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JHU earn first-ever NCAA Tournament win

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Maybe Christopher Newport got the best of the Johns Hopkins volleyball team during the regular season, but in the NCAA Tournament the Blue Jays avenged their loss with a 3-1 victory. The win marked the first-time the Blue Jays have ever won an NCAA Tournament match as they advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 25-21, 25-23, 24-26, 25-16 victory. JHU will face Juniata on Saturday at 2:30 pm at Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.

The Blue Jays defense prevented the Captains from ever hitting their stride on offense. JHU held Christopher Newport to just .083 hitting while totaling 57 digs and 13 blocks. The Captains committed 32 attacking errors and 13 service errors.

JHU jumped out to a 5-1 lead right away and worked up to a seven-point lead at 15-8. Christopher Newport cut the lead down to just one point in the opening set, but the Blue Jays held on to take the first set. The final run featured a pair of kills by Elizabeth Wuerstle and an ace by Louisa Kishton. Wuerstle had six kills in the first set before finishing the match with a team-best 16. She also led JHU hitting .333 with only attacking errors.

The second set was a close battle to start with the Captains gaining a 12-9 lead, the largest of the tight set. JHU called a timeout after falling behind by three points and responded with five-straight points to get ahead 14-12. There were 12 ties in the seconf set by a kill by Sasha Gorelik capped things off for the set win.

The close contests continued into the third set, where Christopher Newport needed an extra point to avoid a sweep. JHU had a four-point lead three different times in the set but they could not hold on for the set win. Christopher Newport had their best defensive effort in the third set, holding the Blue Jays to a match-low .175 hitting in the set with 17 digs.

But JHU was able to power past the Captains in the fourth set to earn the victory. They got out to a roaring start and led by nine points at 22-13. Christopher Newport never strung more than two points in a row together and hit -.029. JHU had five total blocks in the set as they secured the set win.

Blue Jays setter Sarah Elnozahy finished the match with a 30-assist, 10-dig double-double. Gorelik had six assisted blocks and two solo blocks in the match.

JHU will have another opportunity to avenge a regular-season loss when they take on Juniata in the second round. The Eagles beat the Blue Jays 3-0 in October. The Landmark Conference Champions advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 victory over Meredith.

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