Oct. 5, 2011
BALTIMORE, MD - For just the second time in the last 12 meetings, the Johns Hopkins volleyball team swept the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats in straight sets, Wednesday evening at Goldfarb Gym. The Blue Jays defeated the Diplomats with set scores of 25-18, 25-22, 25-10.
With the sweep of the Diplomats, the Blue Jays push their record to 13-4 and a perfect 4-0 in the Centennial Conference while F&M falls to 9-8 overall and 4-1 in the CC.
Franklin & Marshall led by a narrow two point margin, 10-8, in the first set before Hopkins ran away with a seven point run to put the Blue Jays up, 15-10, a lead they would not surrender. F&M could not put together more than a two-point run at any point in the set and the Blue Jays came away with a 25-18 victory.
Johns Hopkins opened the second set with three-straight points behind the serving of freshman Mariel Metalios before the Diplomats chipped away at the lead and pulled within two points with the score 7-5. Hopkins scored four straight points to pull ahead, 11-5. In the middle of the set, the Diplomats used two separate four point runs to pull within one, 20-19. After a Blue Jay side out, the Diplomats scored two more to even the score at 21-21. Hopkins hung tough though, and scored three straight points behind kills from freshmen Megan Cohan and Katie Schwarz. After a Diplomat side out, freshman Meagan Donohoe finished the set with a kill to give the Blue Jays a two-set lead with the 25-22 win.
The Diplomats opened the third set with 6-5 lead, but that would be as close as the final set would get. After taking an 8-7 lead, the Blue Jays scored five straight points to break open the set at 13-7. After the Diplomats scored their last point of the match, the Blue Jays ran away with nine straight points behind the serving of Schwarz to take the set 25-10, and hand the Blue Jays their third straight win and second straight conference victory and snap a seven-game winning streak the Diplomats carried into tonight's match up.
Schwarz led the match with 11 kills and collected nine digs in the winning effort. Senior Melissa Cole led the defense with 18 digs and one block. Metalios handed out a match-high 19 assists while junior Becky Paynter added 11.
Johns Hopkins returns to the court when the Blue Jays travel to Collegeville, PA. to face off against CC foe, Ursinus on Saturday, Oct. 8 with the match set for 1 pm.