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Volleyball Advances to Conference Finals With A 3-0 Win Over McDaniel

Simone Bliss led the team with nine kills.
Nov. 4, 2017

Box Score |  jhu vs. mcdaniel 

The Basics 
• Score: Johns Hopkins 3 • McDaniel 0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-16)
• Records: Johns Hopkins (23-3 • 10-0 CC), McDaniel (19-8 • 6-4)
• Location: Baltimore, MD (Goldfarb Gym)
• The Short Story: The top-seeded Johns Hopkins women’s volleyball team defeated fifth-ranked McDaniel 3-0 in the semifinals of the Centennial Conference Tournament to advance to the finals for the second straight season.

How it Happened
• The Blue Jays jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in set one and built an eight-point lead at 13-5 to force a Green Terror timeout. An ace from Elizabeth Wuerstle put JHU up15-8 and Hopkins would build the lead to 17-8 on her serve. Johns Hopkins would score four straight points on Wuerstle’s serve later in the set to go up 22-9 and a kill from Natalie Aston gave Hopkins set one by a score of 25-12.
• McDaniel took its first lead in the second set as it built a 9-5 lead. The Blue Jays chipped away at the lead, and a kill from Kristi Rhead would get Hopkins to within one at 13-12. A block from Aston tied the match at 13, but a service error from Hopkins put the Green Terror back in front. Louisa Kishton tied the set at 14 with a kill and Sasha Gorelik followed with a kill of her own to put JHU back on top 15-14. Hopkins built its lead up to 21-18 forcing the Green Terror to use a timeout. The teams would exchange points before JHU scored three points, capped by a Kishton kill to take set two, 25-21.
• In set three, JHU got out in front 7-5, but McDaniel battled back to take a 10-9 lead. Wuerstle and Rhead combined on a block to tie the set at 10 and a kill from Wuerstle a few points later put the Blue Jays up 12-11. Hopkins scored five straight points on Wuerstle’s serve to go up 17-12 and McDaniel would take a timeout. The Green Terror got to 20-13, but Hopkins would remain in the lead and Kishton would notch her second ace to give JHU the set 25-16 and the match 3-0.

What it Means
• The Blue Jays will play in their second straight Centennial Conference Final where the Blue Jays hold a 4-3 record.
• This will be the eight championship appearance for JHU.
• The win was the first for Johns Hopkins over McDaniel in the conference tournament.

Inside the Box Score
Simone Bliss led Hopkins with nine kills and was followed by Wuerstle and Rhead who had eight each.
• Aston had a game-high 26 assists, and now has 498 on the year.
• Wuerstle added five aces to her resume and now has 96 on the season and 257 for her career.
• Kishton and Esther Hong led the Blue Jays with eight digs.
• As a team, Hopkins hit .325.

Up Next
• With the win, Hopkins advances to the finals of the Centennial Conference Tournament for the second consecutive season. The Blue Jays will face the winner of Swarthmore/Haverford tomorrow at 1 pm.

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