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JHU tops Dickinson 3-1 with balanced attack

Ally Hirsch led Johns Hopkins with 11 kills against Dickinson.

Ally Hirsch led Johns Hopkins with 11 kills against Dickinson.

Out-hitting Dickinson in ever set and more than doubling their kills, the John Hopkins volleyball team remained unbeaten through seven Centennial Conference games with a 3-1 victory over the Red Devils on Wednesday night.

The Blue Jays had three players with double-digit kills, let by Ally Hirsch with 11 while Sasha Gorelik had 10 with a team-best .474 hitting percentage. Louisia Kishton also had 10 kills. JHU out-killed Dickinson 47-28 on their way to a 25-16, 25-12, 25-27, 25-14 win.

JHU’s first set was their most dominant as they hit .424. Gorelik had five kills in the first, Hirsch had four. They out-killed the Red Devils 17-9 in the opening set. The teams exchanged the first six points of the match but the Blue Jays completely pulled away with a 7-1 run with six of the points coming off their own kills to take a 10-4 lead.

A kill by Hirsch gave the Mustangs a double-digit lead at 19-9. They couldn’t put together a run to end the match, having to instead exchange the final 11 points of the set to get the victory. JHU’s final two points were kills by Hirsch.

But with the dominant first-set victory, the Blue Jays had momentum going into the second set and jumped out to a 5-1 victory. JHU’s defense limited Dickinson to only four kills in the second set while holding them to only 12 points.

The Blue Jays extended their strong start out to a 15-5 lead. Dickinson’s best stretch game right after that, and that was only a 4-1 run and they still trailed 16-9.

JHU finished the set with a 7-1 run. They scored six-straight points to take a 24-11 lead. An attack error helped Dickinson saved one set point but they gave it right back with a service error to put JHU ahead 2-0 on sets.

The momentum did not carry into the third set as the Blue Jays struggled to maintain their dominant hitting. The Blue Jays committed 10 errors with only nine kills, hitting a -.026.

JHU fell behind 4-2 early. They eventually used a 6-1 run to take a 10-6 lead, but the errors, even despite Dickinson hitting -.029 with seven errors and only six kills, would not let the Blue Jays pull away.

JHU had match point after Michelle Abt smacked a kill, but a Dickinson block re-tied the match. The Red Devils followed with an ace and an attack error by Sarah Elonzahy prevented the sweep as the Red Devils stole the set.

But they quickly snapped out of the set three funk and had 10 kills and only three errors as they blew away the fourth set for the win.

JHU used an 11-1 run to take a 17-7 lead. There was no coming back for Dickinson. JHU finished the match with a kill by Gorelik and a block she assisted for the final two points.

The Blue Jays will play three road matches before returning home for two final home matches to end their regular season. They will return home on Oct. 27 for a clash against local non-conference rival Stevenson.

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