier loss in the season. "There's a lot of history between us and Willenberg b e c a u s e they knocked us out of the N C A A tournament last year," said head coach Maureen Odland-Dunn. "Because of that, we were motivated to beat ihem and we played really well. In fact, I think il was one of our best matches of the season." The team's next match againsl

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