Volleyball Falls in Top-25 Matchup to Stevenson, 3-1
• Score: #16 Johns Hopkins – 1, #25 Stevenson – 3 (25-17, 28-26, 25-27, 25-21)
• Records: Johns Hopkins (19-3) • Stevenson (25-1)
• Location: Owings Mills, MD. (Owings Mills Gym)
• The Short Story: In a match featuring two top-25 teams, the Johns Hopkins volleyball team saw its 18 match winning streak come to an end as the Blue Jays fell to #25 Stevenson 3-1 on the road on Thursday night.
How it Happened
• The Blue Jays fell behind early as the Mustangs jumped out to a 16-6 lead in the first set thanks to a 5-0 run. Stevenson would continue to build on its lead and take set one, 25-17.
• JHU got out to an early 4-1 advantage, however, Stevenson scored two straight points to get to within one. The Blue Jays would build the lead back up, but the Mustangs got back to within one at 9-8. Hopkins answered with four straight points to go up 17-11. Stevenson had its own response, going on a 6-0 run to claim a 23-21 lead, but a kill from Simone Bliss brought JHU back to within one. The Mustangs took advantage of a Blue Jay error to go up 24-22, but back-to-back kills from Elizabeth Wuerstle tied the match at 24. A Stevenson error gave the Blue Jays match point, but the Mustangs scored two straight to get a match point of their own. Louisa Kishton registered a kill to tie the match at 26, but a service error and a kill from Chelsea Ireland gave Stevenson a 28-26 second set win.
• In the third set, Johns Hopkins got out to a 6-3 advantage and used a 5-0 run to go up 15-8. A service ace from Sasha Gorelik put JHU up 21-17. The Mustangs went on a 6-0 run to go up 25-24, but a kill from Morgan Wu tied the set at 25 and an ace from Natalie Aston would give JHU set point at 26-25. Wu sealed the third set with a kill as Hopkins won set three, 27-25.
• Seven ties highlighted the early portion of set four before Johns Hopkins was able to build a small lead at 10-7. The Mustangs later tied the match at 11 on a service ace by Annika Schwartz and took the lead on an attack error by the Blue Jays. Down, 13-11, Hopkins took advantage of a Stevenson service error and a kill from Kristi Rhead brought JHU back to within one. Three straight Mustang points put them up 17-13, but Wuerstle stopped the Stevenson run with a kill to make the score 17-14. Stevenson went on another 3-0 run to go up 22-17, but the Blue Jays answered with two straight points to make the score 22-19. The Mustangs had match point at 24-19, but back-to-back kills from Bliss and Wuerstle made the score 24-22. Stevenson would get its match point and claim the set 25-21 and the match 3-1.
What it Means
• The loss ends Hopkins’ 18 match winning streak.
• JHU and Stevenson are now tied in the all-time series at eight wins each.
• This is the first time this season that the Blue Jays have lost the opening two sets and it is the first road loss for Hopkins. The other two JHU losses came at neutral sites.
Inside the Box Score
• Bliss led the Blue Jays with 17 kills while Aston led the team with 30 assists.
• Kishton had a team-high 14 digs while Esther Hong and Nicole Hada each had 12.
• The Blue Jays will stay on the road for a Centennial Conference match at Ursinus on Saturday, October 21 at 1 pm.