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Bullets Battle Top-Ranked Blue Jays in Four Sets

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Game Recap: Volleyball | 10/6/2021 11:39:00 PM

 The Gettysburg College volleyball team did its best to spoilt top-ranked Johns Hopkins University’s bid for its 50th win in a row, but the Blue Jays survived an opening-set loss and held on for a 3-1 decision over the Bullets in a Centennial Conference match up inside Bream Gym Wednesday night.            


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Gettysburg’s Top Performers

  • Zanze Kuba-McCoy ’23 (Somerville, N.J./Somerville): 14 Kills, 16 Digs
  • Kat Wilt ’23 (Madison, N.J./Madison): 12 Kills
  • Kylie Ulrich ’24 (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield): 10 Kills
  • Chelsea O’Leary ’24 (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley): 18 Digs
  • Sarah Ellis ’22 (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area): 22 Assists, 7 Digs
  • Ingrid Bayer ’22 (Falls Church, Va./Bishop O’Connell): 5 Blocks

Johns Hopkins’ Top Performers

  • Danielle Norman: 18 Kills
  • Sydney Portale: 15 Kills, 3 Blocks
  • Elayna Williams: 13 Kills
  • Natalie Aston: 54 Assists, 3 Kills, 6 Digs, 5 Blocks
  • Evelyn Batista: 18 Kills

Match Summary

  • First Set: Johns Hopkins had win No. 50 on its mind as it broke out to a quick 3-0 lead. Gettysburg, however, had different plans with a three-point spurt of its own, forcing the first of 10 ties in the opening set. The Bullets rolled out to a 10-5 lead highlighted by back-to-back blocks, including a solo stuff by Bayer on an attempt by Lauren Anthony. The Blue Jays mounted a 10-3 run to retake the lead 15-12 on a block by Aston and Eleni Panagopoulos. Gettysburg forced four more ties before Johns Hopkins started to sneak away, eventually jumping in front 23-21 on a block by Aston and Anthony. A kill by Kuba-McCoy was followed by back-to-back hitting errors by the visitors. The Bullets closed the first-set win with an emphatic block by Kuba-McCoy and sophomore Olivia Biggs (Winchester, Va./James Wood).
  • Second Set: Johns Hopkins rebounded in a big way in the second contest, knocking down 17 kills and hitting .359 as a team. The Blue Jays led throughout and took a double-figure lead at 21-11 on a block by Anthony and Williams. Norman polished off the win with a kill on a feed from Aston.
  • Third Set: The visitors led for the entirety of the third set, but Gettysburg mounted some momentum late in the contest that would carry over to the finale. Johns Hopkins led by as many as eight before the Bullets started to chip away, eventually pulling to within four at 22-18. A kill by Portale and attack error by the Bullets set up set point, which was claimed on a kill by Williams.
  • Fourth Set: Despite trailing by seven points early in the contest, Gettysburg stormed back, tying the contest at 17-17 following back-to-back hitting errors by the Blue Jays. A three-point run put Johns Hopkins back in control, but the Bullets refused to go down quietly, slicing the deficit down to one twice, including at 22-21 following a kill by Wilt. Portale accounted for two of the next three points for Johns Hopkins to close the match.

By the Numbers

  • Johns Hopkins finished with more kills (57-46) and blocks (10-7).
  • Gettysburg ended Johns Hopkins’ 21-set winning streak. The Blue Jays had not dropped a set since the opening contest against Susquehanna University on Sept. 17.
  • Kuba-McCoy recorded her 10th double-double and her 13th match with 10 or more kills.
  • Wilt posted the second-highest kill total in her career. The junior tallied 16 kills in a five-set win over Rowan at the Battlefield Classic on Sept. 4.
  • Johns Hopkins is just the seventh team in NCAA history to win 50 matches in a row. The Blue Jays are the fourth Division III team to establish a 50-match winning streak and the first since Central (Iowa) 21 years ago. Johns Hopkins won the Division III title with a perfect 35-0 record in 2019.

Where the Series Stands Now
Gettysburg holds a 29-18 lead over Johns Hopkins in the all-time series. The Blue Jays have won the last 12 meetings.

Looking Ahead
Gettysburg hosts Muhlenberg College this Saturday at 1 p.m.

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