Sept. 10, 2011
CLEVELAND, OH - The Johns Hopkins volleyball team won its final match at the 13th annual Marcia French Memorial Tournament to move to 6-3 on the season. Hopkins beat Oberlin, 3-0, to snap a three-game skid. The Blue Jays fell to co-host Case Western, 3-2, and Bluffton, 3-0, on Friday and Thiel, 3-1, on Saturday before beating Oberlin. Senior outside hitter Melissa Cole earned all-tournament team honors.
Hopkins opened the weekend with a tough 3-2 loss to Case Western. Hopkins took the opening game, 25-23, before Case won the second and third (25-15, 25-19) to go up 2-1 in the match. JHU answered with a 25-21 win in the fourth to force a deciding game, which Case won 15-9. Cole paced the Blue Jays with a double-double, her third of the season, with 12 kills and 14 digs. Freshman Megan Schwarz had 10 kills, while her twin sister, Katie, had her second double-double with 14 kills and 16 digs. Freshman Anne Cohen added 16 digs and junior Amelia Thomas had 12.
Hopkins then lost a close one to Bluffton, 26-24, 25-20, 25-23. Cole had 10 kills and eight digs, while Megan Schwarz, Katie Schwarz and freshman Meagan Donohoe each had six kills. Junior Becky Paynter finished with 17 assists, while frseshman Mariel Metalios had 15.
On Saturday, Thiel won the first game, 25-21, but Hopkins took the second, 25-23, to tie the match. The Tomcats responded with wins in the third and fourth (25-16, 25-12) to win the match. Cole notched her second double-double of the weekend with 10 kills and a season-high 19 digs. Donohoe had 13 kills, while Katie Schwarz had 10. Cohen finished with a season-high 23 digs, while Thomas had 22 - her second 20+ dig match of the season - and Metalios had 27 assists.
Hopkins got back in the win column in its final match of the weekend, taking down Oberlin 25-23, 25-7, 25-13. Cole had eight kills and eight digs, while Megan Schwarz had seven kills. Freshman Ellen Rogers added six kills, while Cohen had seven digs. Metalios posted 19 assists, while Paynter added 14.
Cole finished with 40 kills and 49 digs in the four matches to earn all-tournament team honors.
Hopkins returns to action on Wednesday, September 14 when Notre Dame (MD) visits Goldfarb Gym. The non-conference match is slated to begin at 7:00 pm.