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JHU complete perfect Centennial slate

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Despite a poor start and a lopsided loss in the opening set against Gettysburg, the Johns Hopkins volleyball team completed a perfect 10-0 conference season as they came back to beat the Bullets 3-1.

The Blue Jays were out-hit .294 to .024 in the first set as they had nine errors and just 10 kills on 41 total attempts, but they settled down after the gut punch, tightened up their defense, passes better and out-hit the Bullets the rest of the way on their way to the 18-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-16 victory.

The Blue Jays worked their way to a dominant 18-8 lead in the second set before Gettysburg was able to get on a run to get closer on the scoreboard, but Johns Hopkins was ahead by too much and were out-hitting the Bullets .217 to .103 as they close out the second set to even the match.

The success carried through in the next two sets and the Blue Jays won those by even greater margins.

The third set featured six early ties as the two teams went back-and-forth on the first 12 points, but JHU created some space with an 8-3 run. After two points by Gettysburg the Blue Jays went on 7-1 run to take a 21-12 lead. Once again, Gettysburg made it closer with run, but were in too much of a hole to get close to a comeback.

The Blue Jays never trailed in the fourth set. They scored the first four points of the final set and continued on to take an 8-1 lead. Gettysburg would get as close as four points, but the Blue Jays hit a match-best .289 in the fourth set and close the match with five of the final six points.

Ally Hirsch led the Blue Jays with 14 kills while hitting .343. Elizabeth Wuerstle had 11 kills, 12 digs and three aces. The team finished with 10 blocks and six aces.

The Blue Jays will host the Centennial Conference tournament next weekend. They will play the winner of the first round match between fourth-seeded Muhlenberg and fifth-seeded Franklin & Marshall that takes place on Wednesday.

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