Blue Jays Advance; Diplomats Stopped

Johns Hopkins swept into the NCAA second round.
Johns Hopkins swept into the NCAA second round.

Post Match Interview

The Basics
• Score: Johns Hopkins - 3 , Eastern – 0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-20)
• Records: JHU (22-7) • Eastern (25-7)
• Location: Babson Park, MA • Staake Gym
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins volleyball team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 victory over Eastern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Babson College.

How it Happened
The Blue Jays opened up a 12-4 lead thanks to a 6-0 run on the serve of Eleni PanagopoulosLouisa Kishtonaccounted for half of the points for Hopkins during the run as the junior registered three kills.
• The Eagles used a 3-0 run to pull to within six at 18-12, but the Blue Jays responded with a 3-0 run of their own to take a 21-12 advantage.
• A kill from Kishton gave the Blue Jays match point at 24-16 but Eastern got a kill from Caroline Shelby to stay in the match. With Cecilia Bauer serving, Nicole Hada placed a set to Michelle Abt who registered the kill for set point.

 Eastern pulled ahead 5-1 in set two but a 5-0 run from Hopkins, capped by an Abt ace, tied the match at six.
• With the match tied at seven, the Blue Jays went on a 5-0 run featuring two kills from Panagopoulos, who also registered a block assist during the run, to take a 12-7 lead.
• A 3-1 run from the Eagles brought them to within four points at 15-11, but Johns Hopkins continued to hold onto the lead.
• JHU scored four of the sets final five points capped by a Hada service ace to take a 25-17 set two victory.

Hopkins went up 12-7 in the set but Eastern used a 6-0 run to take a 13-12 lead.
• JHU regained the lead with a 4-1 run with two more kills from Panagopoulos to take a 17-15 lead. Eastern scored the next two points to tie the match, however, Hopkins scored seven of the next eight points to get to match point at 24-18.
• Eastern scored two-straight points to hold off set point, but an attacking error by the Eagles gave the Blue Jays the 25-20 set victory has Hopkins completed the sweep.
What it Means
• The Blue Jays have advanced past the first round of the NCAA in three straight seasons as Hopkins is now 4-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. Johns Hopkins is now 3-3 in first round games in the tournament.
• This is the second straight season the Blue Jays have earned a 3-0 victory in the opening round of the tournament as Hopkins defeated Kean (NJ) in three sets last year.
• This was the third meeting this season between JHU and Eastern and Hopkins won two of the three meetings. The Blue Jays improve to 1-1 against the Eagles in the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles still hold a 9-4 edge in the all-time series.

Inside the Box Score
• Panagopoulos led all players with 15 kills while Kishton added 12.
• Abt finished the match with seven kills, eight digs and three aces while Hada had a match-high 37 assists and led Hopkins with four aces.
• Shelby led Eastern with eight kills while Morgan Kline added 21 assists.
• Hopkins outhit Eastern .309 to .111.

Up Next
• The Blue Jays will play #23 Bowdoin tomorrow at 2:30 pm in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. JHU has never faced the Polar Bears.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team fell by a 3-0 (25-20, 28-26, 25-22) tally in a hard-fought contest against SUNY New Paltz in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday evening.

The Diplomats ended the year with a 23-8 overall record while the Hawks will continue to tomorrow's Second Round with a 27-8 mark. 

Three-straight kills from Allison Franke helped F&M to a 4-3 lead to start the match. New Paltz responded with a run to take back the lead, but back-to-back kills from Grace Maggiore evened the contest at 15-15. A Barbara Kapustin kill gave the Diplomats the 19-18 edge, but the Hawks finished out the first set with a 7-1 run to take the frame. 

F&M came out with the momentum in the second set as a kill from Grace Polisano kept the lead at 11-7 in the Diplomats' favor. The Hawks were able to counter to take the lead at 22-20, but F&M battled back with a Polisano kill evening the set at 24-24. A Casey Morrow kill gave the Diplomats a set point at 26-25, but New Paltz was able to win the second frame by a 28-26 tally. 

A Franke kill kept F&M in the final set at 6-6. Kapustin notched a kill to spark a 4-0 run that capped off with a Carly Ostrowski ace to help the Diplomats to a 12-11 lead. Back-to-back kills from Franke increased the deficit to four at 19-15, but the Hawks took back the momentum to take the match with a 25-22 score.

Kapustin led the offense with 15 kills, followed by Franke with 12. Maggiore tallied a double-double of 34 assists and 11 digs.

Tonight's loss ends F&M's 2018-19 campaign, which saw the squad's first NCAA appearance since 2014 and 11th-straight Centennial Conference (CC) playoff berth.