I attended Friday night and I think Hope did a first rate job. I didn't see or experience anything that merited criticism. Kudo's to Tim Schoonveld, Brian Morehouse and everyone at Hope who had a part in the week's activities. Having experienced many games at DeVos Fieldhouse with Calvin in the building, I feared the atmosphere might be too subdued and a bit sterile, but it wasn't. While the size of the crowd was less than half of what we normally see for a Hope men's game, the assembled were very energetic and created a lot of excitement. Of course, the excitement and quality of two close games helped a lot.
Thanks for the kind words and I'm glad you enjoyed the time. Just to be clear though, while Schoonie and the other 70 plus volunteers and staff at Hope played a HUGE part in making the tournament enjoyable, the person that does most of the planning is tournament director and co-athletic director Eva Dean Folkert. Course for her it is getting old hat after doing now 4 bball national championships and 1 volleyball and 1 swimming. Looking forward to the volleyball national championship again in the fall as well.