Volleyball: Johns Hopkins makes deepest NCAA tournament run in program's history

Blue Jays advance to round of 16 before being eliminated by Swarthmore

Natalie Aston sets the ball near the net

Image caption: Johns Hopkins freshman Natalie Aston tallied 49 assists in a third-round loss against Swarthmore.

The Johns Hopkins volleyball team advanced to the NCAA round of 16 for the first time in the program's history over the weekend, then saw its season come to an end in a thrilling five-set match against Centennial Conference rival Swarthmore.

The Blue Jays (26-4) knocked off Kean in three sets in its NCAA tournament opener, then upset host Stevenson in four sets in Saturday's second round.

On Sunday against the Garnet, Hopkins dropped the first set 31-29, rallied to take a two-sets-to-one lead, then dropped the final two sets; the set scores were 31-29, 21-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-10.

JHU, which defeated Swarthmore twice during the regular season, jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the final set, but the Garnet reeled off an 8-0 run to take control.

Freshmen Natalie Aston and Simone Bliss were named to the all-tournament team for Hopkins.

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