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Johns Hopkins Volleyball Weekly Notes

Nov. 2, 2010

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A LOOK BACK: Johns Hopkins concluded its regular season with a 3-0 week with victories over McDaniel, Mary Washington and Ursinus. Hopkins secured the second seed in the Centennial Conference playoffs and is currently riding a nine-match winning streak heading into this weekend's playoffs.

The Blue Jays traveled to Westminster, MD last Wednesday and took down McDaniel, 3-0, in conference play. JHU won by set scores of 25-18, 25-18 and 25-23. Sophomore Becky Paynter (30 assists, 11 digs) and junior Melissa Cole (10 kills, 21 digs) each notched double-doubles to lead the Blue Jays. Junior Sarah Feicht led Hopkins in kills with 13, while senior Alica Diehl tallied a team-high 22 digs. Sophomore Carolyn Mickelson added 10 kills in the win.

Hopkins hosted Mary Washington in non-conference action and Ursinus in its final regular season conference match on Saturday. The Blue Jays took down Mary Washington in its first match of the day, 3-2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-4), making up for a five-set loss to the Eagles earlier in the season. Hopkins used a balanced attack against the Eagles, as four players totaled at least seven kills. Senior Brittany Zimmer and Mickelson each recorded nine kills, while Feicht added eight kills and Cole posted seven. Paynter notched 31 assists, seven digs and three kills in the win.

Hopkins then closed out its regular season slate with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-21) victory over Ursinus. Feicht led the team in kills with 14, while Diehl posted a team-best nine digs and Paynter added 24 assists.

THE WEEK AHEAD: The second-seeded Blue Jays will face third-seeded Franklin & Marshall on Saturday, November 6 at 2:30 pm in the conference semifinals hosted by top-seeded Haverford. The Blue Jays upended the Diplomats, 3-0, earlier this season on October 12.

CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS: Haverford locked up the top spot in the conference with a 3-0 sweep of McDaniel on Saturday. The Fords ran the table in the Centennial Conference regular season with a 10-0 record. Haverford will square off against the winner of Swarthmore and Gettysburg in the first semifinal at 12 pm. Gettysburg travels to Swarthmore on Wednesday for the opening round match

SWEEPING STATEMENTS: With sweeps against McDaniel and Ursinus last week, Hopkins has now won 14 of its 19 matches in straight sets, including seven matches during its ongoing nine-match winning streak.

CLIMBING THE RANKS: Several Blue Jays are finding their way into the JHU record book this season. Melissa Cole has recorded 348 kills this season, tying her for 13th all-time in single-season kills and has also totaled 419 digs, good for 11th all-time in single-season digs. Alica Diehl has posted 489 digs thus far this season, placing her fifth in JHU history in single-season digs. Becky Paynter has also made her way into the single-season record books. Paynter has dished out 914 assists, which ranks 9th all-time. Brittany Zimmer has delivered 54 service aces, tying her for 14th all-time in single-season service aces.

UP NEXT: Second-seeded Johns Hopkins will play third-seeded Franklin & Marshall on Saturday at 2:30 pm at Haverford.