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Volleyball Wins 12th Straight Match in Saturday Sweep

The Basics 
• 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."

Players Thoughts
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."

Up Next
• JHU is back on the court Wednesday, October 4 as they will host Dickinson at 7 pm.
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