JHU Extends Winning Streak to Nine With Victories Over Mary Washington and Ursinus
Oct. 30, 2010
BALTIMORE, MD - The Johns Hopkins volleyball team closed out its regular season on Saturday at Goldfarb Gym with victories against Mary Washington and Ursinus. The Blue Jays locked up the second seed in the Centennial Conference playoffs and extend their winning streak to nine matches with the two wins. Hopkins is now 19-11 (8-2 CC) on the year.
The Blue Jays defeated Mary Washington, 3-2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-4), in their first match of the day, avenging a five set loss to the Eagles from earlier in the season.
JHU took its first lead of the opening set at 10-9 and held the lead the rest of the way as two aces by senior KC Stingl closed out the first set, 25-18. In the second frame Mary Washington took a commanding early lead of 10-3 and maintained the lead for the entire set to even the match at one set apiece.
In the second frame Mary Washington took a commanding early lead of 10-3 and maintained the lead for the entire set to even the match at one set apiece. Hopkins led the entire way in the third set, taking its biggest lead at 20-12 on a kill by Feicht and holding on, 25-20, to take a 2-1 set advantage.
The fourth set was a bit more back-and-forth and saw five ties and four lead changes. Hopkins found itself in 23-19 hole late in the set, but reeled off four straight points to even the score at 23-23. Ursinus regrouped to take the final two points and the set, 25-23.
The fifth set was all JHU as the Blue Jays won seven straight points on the serve of senior Alica Diehl to take a 8-1 advantage and eventually closed out the match, 15-4.
Hopkins used a balanced attack to take down the Eagles, as four players recorded at least seven kills for the Blue Jays. Senior Brittany Zimmer and sophomore Carolyn Mickelson each tallied nine kills, while junior Sarah Feicht totaled eight kills and classmate Melissa Cole added seven. Cole also led the team in digs with 20. Sophomore Becky Paynter notched 31 assists, seven digs and three kills in the win.
The Eagles fall to 18-8 with the loss.
In the second match of the day the Blue Jays took down Ursinus in their final regular season match of the season, 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-21). Hopkins found itself in a 9-2 hole early on in the first set, but rallied to take its first lead at 14-13 and won the set by a score of 25-21.
The Blue Jays looked sharp in the second frame as they never trailed, recorded only one attack error and took the set, 25-14. JHU closed out the match with a 25-21 third set win.
Feicht led Hopkins in kills with 14, while Diehl notched a team-high nine digs. Paynter dished out a team-best 24 assists, while Cole put together a well-rounded stat line of seven kills, eight digs and two service aces.
Ursinus closes out its season with a record of 10-17 (2-9 CC).
Johns Hopkins clinched the second seed in the Centennial Conference playoffs with its win against Ursinus and will square off against third-seeded Franklin & Marshall on Saturday, November 6 at Haverford. Game time is yet to be determined.