Johns Hopkins stays in playoff race with win

Kristen Nuckles © 2009 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Kristen Nuckles © 2009 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Blue Jays down McDaniel 3-1 in marathon match to set up three-way, final-day battle

BALTIMORE, Md. - Allison Cappelaere recorded 16 kills and 15 digs to lead Johns Hopkins to a 3-1 win over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball action on Wednesday.

With the win, the Blue Jays () remain alive in the playoff chase, pulling within a game of the Green Terror (17-11, 5-4 CC) and Muhlenberg with one match to play. McDaniel plays host to 25th-ranked Haverford on Saturday, needing a win to assure itself a bid in the five-team tournament. The Fords need a victory to assure they will host the tournament.

The Green Terror's match along with the Gettysburg-Muhlenberg and Johns Hopkins-Ursinus matches will determine the final spot in the field.

The Blue Jays took the first set 25-15 before McDaniel evened the match at 1-all with a 25-20 victory. Johns Hopkins took the final two sets, including a marathon 34-32 victory in the third set and a 28-26 win in the fourth set.

Taylor Herrgott (Derwood, Md./Magruder) led the Green Terror attack with 12 kills while Emily Creighton (Gambrills, Md./South River) added 10. Kristen Nuckles (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk Academy) contributed 29 assists and four kills to the attack and 12 digs and four total blocks to the defense.

Katie Ferguson (Dover, Pa./Northern York) steadied the defense with 16 digs while Sarah Byron (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and Lanni Reisinger (Lemoyne, Pa./Cedar Cliff) added 11 apiece.

Match time on Saturday is 1 p.m.

Johns Hopkins def. McDaniel, 3-1 (25-15, 20-25, 34-32, 28-26)
McDaniel Leaders:
Kills: Taylor Herrgott 12, Emily Creighton 10; Assists: Kristen Nuckles 29; Aces: Lanni Reisinger 2; Digs: Katie Ferguson 16, Nuckles 12, Reisinger 11, Sarah Byron 11; Total Blocks: Herrgott 4, Nuckles 4, Sara Hanlon 4.