Lord Jeff Volleyball Suffers First Loss of 2008 to Wellesley

Courtesy of Wellesley Sports Information

WELLESLEY, MA - In a battle of unbeaten teams this morning at Wellesley College, the Blue overpowered Amherst College in straight sets, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20.  The win lifts the Blue to 6-0, while the Lord Jeffs drop to 5-1.

Amherst jumped out quickly in set one, taking a 12-7 lead behind strong play from libero Rachel Yorke (Los Angeles, Calif.) and setter Sara Heller (La Canada, CA).  The squads traded sideouts to 22-22, before Wellesley's Madeleine Brumley served three straight points to seal a 25-22 win.

The Blue jumped out early in set two, taking a 4-0 advantage and gradually extending the lead to 16-10.  The Jeffs made a charge, cutting the lead to two, but Wellesley held on for a 25-19 victory and a two-set lead.  

Amherst grabbed the momentum early in game three, taking a 6-2 edge in the opening rallies of the set.  But Wellesley answered with a nine-point serving run from libero Emily Peters (Temescal Valley, CA) to take a
14-8 lead.  The Blue never looked back, cruising to a 25-20 win to take the match 3-0.

Heller captained the Jeffs' offense, distributing 27 assists to her teammates.  Hannah Wirth (Pacific Palisades) notched eight kills and two blocks to lead Amherst at the net, while Cristy Meier (San Anselmo,
CA) and Claire Holton-Basaldua (San Rafael, CA) added six kills a piece.  Yorke paced the Jeffs' defense with 15 digs.

Jessica Duff led the Blue in kills with 15 and in digs with 17.  Alice Cummings added 11 kills, while middle hitter Samantha Du chipped in seven.  Setter Victoria Peng guided the Blue attack, dishing out 40 assists in the win.

Amherst bounced back to end the Wellesley Quad on a high note, sweeping Eastern Connecticut State University 25-6, 25-16, 25-17 and extending their record to 6-1 on the season.  

In the opening set, Amherst scored early and often, vaulting to a 13-4 lead on its way to a 25-6 win.  Eastern re-grouped and kept the second game closer, but the Jeffs' overpowering offense proved to be too much as they cruised to a 25-16 win.  The Warriors took an early 7-3 lead in game three, but Amherst tied the game at 11-11 and used a five-point run to take a 16-11 advantage.  The Jeffs held on for a 25-17 win.

Katherine Kanoff (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) led Amherst with 10 kills.  Cristy Meier (San Anselmo, Calif.) and Alison Munzer (Los Angeles, Calif.) added nine and eight kills, respectively, while Kate Jordan (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) tallied 20 assists in the win.  The Jeffs return to action next weekend as they kick off the NESCAC season at a quad at Bates College.