Lee Tallies 13 Kills
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting Johns Hopkins got 11 kills from Ally Hirsch and 10 kills from Mereze Visagie en route to a 3-0 (25-18, 28-26, 25-16) win on Wednesday in the Centennial Conference volleyball opener for both teams. The Blue Jays improve to 9-8 overall and 1-0 in the conference, while the Shorewomen drop to 10-3 and 0-1 respectively. It was also the home opener for the Shorewomen.
In the first set, the Blue Jays took control of the set with a 10-3 run to turn a 7-7 tie into a 17-10 lead following a Kristi Rhead kill. The Blue Jays clinched the first set on an attack error by the Shorewomen.
Johns Hopkins raced out to a 12-3 lead in the second set after an attack miscue by Washington. But Washington fought back to tie the set at 24-24 on a kill by junior middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca). The two teams would trade points until Rhead made back-to-back kills to make it 27-26 and 28-26 to close out the second set.
The Blue Jays opened strong in the third set taking a 7-1 lead following a block by both Hirsch and Visagie. The Blue Jays led 19-10 following an assisted block by Visagie and Ali Cox before the Shorewomen went on a 6-2 run to trim the lead to 21-16 following an attack error by the visitors. However, Johns Hopkins won the last four points to take the set.
Anne Cohen had 11 digs, while Erica Johnston had 10 digs to lead the way for the Blue Jays, while Rhead handed out 21 assists to lead the team, while Carolyn Zin passed out 16 helpers. Liz Wuerstle served six aces to lead all players as the Blue Jays had 11 aces in the win. The Blue Jays hit .239 in the win.
Junior outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill) had 13 kills to lead all players and just missed a double-double with nine digs. Sophomore outside hitter/defensive specialist Rachel Baker (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) had 14 digs to lead the match, while sophomore defensive specialist Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista) had 13 digs. Freshman setter Sarah Bentley (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) had 25 assists to lead all players.
The Shorewomen travel to Gettysburg for a tri-match on Saturday afternoon. Washington plays host Gettysburg for a Centennial match at 1:00 p.m. and then will play Kean in a non-conference contest at 3:00 p.m.