AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College volleyball team played host to Westfield State College for the second time this season, as the Lord Jeffs defeated the Owls Sept. 21 in the annual Amherst Classic by a score of 3-0. Tuesday night featured much of the same, as Amherst improved to 17-1 (4-0 NESCAC) with the 3-0 victory. Westfield State fell to 8-9 with the loss.
Westfield State hung with Amherst in the first game until the Jeffs broke a 10-10 tie by outscoring the Owls 7-1 to take a 17-11 lead. Amherst hung on for the 30-20 victory, which was capped off by a kill from first-year Laura Hyman (Glencoe, IL).
The second game remained close until the Jeffs went on one of their classic scoring sprees, as they jumped out to a 24-11 lead that caused Westfield State to call a timeout. Amherst did not lose its momentum during the short break, and went on to earn a 30-14 win, this time with junior Alison Munzer (Los Angeles, CA) driving home the final point.
After a Westfield State service error opened the third game, Amherst rattled off six more points before handing the ball back to the Owls. Before the visitors knew what hit them, they found themselves trailing 10-1 while huddled in a timeout. The Jeffs led by as many as 19 points in the game, and cruised to a 30-11 win to seal the match.
Senior tri-captain Jaclyn DeMais (Hillsdale, NJ) led all players with 13 kills and added 11 digs, while fellow tri-captain Julie Berkley (Fullerton, CA) added 11 digs of her own to go along with three service aces. Junior Claire Holton-Basaldua (San Rafael, CA) and Munzer were also dominant on the attack, finishing with nine kills and eight kills for impressive hitting percentages of .471 and .583, respectively.
Junior Sara Heller (La Canada, CA) had 21 assists on the night, while first-year Katherine Jordan (Los Altos Hills, CA) chipped in with 19. First-year Erin Camp (Encino, CA) totaled eight digs and three service aces, while Amherst combined for 13 total blocks as a team.
Sophomore Stephanie Bartkus led Westfield State with seven kills and seven digs. Senior co-captains Elissa Genereux and Krista Grifoni finished the night with 18 assists and 12 digs, respectively, while sophomore Caitlin Kirby added seven digs.
The Lord Jeffs return to action Friday for a crucial NESCAC match with Wesleyan University. Wesleyan handed Amherst its only loss of the season Sept. 28 when the Cardinals earned a 3-2 non-conference win at home. Friday's match is set for 8 p.m.