BALTIMORE, Md. — The Washington and Lee volleyball team was held to a .049 hitting percentage in a 3-0 loss at 23rd-ranked Johns Hopkins on Friday at Goldfarb Gym.
The Generals (14-3) totaled just 23 kills and 18 errors on 102 attempts to reach their hitting percentage. The Blue Jays (15-2) notched 35 kills and only nine errors on 103 attempts for a .252 hitting percentage.
JHU tallied eight of the first nine points of the match to grab an 8-1 lead in the opening set. Trailing 13-8 later in the stanza, the Blue and White went on a 9-6 run to trim the deficit to 19-17. The Blue Jays responded with five straight points to extend the advantage to 24-17, eventually taking the set, 25-19.
The two squads went back and forth throughout the second with the score tied, 22-22, late in the set. Following a W&L service error, JHU took a 24-22 lead after a kill by first-year outside hitter Simone Bliss. Sophomore outside hitter Ashleigh Meade (Bristow, Va./Patriot) pulled the Generals to within one, 24-23, with a kill, but the Blue Jays blocked Meade's next attempt to claim the second, 25-23.
Johns Hopkins held an 8-7 edge in the third, but strung together five consecutive points to stretch the margin to 13-7. W&L closed to within four, 20-16, but the Blue Jays tallied the final five points of the match to win the set, 25-16.
Junior outside hitter Meg Guignon (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) totaled a match-high 15 digs and added six kills. Sophomore setter Mollie Ray (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) had 10 digs and nine assists. Senior setter Elena West (Roanoke, Va./Northside) registered 10 assists and five digs.
Bliss tallied a match-high 11 kills to lead Johns Hopkins. Sophomore outside hitter Louisa Kishton recorded seven kills on a .300 hitting percentage and chipped in 12 digs.
The Generals return to action on Saturday for a tri-match at Stevenson. W&L takes on the Mustangs at 12:00 pm and then plays a neutral-site match against 12th-ranked Juniata at 2:00 pm.
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