Score: #17 Johns Hopkins - 3 , Gettysburg - 1 (25-10, 22-25, 26-24, 25-19)
Records: Johns Hopkins (21-3 9-0 CC) Gettysburg (19-8 4-5 CC)
Location: Gettysburg, PA (Bream Gym)
The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins volleyball team clinched the top spot in the upcoming Centennial Conference Tournament, as the Blue Jays defeated Gettysburg 3-1 on the road on Wednesday night.
How it Happened
JHU scored the first five points of the opening set, four of which came on the serve of Natalie Aston. The Bullets attempted to chip away at the Blue Jay's lead but were unable to get close as a kill from Morgan Wu gave Johns Hopkins set one, 25-10.
Set two saw Gettysburg go on a 4-0 run to take a 5-3 lead and it would eventually go up 8-4. With Kristi Rhead serving, Hopkins went on a 3-0 run to tie the set at eight. The home team regained the lead on a service error and later took a 17-13 advantage. JHU tied the match at 18 on an ace from Rhead but Gettysburg got the lead back and took set two by a score of 25-22.
The two teams played a back-and-forth third set which featured 14 ties. Finally, JHU was able to pull away from the Bullets at 23-19 thanks to a kill from Simone Bliss. The lead was short-lived as Gettysburg went on a 4-0 run to tie the set at 23. Tied at 24, the Blue Jays took advantage of an attack error and a service ace from Wu gave Hopkins the third set, 26-24.
The fourth set opened in a similar fashion to the third set with neither team building much of a lead. A kill from Rhead put the Blue Jays up 16-12, but Gettysburg chipped away and got to within two at 18-16. A kill from Elizabeth Wuerstle put JHU up 19-16 and a service ace by Rachel DePencier gave Hopkins a four-point advantage. Up 24-18, Bliss would seal the set and match for Johns Hopkins with her team-high 14th kill as Hopkins won the set 25-18 and the match 3-1.
What it Means
JHU improves to 15-29 all-time against the Bullets and has won the last nine meetings.
The 19 straight Centennial Conference wins sets a new team record for consecutive wins against conference opponents.
With the win, Hopkins has now secured the top spot in the Centennial Conference Tournament and will host the semifinals and finals from Nov. 4-5. This is the fifth time since 1997 that JHU has been the top seed, and marks the third straight season that the team will host the conference tournament as the number one seed.
Inside the Box Score
Wuerstle finished second on the team in kills with 11 and led the team with a .375 hitting percentage.
Louisa Kishton notched another double-double finishing with 10 kills and a team-high 16 digs.
Rhead led the Blue Jays with 23 assists while Aston finished second with 20.
Johns Hopkins had a team hitting percentage of .280 while Gettysburg finished with a hitting percentage of .143.
The Blue Jays will wrap up the regular season at home on Saturday, October 28. JHU will host Franklin & Marshall for a 1 pm match at Goldfarb Gym.