Oct. 23, 2001
Last Week: The Blue Jays recorded two upset wins last week to improve to 16-12 overall and 7-2 in the Centennial Conference. Hopkins moved closer to securing a CC Tournament spot with wins against on Wednesday, 3-2 (30-15, 24-30, 30-26, 27-30, 15-10), and Franklin & Marshall, 3-0 (30-28, 33-31, 30-27), on Saturday in the final home match of the season.
This Week: JHU closes the regular season against Western Maryland College on Wednesday in Westminster. The Blue Jays won the last meeting, 3-1, last season, but WMC leads the all-time series 13-7.
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 67-38 (.638 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:
* Centennial Playoffs at a Glance: The Blue Jays can secure a Centennial Tournament spot with a victory against Western Maryland on Wednesday. If Hopkins ends up tied with other schools, seeds in the playoffs will be decided by several tie breaking formulas. Please check the Centennial Conference website (www.centennial.org) for complete playoff information.
* Winning Ways: With a 16-12 record through 28 matches, the Blue Jays have all but secured another winning season. JHU has won at least 16 matches in each of the past eight seasons and posted an 173-109 (.613) record since the start of the 1994 season.
Year, Overall, Centennial
2001, 16-12 (.571), 7-2 (.778)
2000, 24-10 (.706), 9-1 (.900)
1999, 27-16 (.628), 7-3 (.700)
1998, 18-14 (.563), 8-2 (.800)
1997, 28-15 (.651), 7-3 (.700)
1996, 22-11 (.667), 8-2 (.800)
1995, 19-14 (.578), 7-3 (.700)
1994, 19-17 (.528), 5-5 (.500)
Totals, 173-109 (.613), 58-21 (.734)
* Newcomers Step Up: The newcomers (Sarah Payne, Linda Trihn, Erin Trish, Claire Grossman, Betsy Farmer, Betsy Baydala, Catherine Albright, and Katie Davis) have played a major role for the 2001 squad. The eight players have combined for 41% of the team's kills (507), 57% of the team's digs (1,108), 94% of the team's assists (932), and 65% of the team's service aces (158).
* Fab Frosh: Freshman setter Betsy Baydala has been one of JHU's best players throughout the season. She currently leads the team in assists (851), service aces (80), and hitting percentage (.445), while ranking second on the team with 364 digs, and fourth in kills (121). She enter's this week needing just five aces to set a JHU single-season record with 85. Baydala is also on pace to set a single-season record for hitting percentage.
* Cromwell Returns: After missing nearly all of the season recovering from a shoulder injury, junior setter Courtney Cromwell returned to the lineup against Gettysburg and Franklin & Marshall. She saw limited action in her first games back and totaled three assists and three digs. Last season, Cromwell recorded the second highest single-season assist total in school history with 1,142, and set a JHU single-season record with 10.57 assists per game. She is currently second all-time at Hopkins with 2,080 career assists.
* Breese Strong In Middle: Junior middle hitter Elisabeth Breese has been one of the most consistent performers for Hopkins this season, as she leads the team in blocks (91) and is second in kills (320). She has totaled double-digit kills in 18 matches, including nine matches with at least 15 kills. Breese is currently eighth all-time at Hopkins with 595 career kills and seventh with 213 career blocks.
* Miller Time: Senior outside hitter Emily Miller is having one of the best individual seasons in school history. She currently leads the team with 373 kills, 3.76 kills per game, 417 digs, and 4.21 digs per game. Her dig total ranks second all-time at Hopkins for most digs in a single season, while her 4.21 digs per game would set a JHU single-season record. Miller's 373 kills rank fifth at Hopkins for a single season, and her 3.73 kills per game rank second at JHU for a single season. She is now sixth at Hopkins in career kills (814), and seventh all-time at JHU with 828 career digs.
* Assault on the Record Books
* Career Digs:
1. Mary Alexis Paul, 1,419 (1997-00)
2. Chrissy Horan, 1,377 (1996-99)
7. Emily Miller, 828 (1998-pres.)
* Hitting Percentage:
1. Betsy Baydala, .445 (2001)
2. Lori Leonard, .390 (1995)
1. Chrissy Horan, 84 (1999)
2. Betsy Baydala, 80 (2001)
Centennial Conference Volleyball Standings (as of 10/22/01)
School, Centennial, Overall
Franklin & Marshall, 7-2, 19-8
Haverford, 7-2, 19-8
Gettysburg, 7-2, 17-7
Muhlenberg, 7-2, 17-9
Johns Hopkins, 7-2, 16-12
Western Maryland, 5-4, 12-15
Swarthmore, 4-5, 13-10
Dickinson, 4-6, 15-11
Ursinus, 2-7, 8-20
Washington, 1-9, 1-25
Bryn Mawr, 0-10, 3-22