Jeffs Pick Up Pair of NESCAC Wins at Tufts Invitational

MEDFORD, MA - The Amherst College volleyball team picked up a pair of wins this weekend at the Tufts Invitational. On Friday night, Amherst got 20 kills in four games from senior tri-captain Jaclyn DeMais (Hillsdale, NJ) en route to a 3-1 victory over Hamilton College. This afternoon, the Jeffs rallied from a first game loss to win 3-1 over Middlebury. 

Playing their first conference match of the season, the Jeffs started strong with a 30-12 victory in the first game. Hamilton bounced back nicely with a 30-22 win in the second game. However, Amherst outlasted the Continentals 30-28 in the third game and took the match with a 30-22 win in the fourth. 

The Jeffs remain undefeated overall at 5-0. Junior setter Sara Heller (La Canada, CA) had a productive evening, finishing with 50 assists. The defensive leader for Amherst was senior tri-captain Julie Berkley (Fullerton, CA) with 17 digs. 

Hamilton distributed its offense, with Jo Fier leading in kills with 10 and junior Kristen Selden and first-year Jori Belkin tallying nine apiece. The digs leaders for Hamilton were junior Amber O_Connor with 17 and sophomore Michelle Fisher with 13. 

In Amherst's second match of the tournament, the Jeffs came back from a game down early to earn a 3-1 victory over Middlebury College.

The Panthers, playing their first conference match of the season, posted a 30-27 win in the first game. However, Amherst rallied to win the next three games 30-28, 30-13 and 30-24 to win the match. The Jeffs remain undefeated overall at 6-0 and in NESCAC at 2-0. Middlebury falls to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the league.

Heller continued to be the catalyst of the Amherst offense with 60 assists in the four games. Senior tri-captain Jaclyn DeMais (Hillsdale, NJ) was her favorite target and finished with 23 kills. 

DeMais was also a contributor on defense with 15 digs, a category in which first-year Rachel Yorke (Los Angeles, CA) led Amherst with 29.
 The Panthers were paced by nine kills apiece from senior co-captain Lexie Fisher and classmate Lindsay Patterson. First-year Lauren Barrett had 33 assists. On defense, both junior Reisa Bloch and Natalie DuPre were credited with 20 digs. 

Amherst returns to action at Emerson College on Tuesday at 6 p.m.