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JHU to play Chris. Newport in NCAA 1st round


Winners of the 2016 Centennial Conference Volleyball Championship, the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays earned the league’s automatic qualifier into the 2016 NCAA Division III Tournment and will face Christopher Newport in the first round. The match will take place on Friday, November 11 at 12:30 pm at Mary Washington. Johns Hopkins played the Captains earlier this season. They fell at Christopher Newport, 3-1 in October.

The Blue Jays are at a much different place heading into this game, though. The Blue Jays lost two games heading into their mid-October clash. This time they are winners of three-straight and seven of their last eight as they prepare to play the N0. 24 team in the country.

Johns Hopkins, which went perfect in conference play this season, rallied back from two sets down I the Centennial Finals to beat second-seeded Swarthmore on Sunday. The Captains are 25-9 but are coming off a being swept by Mary Washington in the Capital Athletic Conference finals.

Under head coach Tim Cole, Johns Hopkins is making their second NCAA Tournament appearance. He previously took them to the tournament in 2013. The team went to the NCAA Tournament each of the two prior seasons as well but will be seeking their first NCAA Tournament victory on Friday.

The Blue Jays are certainly NCAA Tournament tested this season, having placed eight teams selected into the postseason already. As well as the Captains, the Blue Jays have also played Montclair State, Carnegie Mellon, Susquehanna, Easter, Randolph Macon, Juniata and Stevenson. The latter three are all in the Mary Washington pod. Should the Blue Jays advance past Christopher Newport they would play the winner of the Juniata vs. Meredith match on Saturday. The third round is on Sunday.

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