Streak Squashed: Hopkins Snaps F&M's 13-Match Winning Streak
Oct. 12, 2010
BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins volleyball team swept visiting Franklin & Marshall, 3-0, on Tuesday night in Goldfarb Gym to hand the Diplomats their first loss in Centennial Conference play and put an end to F&M’s 13-match winning streak. Hopkins evens its overall record at 11-11 and improves to 4-2 in the conference with the win, while the Diplomats drop to 16-5 overall and 5-1 in conference matches.
Franklin & Marshall took an early 8-5 lead in the first set, but Hopkins tied the match at 10-10 on a kill by senior KC Stingl. The set remained back-and-forth and saw several lead changes until junior Melissa Cole delivered a kill to give JHU a 23-22 lead that it would not relinquish. Junior Sarah Feicht followed Cole’s kill with one of her own to give the Blue Jays a 24-22 advantage and F&M recorded a service error to give Hopkins the first set, 25-22.
The second set was also a tight, back-and-forth battle with several lead changes. Senior Brittany Zimmer opened the set with two kills, which were followed by a Stingl kill to give Hopkins the early 3-0 edge. A Feicht block gave the Blue Jays an 11-7 lead, but F&M chipped away at the Hopkins advantage and took its first lead of the set at 14-13 on a kill by senior Pam Horner. Seven ties and three lead changes later the two squads found themselves deadlocked at 23-23. Sophomore Carolyn Mickelson recorded a kill to give JHU a 24-23 lead and Stingl delivered a clutch service ace to close out the set, 25-23 and give Hopkins a 2-0 set advantage.
The third set once again opened with two Zimmer kills to give the Blue Jays the early momentum. F&M was able to regroup and took the lead at 7-6, but that would prove to be its only lead of the set, as Hopkins cruised the rest of the way to take the match, 25-16.
The Blue Jays received strong attacking performances from several players, as four players delivered at least seven kills in the contest. Cole recorded a team-high 10 kills and added 13 digs for her team-leading 11th double-double of the season. Zimmer added nine kills, Mickelson posted eight kills and Feicht tallied seven kills. Senior Alica Diehl notched a team-best 14 digs, while sophomore Becky Paynter handed out 30 assists in the win.
The Diplomats were paced by Horner, who posted a double-double with 22 assists and 13 digs, while sophomores Kerry Rom and Sydney Seydel tallied eight kills apiece.
Hopkins returns to action on Thursday, October 14 at home against Hood in non-conference action at 7 pm.