Baltimore, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland volleyball team suffered a 3-0 setback at the hands of undefeated Johns Hopkins University Tuesday night in non-conference action. The Seahawks (1-3) struggled offensively in the first two sets, managing only 12 total kills as JHU (5-0) claimed the first set, 25-11, and the second, 25-19.
However, St. Mary's came alive in the third set and the teams were neck-in-neck the entire time. The Seahawks pretty much held the lead the whole way, including a 14-10 advantage at one point. Senior middle blocker Gena Hlavinka (Gaithersburg, Md./T.S. Wootton) tied the set at 25-25 with a block before three Seahawk errors sealed the win for Hopkins at 28-26. St. Mary's posted a hitting percentage of .380 in the final set.
Hlavinka and junior outside hitter Cecilia Blanc (Gaithersburg, Md./Poolesville) each tallied seven kills to pace the St. Mary's offense while sophomore middle blocker Michelle Klima (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) and junior right-side hitter Shelby Mullennix (California, Md./Leonardtown) added six and five kills, respectively.
Sophomore setter Rachel Wilson (Damascus, Md./Damascus) dished out a career-best 17 assists.
The Seahawks will be back in action this weekend at the Muhlenberg College Buttermaker Tournament. On Friday, September 9, St. Mary's will face Moravian College at 3:00 pm and Neumann University at 7:00 pm. Their opponent on Saturday will be determined by Friday's results.