Volleyball Wins Thriller to Extend Win Streak to 18
• Score: #18 Johns Hopkins - 3 , Swarthmore - 2 (25-22, 27-25, 23-25, 21-25, 15-12)
• Records: #18 Johns Hopkins (19-2, 7-0 CC) • Swarthmore (15-6, 4-2 CC)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Goldfarb Gym
• The Short Story: It was a thrilling five-set match in Goldfarb Gym as the #18 Johns Hopkins volleyball team won its 18th straight match and 17th straight Centennial Conference match as the Blue Jays outlasted Swarthmore 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.
How it Happened
• The first set was highly contested but Hopkins got in front 16-13 and forced a Garnet timeout. Swarthmore inched closer, pulling to within one point at 20-19. A block from Natalie Aston and a kill Morgan Wu put the Blue Jays back in front 22-19. The Garnet got to within two at 24-22, but Elizabeth Wuerstle sealed the first set with a kill and Hopkins took set one, 25-22.
• Leading 7-2 early in the second set, Swarthmore looked poised to tie the match at one set apiece, but the Blue Jays came back, and a kill from Aston tied the set at ten. The Garnet went back ahead 23-18 and JHU would use a timeout. Out of the timeout, the Blue Jays went on a 6-0 run to tie the set at 24. The Garnet had set point at 25-24, but a kill from Simone Bliss tied the set at 25. An ace from Aston followed by a double-block from Bliss and Kristi Rhead gave Hopkins the come-from-behind win in set two, 27-25.
• Set three saw 11 ties as neither team could pull away. With Johns Hopkins leading 23-21, Swarthmore scored four unanswered points to keep the match alive with a 25-23 set three win.
• For the first time in the match, Hopkins scored the first point of the set and pulled ahead 9-4. The Garnet responded as down 10-7, Swarthmore scored three straight points to even the score at ten, and the Garnet would eventually pull ahead 14-10. JHU remained close, getting to within three, but the Garnet held on for the 25-21 win and the two teams would head to a decisive fifth set.
• The Blue Jays fell behind in the fifth set 8-3, but later in the set, JHU went on a 5-0 run to take the lead at 11-10. Mehra den Braven tied the match with a kill and the Garnet would then take a 12-11 lead, but Bliss would register a kill and tie the set at 12. With Wu serving, the Blue Jays scored three straight points, punctuated by a Bliss kill which gave Johns Hopkins the 15-12 set win and the 3-2 match victory.
What it Means
• The Blue Jays have now won 17 straight Centennial Conference matches, which is one away from tying the team record of 18 which was set between Oct. 12, 2010 – Oct. 3, 2012.
• JHU extends its program-record winning streak to 18 matches.
• Johns Hopkins is now 27-6 against the Garnet, having won the last three meetings.
Inside the Box Score
• Louisa Kishton and Aston each recorded double-doubles in the match as Kishton had 16 kills and 20 digs while Aston tallied 28 assists, which led the team, and 13 digs.
• Rhead notched 26 assists in the match while Bliss had a team-high 21 kills.
• For the Garnet, den Braven led the team with 19 kills and 21 digs.
• The Blue Jays will return to the court on Thursday, October 19 for a tough non-conference road match against #25 Stevenson. The match is scheduled to being at 7 pm.