Jeffs Improve to 9-0 with Tournament Wins Over ECSU, Muhlenberg

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College senior co-captain Erin Dittus (Brentwood, TN) racked up 28 total kills and sophomore setter Annie Hoeksma (Los Angeles, CA) dished out 80 assists as the Jeffs improved to 9-0 with victories over Eastern Connecticut State and Muhlenberg College at the 12-team Amherst College Volleyball Classic on Friday night.

Amherst breezed past Eastern Connecticut 3-1 in the opener. Game scores were 30-7, 15-30, 30-25 and 30-20. Junior Lauren Wong (San Francisco, CA) bolstered the offense with 10 kills, while first-year Natalie Soud (Jacksonville, FL) added nine. Junior outside hitter Jess Allen (Chagrin Falls, OH) chipped in with eight kills, nine service aces and 15 digs.

The Jeffs then downed Muhlenberg 3-1 (30-22, 30-26, 28-30, 30-24) in the nightcap, placing a trio of players in double figures in kills. Dittus led the way with 17 putaways, followed by Soud with 12 and first-year Sara Bruggeman (Boulder, CO) with 10. Soud also tallied six aces and 11 digs, and Bruggeman added eight blocks.

The round-robin Amherst College Volleyball Classic will resume Saturday morning with matches at 10 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Amherst will take on Gordon College at 10 a.m.

Amherst College head coach Sue Everden is now just one win shy of her 400th career victory.

FRIDAY RESULTS
Amherst vs. Eastern CT = Amherst (3-0) 30-7, 15-30, 30-25, 30-20
Middlebury vs. Tufts = Middlebury (3-2) 30-17, 18-30, 26-30, 30-20, 15-12
Smith vs. Trinity = Smith (3-1) 30-24, 24-30, 30-15, 30-22
Wesleyan vs. Westfield = Wesleyan (3-0) 30-17, 30-27, 30-8

Amherst vs. Muhlenberg = Amherst (3-1) 30-22, 30-26, 28-30, 30-24
Middlebury vs. Western CT = Middlebury (3-2) 29-31, 30-24, 30-28, 24-30, 15-13
Smith vs. Gordon = Gordon (3-2) 21-30, 30-26, 26-30, 30-20, 15-10
Wesleyan vs. MIT = MIT (3-0) 30-28, 30-24, 30-16

Gordon vs. Trinity = Gordon (3-0) 30-13, 30-28, 30-16
MIT vs. Westfield = MIT (3-0) 30-13, 30-21, 30-8
Eastern CT vs. Muhlenberg = Eastern (3-1) 30-25, 30-26, 28-30, 30-28
Tufts vs. Western CT = Tufts (3-0) 30-18, 31-29, 30-11

SATURDAY SCHEDULE
Gold Medal Bracket = Court #1
Amherst vs. Gordon @ 10:00 am
MIT vs. Middlebury @ 12:00 noon

Silver Medal Bracket = Court #2
Smith vs. Eastern CT @ 10:00 am
Wesleyan vs. Tufts @ 12:00 noon

Bronze Medal Bracket = Court #3
Trinity vs. Muhlenberg @ 10:00 am
Westfield State vs. Western CT @ 12:00 noon