Oct. 2, 2001
Last Week: This past week, the Blue Jays went 2-1 to improve to 8-9 on the year. JHU defeated Villa Julie College, 3-0 (30-19, 30-23, 30-21) in the team's home opener, before opening Centennial Conference play by spliting a tri-match with Swarthmore and Muhlenberg. Hopkins topped Swarthmore, 3-0 (30-20, 30-20, 30-19) before falling to Muhlenberg, 3-1 (28-30, 30-18, 23-30, 26-30).
This Week: JHU continues conference action this week with single matches against Bryn Mawr and Haverford on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. The team will then participate in the Salisbury Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
The Coach: Head coach Chris Weidenborner is in his third season at Johns Hopkins after a very successful first two seasons. He led JHU to a 51-26 record the past two seasons with consecutive second-place finishes at the ECAC Championships. Weidenborner currently sports a 59-35 (.627 winning percentage) overall record with the Blue Jays. He is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport, where he enjoyed a three-year career as the team's captain and starting setter and left-side hitter.
Team & Player Notes:
* Climbing the Charts: Senior outside hitter Emily Miller and junior middle hitter Elisabeth Breese continue to move up the charts at Hopkins for career kills and blocks. Miller, who leads the team with 217 kills, has moved into seventh-place at JHU with 658 career kills. She is also 11th with 145 career blocks, including 30 this season. Breese is second on the squad with 185 kills, which places her ninth all-time at Hopkins with 460 career kills. Breese, who leads the team with 52 blocks, is now 10th at JHU with 174 career blocks. She needs just four more blocks to move into eighth-place.
* Underclassmen Step Up: The newcomers, including six freshman, continue to play a major role for the 2001 squad. The seven players have combined for 40% of the team's kills (284), 54% of the team's digs (593), 92% of the team's assists (507), and 69% of the team's service aces (111).
* Fab Frosh: Freshman setter Betsy Baydala has been one of JHU's best players throughout this young season. She leads the team in assists (483), service aces (60), and hitting percentage (.452), while ranking second on the team with 223 digs, and fourth in kills (75) and blocks (19).
* Welcome Aboard: After missing the first 11 matches of the season recovering from an injury, freshman Erin Trish already ranks fifth on the team in blocks (11), third in assists (16), and third with 3.25 digs per game.