Volleyball Sweeps Saturday Matches
• Match One Score: Johns Hopkins 3, Randolph-Macon 0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-16)
• Match Two Score: Johns Hopkins 3, Berry 0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-21)
• Records: Johns Hopkins (5-2); Randolph-Macon (5-3); Berry (5-3)
• Location: Fredricksburg, VA (Mary Washington)
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins volleyball team closed out the Mary Washington Invitational with sweeps of Randolph-Macon and Berry on Saturday afternoon.
• The Blue Jays opened an early 6-2 lead on the Yellow Jackets thanks to kills from Natalie Aston, Simone Bliss, Kristi Rhead, and Elizabeth Wuerstle.
• Randolph-Macon eventually tied the match up at 15, however JHU took advantage of some Yellow Jacket errors to go on a five-point run to make the score 20-15.
• Louisa Kishton added a kill later in the set to put the Blue Jays up 22-16.
• Hopkins would take the first set 25-18.
• The Blue Jays found themselves down 8-6 in the second set, but an ace by Esther Hong got the match even at ten, and JHU would slowly pull away, going up 15-11 and forcing a Yellow Jacket timeout.
• A service ace from Rachel DePencier would seal the 25-16 second set victory for Hopkins.
• Bliss and Aston got JHU off to a quick 2-0 lead in the third set with a kill and ace respectively.
• Johns Hopkins continued to add to its lead, eventually going up by ten at 23-13.
• The Blue Jays would seal the third set thanks to a kill from Morgan Wu which made the score 25-16 and give Hopkins the match in straight sets.
• Hopkins once again got out to a quick lead over Berry, pulling out to a 4-1 advantage.
• The Vikings got to within two points at 12-10, however the Blue Jays would slowly pull away.
• A kill from Rhead would win the first set, 25-18 for Hopkins.
• The second set saw Johns Hopkins go up 13-7, but Berry would come back and eventually the set would be tied at 22.
• Consecutive kills from Aston and Bliss sealed the second set, 25-23 for JHU.
• The third set was very competitive with neither team able to get out to a big lead early on.
• Hopkins eventually got the score to 15-11, but once again Berry was able to tie the game up at 20.
• Back-to-back kills from Bliss and a service ace from Aston won the set and the match for the Blue Jays.
What it Means
• JHU has now won four straight matches.
Inside the Box Score
• The Blue Jays had a hitting percentage of .221 in match one, while the Yellow Jackets hit .031.
• Kishton led Hopkins with nine kills in match one, while Bliss was second in the match with eight. Kishton added 10 kills against Berry while Bliss had 12 in match two.
• Aston had a hitting percentage of .455 against Randolph-Macon and .417 against Berry.
• Hong had 15 digs in the first match and 18 in the second.
• Wuerstle and Hong were named to the all-tournament team.
• The Blue Jays are back in action for their first home match of the season on Friday, September 15 as they will host St. Mary’s for a 7 pm contest.