BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Marymount University women's volleyball team went toe-to-toe with the No.1-ranked Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday evening, but the Blue Jays proved to be too much to overcome on the road.
Marymount (4-5) stuck with the high-flying Blue Jays (7-0) throughout the contest, but Johns Hopkins' 10 service aces loomed large, as the home side's strong service flustered the Saints.
MU's offense was carried by junior Kaitlyn Doyle, who finished with double-digit kills for the third consecutive match. The Hernando, Mississippi, native floored a match-high 11 kills and swung at an impressive .364 clip against the top-ranked Blue Jays. She added two digs and an ace to round out her stat-line.
After the Saints fell in the first set, they looked to equalize the match at 1-1 in the second frame. Marymount floored 12 kills and hit .313 as a team, but Johns Hopkins responded with 16 kills and a .375 attack percentage. Marymount used an early 4-0 run to take a 7-4 lead on the heels of a kill from Doyle. The Blue Jays eventually seized a 20-15 advantage, but MU battled back and pulled within two at 23-21 after a kill from Shelton. The Saints fended off one set-point chance from Johns Hopkins with a kill from Maya Harris, but the Blue Jays took the next point to seal the set.
The Blue Jays jumped out to an early lead in the final set, but the Blue and White battled back into the set. Behind the service of Garbalosa, the Saints pieced together a five-point run that made the score 18-14. A kill from Elizabeth Price and a miscue from the Blue Jays cut Johns Hopkins lead to one at 20-19. Marymount was unable to seize the momentum, however, as Johns Hopkins held on to take the set and the match.
Marymount returns to Converse Family Fieldhouse on Wednesday, September 22, to start a three-match homestand against Gettysburg College. The match against the Bullets is set for a 7:00 p.m. start.