Johns Hopkins Volleyball Weekly Notes
Oct. 26, 2010
A LOOK BACK: Johns Hopkins played both of its matches last week on Saturday against Bryn Mawr and Delaware Valley. The Blue Jays swept past both opponents to extend their winning streak to six matches and improve to 16-11 overall and 6-2 in the conference.
Hopkins took down Bryn Mawr, 3-0, in its first match of the day against the Owls in Centennial Conference action. The Blue Jays won by set scores of 26-24, 25-15 and 25-14. Junior Melissa Cole led JHU with 10 kills, 13 digs and three service aces. Sophomore Becky Paynter notched 27 assists, five digs and three service aces, senior Brittany Zimmer posted a team-high 11 kills and senior Alica Diehl recorded a team-best 16 digs in the win.
JHU then defeated Delaware Valley, 3-0, in its second match of the day in a non-conference matchup. Cole led the team in kills with 11 and added nine digs, while Diehl again led Hopkins in digs with 12. Freshman Katia Charov notched a team-best 21 assists and also posted seven digs and three kills.
THE WEEK AHEAD: The Blue Jays enter the final week of the regular season riding a six-match winning streak and will play three matches to wrap the regular season slate this week. Hopkins travels to Westminster, MD on Wednesday to face Centennial Conference opponent McDaniel, before hosting Mary Washington and Ursinus on Saturday.
Hopkins are McDaniel will meet for the 32nd time on Wednesday, with the Green Terror holding a slight edge (16-15) in the series. JHU defeated McDaniel, 3-1, in the last meeting between the two sides on October 28, 2009. McDaniel is 3-18 (2-6 CC) this season.
The Blue Jays will square off against the Eagles of Mary Washington for the 14th time on Saturday, with UMW holding a 10-3 series advantage. The Eagles defeated Johns Hopkins, 3-2, earlier this season and currently stand at 17-7 on the year.
Hopkins will then host Ursinus in its final regular season match of the year. The Blue Jays have never lost to the Bears and the two teams will square off for 18th time on Saturday. The Bears are 10-15 (2-6 CC) on the year.
BERTH CLINCHED: Hopkins’ win over Bryn Mawr on Saturday clinched a Centennial Conference playoff berth for the Blue Jays. All five playoff berths have been clinched, with exact seeding yet to be determined. Haverford, Swarthmore, Franklin & Marshall and Gettysburg will join Johns Hopkins in the conference playoffs, with Haverford currently sitting on top of the standings with an 8-0 conference record.
SWEEPING STATEMENTS: With sweeps over Bryn Mawr and Delaware Valley last week, the Blue Jays have now won 12 of their 16 matches this season in straight sets, including five of their last six victories.
POLL POSITION: In a preseason vote of the Centennial Conference Coaches, Hopkins was picked to finish sixth with 57 points.
MOVIN’ ON UP: Several Blue Jays are finding their way into the JHU record book this season. Melissa Cole’s 21 kills in the two matches on Saturday gives her 324 kills for the season, placing her 14th in JHU history in single-season kills with three regular season matches yet to be played. Alica Diehl totaled 28 digs last week and now ranks ninth all-time in single-season digs with 443. Becky Paynter notched 38 assists on Saturday and is now 11th all-time in individual single-season assists with 829.
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.