Score: #18 Johns Hopkins - 3, #17 Juniata - 1 (25-23, 19-25, 25-15, 25-23)
Records: #18 Johns Hopkins (18-2) #17 Juniata (15-6)
Location: Baltimore, MD Goldfarb Gym
The Short Story: The #18 Johns Hopkins volleyball team set the team record for consecutive wins as the Blue Jays defeated #17 Juniata in a thrilling four-set match at Goldfarb Gym by a score of 3-1 on Friday night.
How it Happened
The opening set was a close one early, but Hopkins would take a 10-9 lead and never trail the remainder of the set. The set saw three ties, but the Eagles could never get out in front of the Blue Jays as back-to-back kills from Elizabeth Wuerstle would give JHU set number one by a 25-23 score.
Juniata responded in the second set as it led throughout, going up 11-9 and eventually claiming the set by a score of 25-19.
Johns Hopkins responded in set number three as they scored six points on Nicole Hada's serve to take the score from 3-3 to 9-3. From that point, the Eagles would never get closer than five points, and an ace from Louisa Kishton gave JHU set number three, 25-15.
Down 8-2 in the fourth set, head coach Tim Cole called a timeout, and when Hopkins returned to the court it scored the next three points to make the score 8-6 and force a Juniata timeout. The Blue Jays momentum would continue as two aces from Hada tied the set at eight, and a kill by Wuerstle put JHU back on top 9-8. The Eagles would tie the set, but Hopkins would go on a 3-0 run to go back in front 14-11. The Blue Jays went up 18-14 however, Juniata rattled off six straight points to go in front 20-18 and force another Hopkins timeout. Out of the timeout, the Blue Jays regained the lead at 21-20, but once again Juniata tied the match at 21 on a kill from Marybeth Weilhbrecht. A Kishton kill put Hopkins back in front, but another kill from Weihbrecht and an error by JHU put Juniata back in the lead, 23-22. A service error by the Eagles tied the match at 23, and Wuerstle stepped to the service line with the chance to serve for the match, and she did not disappoint as she notched her first ace of the match to put Hopkins up one and aced her next serve to give Hopkins the set, 25-23 and the match 3-1.
What it Means
With the win, Hopkins sets the team record for consecutive wins with 17, breaking the previous record of 16 which was set in 2012. The Blue Jays last loss came on September 2 to current number one Wittenberg who is undefeated this season.
The win was the first ever for Hopkins over the Eagles, who had won the previous seven meetings between the teams.
The second set loss was the first set that Johns Hopkins has dropped at home this season.
JHU has won the third set in 16 straight matches.
Inside the Box Score
Wuerstle led the team with 17 kills while Simone Bliss added 14. Wuerstle and Bliss were also second on the team in hitting percentage, as both finished the four-set match hitting .273.
Kristi Rhead led JHU in hitting percentage as she hit .333 in the match and added 14 assists.
Natalie Aston recorded a double-double with her team-high 22 assists and 12 digs, which was second most on the team.
The Blue Jays were led by Esther Hong with 13 digs, while Hada and Kishton each had 11.
Hopkins outhit the Eagles .254 to .161 and had more blocks at 5-4.
Juniata was led by Victoria Taylor with 10 kills and Katie Byrne with 15 digs.
Hopkins returns to the court tomorrow, Saturday, October 14 for a Centennial Conference match against Swarthmore. The match will begin at 1 pm at Goldfarb Gym.