Jeffs Edge Middlebury in Semifinals, Fall to Pomona-Pitzer in Amherst Classic Championship

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College volleyball team endured a pair of grueling five-game matches at the Amherst Classic on Saturday, edging conference rival Middlebury College 27-30, 30-18, 30-17, 26-30, 15-7, in the semifinals, but suffered its first loss of the season to Pomona-Pitzer in the championship, 21-30, 37-35, 26-30, 30-27, 16-14. Rookie Jaclyn DeMais (Hillsdale, NJ) tallied a combined 34 kills and 28 digs, while sophomore Kristin Quinn (Los Angeles, CA) had 27 kills and 12 blocks and senior Annie Hoeksma (Los Angeles, CA) dished out 79 assists. The Jeffs moved to 11-1 overall, while Middlebury fell to 10-3 and Pomona-Pitzer improved to 9-5.

Quinn led the way against the Panthers with 14 kills and four blocks. DeMais and junior Sarah Bruggeman (Boulder, CO) posted 12 and 10 kills, respectively, and DeMais tallied seven aces as well. Junior Kate Raddock (Stamford, CT) and rookie Julie Berkley (Fullerton, CA) paced the defense with 16 and 14 digs, respectively.

DeMais erupted for 22 kills, 20 digs and four blocks against Pomona-Pitzer, and Raddock was similarly impressive with 15 kills and 22 digs. Quinn racked up 13 kills and eight blocks, while Berkley had 21 digs.

Amherst returns to action Friday and Saturday at the Wesleyan Invitational.