Wuerstle's Record Setting Day Lifts JHU Over F&M, 3-0
• Score: #17 Johns Hopkins – 3 , Franklin & Marshall – 0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-13)
• Records: Johns Hopkins (22-3 • 10-0 CC) • Franklin & Marshall (16-11 • 7-3 CC)
• Location: Baltimore, MD (Goldfarb Gym)
• The Short Story: It was a historic Senior Day for Elizabeth Wuerstle, as she became the team’s single-season and career service ace record holder as the Johns Hopkins volleyball team defeated Franklin & Marshall 3-0 on Saturday afternoon. The win also sealed a second straight perfect conference record for Hopkins.
How it Happened
• The Diplomats took a 7-6 lead in set one but a kill from Sasha Gorelick tied the game at seven. JHU went on a 5-0 run to go up 14-9, however, F&M got to within one at 16-15. An ace from Wuerstle put the Blue Jays up 20-15, and her kill later in the set gave Hopkins a 25-20 set one win.
• Hopkins got out to a 10-5 lead in set two on a kill from Louisa Kishton. Back-to-back aces from Wuerstle put JHU up 17-10 and an attack error gave the Blue Jays an 18-10 lead. The Diplomats scored the next four points to get to within four, but Johns Hopkins pulled away and a kill by Kristi Rhead gave the Blue Jays a 25-17 set two win.
• Set three was back-and-forth in the early going, but Wuerstle got three straight aces to give Hopkins the 8-5 lead. From there JHU pulled away and Wuerstle concluded her career day with a kill to win the set 25-13 as Hopkins won the match 3-0.
What it Means
• Today marked the final regular season home match for Wuerstle and Rhead along with team manager Kenny Ling. Wuerstle and Rhead have had spectacular careers for the Blue Jays while Ling has been an asset to the team in both practice and during games.
• Wuerstle now has 252 career aces, which broke the previous JHU record of 246 that was held by Chrissy Horan. Wuerstle currently has 91 aces this season, which broke the old mark of 88 that was held by Betsy Baydala.
• With the win, Hopkins has gone two straight seasons with a perfect Centennial Conference record of 10-0. It is the third perfect conference record in team history.
• The Blue Jays are now 20-25 against the Diplomats and have won the last three meetings.
Inside the Box Score
• Wuerstle finished the match with nine aces, five digs, seven kills and a .238 hitting percentage.
• Rhead had a team-high nine kills, and Simone Bliss contributed seven kills in the match.
• JHU was led in assists by Natalie Aston who had 26 in the three-set match.
• Playing libero for the first time this season, Nicole Hada had a team-high 12 digs.
• As a team, Hopkins hit .250 while F&M hit just .064.
• Hopkins will play the winner of the 4/5 match on Saturday, November 4 in the semifinals of the Centennial Conference Tournament, which will be held at Goldfarb Gym. Game time has yet to be announced.