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Yellow Jackets snap JHU’s winning streak

Kristi Rhead took over at settle and her 43 assists were the most by a Blue Jay in a four set match this year.

Kristi Rhead took over at settle and her 43 assists were the most by a Blue Jay in a four set match this year.

During Johns Hopkins’ six-match winning streak on the volleyball court Kristie Rhead had not really been lining up as the Blue Jays’ setter and running the offense – outside a reserve settle stint in a blowout against Washington College – but on Friday night against Randolph-Macon her move to full-time setter didn’t pay off immediately with a victory.

Rhead led the Blue Jays with 43 assists with 11 digs while they were without typical setter Sarah Elnozahy, but the team was out-hit by the Yellow Jackets in a four-set loss – 21-25, 25-21, 25-19, 27-25.

Elizabeth Wuerstle led the match with 17 kills to go with 10 digs for the double-double and she was big helping the Blue Jays win the opening set. She and Erica Johnson each served aces in the opening set and smacked six and five kills, respectively. Randolph-Macon tied the first set five times, but Wuerstle’s effort never allowed them to take the lead as the Blue Jays held off their late rally to win the opening set for JHU.

However, that wouldn’t be the case the next three sets.

Randolph-Macon and JHU tied 14 times in the second set, but a 6-2 run at the end by the Yellow Jackets helped them tie the match at 1-1.

The third set was when JHU struggled the most with a hitting percentage of just 0.083. Rhead was distributing the ball well, assisting all 10 kills in the set, but Randolph-Macon had a key six-point run that helped them gain a 15-10 lead before pulling away to take the set lead.

In the final set the Blue Jays saved match point three times to tie the score at 24-24. A block by Sasha Gorelik and Louisia Kishton gave JHU the late lead. However, Randolph-Macon scored three points in a row to take the set and match.

Rhead’s 43 assists were the most by a JHU setter in a four-set match this season, but the Blue Jays still were unable to hit consistently enough to get the victory.

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