Shorewomen Drop Conference Opener To Blue Jays

Shorewomen Drop Conference Opener To Blue Jays

Lauren Bell With 10 Kills To Lead Shorewomen

CHESTERTOWN, MD – Johns Hopkins got a match-topping 13 kills from Meagan Donohoe and the Blue Jays hit .284 as a team as the visiting Blue Jays swept host Washington College, 3-0 (25-14, 25-10, 25-19), on Saturday at the Cain Athletic Center in the Centennial Conference Volleyball opener for both sides.  It was the home opener for the Shorewomen.  Hopkins is now 8-3 overall and 1-0 in conference, while Washington falls to 7-3 and 0-1 respectively.

Originally a tri-match, with Scranton as the third team, the other two matches were canceled due to Scranton's bus not arriving to pick them up.

In the first set, Washington won the first two points before Hopkins rallied to take a 7-4 lead on a Melissa Cole kill.  The Shorewomen cut it to 7-6 on an attack error by the Blue Jays, but then Hopkins went on a 16-4 run to take a 23-10 lead on Katie Schwarz service ace.  A kill by Donohoe on a pass from Mariel Metalios ended the first set.

The Blue Jays took control of the second early and jumped out to a 16-3 lead on a block by Schwarz and would eventually lead by as many as 16 points in the set, which they did on two occasions.  A kill by Carolyn Mickelson on a feed from Anne Cohen ended the second set.

In the third set, Hopkins raced out to a 12-2 lead on a Cole, but WC went on an 8-3 run to trim to cut the lead to 15-10 on a block by sophomore outside hitter Emily Hoyle (Santa Rita, Guam/Guam) and freshman middle hitter Sarah Beresik (Point Pleasant, NJ/Point Pleasant Beach).  But Hopkins would regain control of the set by scoring nine of the next 14 points to take a 24-15 lead on a kill by Ellen Rogers with Metalios chalking up the helper.  After four straight points by WC, an attack error by the hosts ended the match.

For Hopkins, Cole had 11 kills to join Donohoe in double figures for kills on the day and totaled 11 digs to record a double-double.  Metalios handed out 25 assists to lead all players, while Becky Paynter added 11 assists.  Cohen had 14 digs to lead all players in the contest.

Freshman outside hitter Lauren Bell (Center Valley, PA/Southern Lehigh) had 10 kills to lead WC and hit .308 in the match.  Sophomore setter Lauren White (Huntingtown, MD/Huntingtown) had 17 assists to lead the Shorewomen, while senior outside hitter Alyssa Forget (River Vale, NJ/Pascack Valley) had 11 digs to lead WC. 

Johns Hopkins hit .284 in the match, while Washington hit just .057.

Washington returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to Bryn Mawr in Centennial Conference action with first serve at 7:00 p.m.