Amherst Defeats Bates to Earn NESCAC Tournament Hosting Rights

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College volleyball team will host the upcoming NESCAC Championship Tournament thanks to a 3-0 win over Bates College to conclude the regular season. The Lord Jeffs will enter the tournament with a 25-3 overall record and 9-1 mark in conference play, while the Bobcats move to 7-23 (0-9 NESCAC) and will wrap up their season Sunday.

After earning a convincing 30-10 win in the first game, Amherst used an early 10-point run to cruise to a 30-17 victory in game two. Bates jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third game, but the Jeffs got back on track and pulled off another 30-17 win to end the match.

First-year Jackie Berkley (Fullerton, CA), junior Alison Munzer (Los Angeles, CA) and senior tri-captain Whitney Kouvaris (Jacksonville, FL) each had nine kills to lead the Amherst attack, while junior Hannah Wirth (Pacific Palisades, CA) chipped in with seven kills in only eight attempts. Junior Sara Heller (La Canada, CA) added another 32 assists to her season total and picked up six digs.

Senior tri-captain Julie Berkley (Fullerton, CA) and first-year Rachel Yorke (Los Angeles, CA) each had five service aces and led the Jeffs with 10 and 15 digs, respectively.

Amherst had never received better than a No. 3 seed in the NESCAC tournament, but this year will host the three-day event as the No. 1 seed. The Jeffs will return to action in the quarterfinal round with a 6 p.m. match against the No. 8 seed, which will be determined this weekend.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Saturday at noon to conclude the regular season with a match against Bates College.