Red Devil Volleyball Shocks #16 Ranked Johns Hopkins

Photo by Christian Payne
Photo by Christian Payne

(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson women's volleyball team shocked #16-ranked and previously unbeaten Johns Hopkins University, turning back the Blue Jays, 3-1, on Wednesday night at the Kline Center.

The match proved to be a thriller right out of the gate as the Red Devils matched the Blue Jays point for point in the opening set. They went on an 8-0 run to pull in front 22-14 on the way to taking the first 25-18.

The second set was much of the same until Hopkins pulled in front, 18-13, but Dickinson would rally to pull even at 24-24. The Blue Jays closed out the set 26-24 to pull even.

Hopkins took an early lead in the third set but could never get any separation. The Red Devils kept the match close and made another late push, taking a 22-17 advantage. The Blue Jays hung around before the Red Devils closed out the set with kills from Elise Butler (Chester Springs, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame) and Hanna Riley (Littlestown, Pa./Littlestown) to claim the set, 25-20.

Dickinson had a strong start in the fourth, taking an early lead and building the advantage to 18-12. The Red Devils stretched the margin to 20-12 before Hopkins made a late run, pulling within one at the end.

Sophomore Jamie Singer (Livingston, N.J./Golda Och) put away a kill to end it, leading the Red Devils to a 25-23 victory.

Singer led the Red Devils with 13 kills and team-high 19 digs. Morgan Biggs (Stephenson, Va./James Wood) reached double-figures with 10 kills while Riley finished with seven and first-year Emma Lange (Jupiter, Fla./Benjamin) tallied six. Lange added five block assists and Riley had three, adding a solo on the night.

Junior Alex Berezan (Surrey, B.C./Earl Marriot Secondary) handed out 29 assists and had 18 digs to go with three kills and pair of blocks. Tatiana Lopez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Colegio Puertorriqueno de Ninas) picked up 18 digs and Jacqueline Banker (Rockaway Park, N.Y./Archbishop Malloy) chipped in with 10.

First-year Christina Chu (Hartsdale, N.Y./Ardsley) served up five aces and had nine digs.

The Blue Jays slip to 13-1 overall and 4-1 in the Centennial Conference. The Red Devils improve to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the CC. The Red Devils are on the road on Saturday, traveling to Washington College for a 1:00 pm start.