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Sept. 16, 2009
The Blue Jays captured their second straight JHU Invitational title, under head coach Greg Giovanazzi. Hopkins defeated DeSales in its season opener, 3-0. The Blue Jays then beat Goucher (3-1) and Edgewood (3-1) on the second day of the tournament, in route to capturing their third consecutive JHU Invitational championship.
A LOOK BACK
Last weekend Johns Hopkins traveled to Wellesley, MA to play in the Wellesley Quad Invitational. In a marathon nightcap on the first day of the tournament, Amherst defeated the Blue Jays, 3-2.
The Blue Jays opened the second day of the tournment with a come-from-behind win to defeat Wellesley, 3-2. JHU used tough serving and quick middle attacks from Zenoff and Melissa Cole to take control of the match. Paynter guided a well-balanced Blue Jay offense registering 29 assists. Zenoff led Hopkins wtih eight kills, while Cole, Allison Cappelaere and Brittany Zimmer recorded seven kills each.
JHU finished the Wellesley Quad with a solid, 3-1, win over the Wesleyan Cardinals. Paynter had an impressive showing recording five aces, 20 digs, and 22 assists. Cappelaere added 17 kills.
THIS WEEK'S ACTION
Johns Hopkins defeated Hood Tuesday evening, 3-1, in the sixth meeting between the two programs. In the first set, the Blue Jays jumped out to a 9-1 lead on the strength of kills by five different players. Consecutive service aces for the Blazers narrowed the gap to 17-7, but the Blue Jays outscored Hood 8-4 the rest of the way and won the first set on a kill by Sarah Feicht.
In the second set the Blue Jays again built an early lead, but Hood rallied from seven points down to eventually even the score at 18-18. Three straight hitting errors by JHU pushed the Blazer lead to 23-20. After a few more exchanges, a kill by Allison Cappelaere inched the Blue Jays closer (23-24), but JHU would ultimately lose the set (23-25).
Hopkins doubled up the Blazers to start the third set, using a Becky Paynter ace to go up 12-6. Hood would not get closer than five the rest of the frame as the Blue Jays took a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Blue Jays continued their strong play in the fourth set and, after recording 16 kills to just two errors in the set, closed out the match with a 25-12 win. Hopkins was led by Alex Zenoff, who posted a match-high 13 kills while Paynter recorded a career-high 40 assists.
Friday, September 18 the Blue Jays will travel to New Paltz, NY to face SUNY Paltz in the opening game of the New Paltz Tournament. Hopkins will face New Jersey City in its second match Friday night.
Senior outside hitter Allison Cappelaere was named to the Centennial Conference Honor Roll. Cappelaere leads the Blue Jays in kills (76).
AT THE HELM
Greg Giovanazzi enters his second year at the helm of the women's volleyball program at Johns Hopkins and brings a wealth of experience to the progam. He has been involved in volleyball for over 30 years as both an athlete and coach at the international, collegiate and professional levels.
Under Giovanazzi's leadership, the Blue Jays went 20-7 (8-2 CC) in 2008, reaching the Centennial Conference semifinals. Amanda Lewis also broke the Centennial Conference record for assists during his first season at Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays placed three players on the All-Centennial Team last season and three players also earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
CENTENNIAL PRESEASON PICKS
JHU was picked to finish third in the Centennial Conference preseason vote of the conference's head coaches. The Blue Jays are searching for their first Centennial Conference title in program history. Hopkins is lookin to improve upon 20-7 record in 2008, which concluded with a loss in the conference semifinals to eventual champion Haverford.