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Volleyball Splits Matches on Saturday

Esther Hong was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Sept. 2, 2017

Final Stats

The Basics 
• Score: Match One: Johns Hopkins 3, Illinois-Wesleyan 1 (31-29, 17-25, 25-18, 25-17)
Match Two: #11 Wittenberg 3, Johns Hopkins 1 (21-25, 25-17, 31-29, 25-17)
• Records: Hopkins 1-2, Illinois-Wesleyan 0-3, #11 Wittenberg 3-0
• Location: Springfield, OH (Wittenberg University)
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins volleyball team split its two matches on Saturday, defeating Illinois-Wesleyan 3-1, but falling to #11 Wittenberg, 3-1.

How it Happened
• Down early in the first set by a score of 8-3, the Blue Jays mounted a comeback to tie the match thanks to kills from Elizabeth Wuerstle and Simone Bliss, which tied the match at 11.
• Bliss added another kill to give the Jays the lead at 12-11, but the Titans went on a 3-0 run to regain the lead.
• Hopkins would go down 21-17, however four consecutive points would tie the match once again at 21.
• The teams would need extra points to determine the first set, and a service ace from Louisa Kishton and a kill from Bliss would give the Blue Jays a 31-29 win in the first set.
• Hopkins scored the first point of the second set, but the Titans went on a 6-0 run to take a 6-1 lead. JHU would chip away at the lead, but were unable to get all the way back as they dropped the second set, 25-17.
• Set three was back-and-fourth before Illinois-Wesleyan went on a 3-0 run to claim a 10-7 advantage, but the Blue Jays would get back in the match and it up at 13.
• Three attack errors by the Titans would give Hopkins a 19-15 lead, and JHU would eventually claim set three by a 25-18 margin.
• The fourth set was all Hopkins, which claimed the set by a 25-17 score.

How it Happened
• The Blue Jays got off to a quick start, scoring the first six points of the match.
• Wittenberg came back and eventually tied the match at 11, but Hopkins pulled away once again thanks to kills from Kishton and Morgan Wu, and JHU would eventually go on to claim the first set, 25-21.
• Hopkins got out to a 5-1 lead in the second, but the Tigers rallied and would take set two, 25-17.
• Wittenberg took a 15-13 lead in the third, but an attack error by the Tigers and kills by Wuerstle and Kishton put the Blue Jays up 16-15.
• A 5-0 run from Wittenberg put the Tigers back in the lead, 23-20.
• JHU would comeback, and a kill from Wuerstle would put the Jays on top, 26-25.
• The two teams would go back-and-fourth and need extra points to decide the third set, which would eventually go to the Tigers by a score of 31-29.
• Wittenberg would take an early lead in the fourth and the Tigers would hold onto the lead as they claimed the fourth set, 25-17 to take the match.

What it Means
• This was the first meeting between Hopkins and Illinois-Wesleyan.
• The Blue Jays are now 0-4 against Wittenberg.
• Hopkins is now 1-2 on the season.
• Hong and Kishton were both named to the All-Tournament Team.

Inside the Box Score
• Kishton tallied 18 kills in the first match and 12 in the second, while Bliss tallied 12 in match one and 11 in the second match.
Natalie Aston tallied 22 assists against Illinois-Wesleyan and 21 against Wittenberg, while Kristi Rhead had 19 in the first match and 20 in the second.

Up Next
• Hopkins returns to the court on September 8 to take on Mary Washington and Averett. The first match is scheduled for 3 pm, with the second match following at approximately 5 pm.



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