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JHU falls to Juniata in NCAA 2nd Round


They couldn’t avenge another regular-season loss in the the second round of the NCAA Tournament. After winning the rematch against Christopher Newport in the first round for their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, the Johns Hopkins volleyball team fell to Juniata for a second time this season in the second round. The Blue Jays season end with a 3-1 loss in the second round of the tournament, 26-24, 21-25, 25-15, 25-21.

Elizabeth Wuerstle led the Blue Jays with 18 kills while Kristi Rhead added eight kills with a team-best .438 hitting, but the team struggled against the Eagles defense that had 69 digs in the match. The Blue Jays were held to just .207 hitting as a team and were out-killed 61-44 in the match.

JHU had the early advantage in the match and took a 10-4 lead in the opening set. But Juniata wouldn’t just let the Blue Jays run away with the set. Juniata out-paced the Blue Jays to the near-end of the set to get within one point at 22-21. Two Juniata errors did set the Blue Jays up for set point, but they couldn’t get it. Instead, the Eagles earned five-straight points to win the set.

It would make sense that after blocing that sort of opportunity to win the first set that the Blue Jays would sink in the second set. They didn’t, though. JHU continued to perform strong and out-paced the Eagles in the second set. Neither team could string together many series of points, but JHU took as much as a 19-15 lead.

Juniata still showed their incredible power before the set ended. They scored four-straight points to tie the match at 19-19 and worked their way to a 22-21 lead with an ace by Shaina Robinett. JHU wouldn’t let this one slip away, though. They Eagles gave the Blue Jays two points off attack errors and Erica Johnston evened the match by taking the set with an ace.

That bit of success carried through to the third set as JHU scored the first five points. That would be the extend of their success carrying through, however. Juniata out-hit the Blue Jays .375 to .062 in the third set and pulled away for a victory. They responded to the Blue Jays five-straight points to open the set with seven-straight points of their own to take a lead they would never let go of.

The Blue Jays got back within one point at 12-11, but the Eagles stormed right back with seven-straight points to get ahead 19-11. JHU scored three points in a row in response, but only one more point after. Juniata finished the set on a 6-1 run.

JHU had a much better hitting performance in the fourth set, but Juniata still hit incredible well, smacking 19 kills and out-hitting the Blue Jays .333 to .222.

Juniata never trailed in the fifth set. It was three times early and latest at 6-6. The Eagles created the space they needed with seven-straight points to take a 13-6 lead. They out-paced the Blue Jays to the set and match win.

The Blue Jays complete their seasn with a 20-9 record.

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