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Johns Hopkins Volleyball Weekly Notes

Oct. 19, 2010

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A LOOK BACK: The Blue Jays had an impressive week last week, winning all four of their matches and dropping only one set along the way. Hopkins defeated Franklin & Marshall, Hood, Muhlenberg and Montclair State en route to a 4-0 week. The four-match winning streak is JHU’s longest of the season.

Hopkins hosted Franklin & Marshall on Tuesday and took down the then conference-leading Diplomats, 3-0. The Blue Jays won by set scores of 25-22, 25-23 and 25-16 and snapped the Diplomats 13-match winning streak. The Blue Jays used a balanced attack to defeat F&M, as four different players recorded at least seven kills in the match. Junior Melissa Cole led Hopkins with 10 kills and 13 digs.

On Thursday JHU hosted non-conference opponent Hood and dropped the visiting Blazers with ease, 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-17). Cole led the Blue Jays with 10 kills and 15 digs, while freshman Katia Charov recorded a career-high 23 assists. Senior Brittany Zimmer added four service aces for Hopkins.

Hopkins then traveled to Allentown, PA for a pair of matches on Saturday afternoon against Muhlenberg and Montclair State. The Blue Jays moved to 4-0 on the week with a 3-0 victory over conference foe Muhlenberg and a 3-1 win against Montclair State. Sophomore Becky Paynter paced JHU against Muhlenberg, tossing out 28 assists along with 14 digs and three service aces. Cole put together another strong performance with a team-best 12 kills and nine digs. Hopkins cruised to victory over Montclair State behind double-doubles from Cole (18 kills, 19 digs) and Paynter (36 assists, 10 digs). Sophomore Carolyn Mickelson added 14 kills in the victory.

THE WEEK AHEAD: Hopkins will play both of its matches this week on Saturday, October 23 in Bryn Mawr, PA. The Blue Jays will square off against Bryn Mawr at 11 am, before playing Delaware Valley at 1 pm in non-conference action.

The Blue Jays and Owls will meet for the 18th time on Saturday, with JHU holding a 15-2 series advantage and a 12-match winning streak. Hopkins has defeated Bryn Mawr in straight sets in 11 of their last 12 meetings.

Hopkins and Delaware Valley will be matched up for just the second time ever on Saturday. JHU won the only meeting between the two schools by a score of 3-0 on September 12, 1998.

I’M HONORED: Melissa Cole earned Centennial Conference Player of the Week honors for the second time this season for her performance last week. Cole averaged 3.84 kills per set, 4.3 digs per set and had a .319 attack percentage for the week. She added three solo blocks, five block assists and four service aces in Hopkins’ four victories. 

SWEEPING STATEMENTS: The Blue Jays swept three of their four opponents last week in straight sets, dropping only one set to Montclair State. Hopkins has won 10 of its 14 matches this season in straight sets.

POLL POSITION: In a preseason vote of the Centennial Conference Coaches, Hopkins was picked to finish sixth with 57 points.

CAREER-HIGH: Freshman Katia Charov recorded a career-high 23 assists last Thursday against Hood. Charov’s previous high was 15 against Johnson & Wales on September 11.

UP NEXT: The Blue Jays travel to Bryn Mawr, PA on Saturday, October 23 to face off against Bryn Mawr at 11 am and Delaware Valley at 1 pm.