McDaniel sweeps Hopkins to keep hopes alive

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Jenna Filipone (Wayne, Pa./Radnor) recorded a match-high 15 kills to lead McDaniel to a 3-0 win over Johns Hopkins in Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball action on Wednesday.

            With the 25-20, 25-17, 25-19 win, the Green Terror (12-15, 5-4 CC) kept its playoff hopes alive. Entering its match at Haverford on Saturday, McDaniel needs a win and losses by Dickinson (at Washington) and Muhlenberg (at Gettysburg) to earn a spot in the five-team field. The Blue Jays (19-6, 7-2 CC), by virtues of wins by Gettysburg on Haverford, dropped out of the tie for first place and were virtually eliminated from contention for the top seed.
            Taylor Herrgott (Derwood, Md./Magruder), who had led the Green Terror in kills in each of the team’s first 26 matches, joined Filipone in double figures with 10. Sara Hanlon (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson), who had eight kills, and Herrgott each had three total blocks.
            Kristin Nuckles (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk Academy) and Kristie Fourcade (Ijamsville, Md./St. Johns at Prospect Hall) contributed to the offense with 15 assists apiece.       
            Katie Ferguson (Dover, Pa./Northern York) led the way defensively with 17 digs. Filipone rounded out a double-double with 11 digs while Nuckles had 10.
            Amanda Lewis led the Johns Hopkins attack with 10 kills and 15 assists while Rhea Alexander steadied the defense with 20 digs.
            Match time on Saturday is 1 p.m.
McDaniel def. Johns Hopkins, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-19)
McDaniel Leaders:
Kills: Jenna Filipone 15, Taylor Herrgott 10; Assists: Kristen Nuckles 15, Kristie Fourcade 15; Service Aces: Katie Ferguson 2; Digs: Ferguson 17, Filipone 11, Nuckles 10; Blocks: Sara Hanlon 3, Herrgott 3.
Johns Hopkins Leaders:
Kills: Amanda Lewis 10; Assists: Lewis 15; Service Aces: Kristen Kozielski 1, Kim Jackanich 1; Digs: Rhea Alexander 20; Blocks: Alex Zenoff 2.