Volleyball Wins 12th Straight Match in Saturday Sweep
• Match One Score: Johns Hopkins 3, Haverford 0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-19)
• Match Two Score: Johns Hopkins 3, Arcadia 0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-22)
• Records: #24 Johns Hopkins (13-2, 3-0 CC); Haverford (9-7, 0-3 CC), Arcadia (11-5)
• Location: Haverford, PA (Calvin Gooding '84 Arena)
• The Short Story: The #24 Johns Hopkins women's volleyball team swept its matches against Haverford and Arcadia on Saturday afternoon to bring its winning streak to 12 matches. The Blue Jays won both matches by 3-0 scores.
Match One Highlights
• Hopkins took an early 4-0 lead in the first set during which Natalie Aston contributed two service aces. JHU would later go on a six-point run to make the score 19-10 during which Aston notched two more aces, and the Blue Jays would take the first set 25-14 off a kill from Simone Bliss.
• Set two stayed close for a while before Hopkins went on a four-point run to go ahead 11-6. Johns Hopkins would continue to build upon its lead and a kill from Aston would seal the 25-15 victory in set two.
• The Fords got out to an early lead in set three, going ahead 5-3. The Blue Jays would comeback, eventually tying the match at seven off a kill from Aston. They would then take the lead off a kill from Morgan Wu and would go onto win the set 25-19 and the match in straight sets.
Match Two Highlights
• Johns Hopkins broke out to a 13-4 advantage in the first set, scoring seven consecutive points. The Jays would end the set on a 3-1 run and win the set 25-11 on a kill from Kristi Rhead.
• Set two was highly competitive, with neither team being able to build a substantial lead. The Blue Jays fell behind 6-3, however they would notch three straight points capped by a kill from Louisa Kishton to tie the match.
• JHU would go on a 4-0 run to take a 11-7 advantage, but eventually the Knights would get the set tied at 15.
• Hopkins would regain the lead and would go onto take the second set 25-21.
• Johns Hopkins did get out to a 5-1 lead in the third set and would build a 15-9 lead to force a Knights timeout. Arcadia would slowly chip away at the Hopkins lead, however the Blue Jays would hold on and win the set 25-22 and the match 3-0.
What it Means
• The Blue Jays improve to 23-11 against Haverford and have won the last four matches and are now 2-0 against Arcadia.
• Hopkins has won its last 12 matches, which is the longest winning streak since the team won 16 in a row in 2012.
• With the win over Haverford, the Blue Jays have won 13 straight conference matches.
Inside the Box Score
• Kishton led Hopkins with 17 digs against Haverford and 13 against Arcadia.
• Elizabeth Wuerstle and Aston had five aces each against the Fords. Rachel DePencier led the team with four service aces against Arcadia.
• Bliss led the team with 11 kills in the first match and added 10 in the second. Wuerstle led the team with 11 kills against Arcadia.
• Aston contributed 20 assists against the Fords and 17 against the Knights while Rhead had 12 in the first match and 14 in the second.
Head Coach Tim Cole
• "Haverford attacked our block well and we battled to adjust our rhythm to be with theirs."
• "Rachel DePencier brought us some tough serves and played her most crisp defense to date."
• "Natalie Aston was running fantastic offense."
• "Kristi Rhead took this week's work on defense and applied it well."
• Rachel DePencier: "The team came in today hungry and ready to fight. I'm so proud of the strong and positive attitudes we brought and the way we consistently played our game."
• Esther Hong: "Despite the results we will continue to strive for excellence."
• Sasha Gorelik: "We strove for playing our game in any situation and we grew a lot in this aspect. We are enjoying the process while giving our all."
• JHU is back on the court Wednesday, October 4 as they will host Dickinson at 7 pm.
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