Amherst Rolls Past Emerson at Home, 3-0

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College volleyball team continued to roll with a 3-0 non-conference victory over visiting Emerson College at LeFrak Gymnasium. The Lord Jeffs move to 4-0 on the season and will return to action Friday, Sept. 12 when they kick off the Wellesley Invitational with a 7:30 p.m. non-conference match against Middlebury College.

After falling into an early hole in the first set, Amherst jumped ahead, 4-3, and never relinquished its lead. Senior quad-captain Claire Holton-Basaldua (San Rafael, CA) had a strong opening set, picking up four kills to lead the Lord Jeffs to a 25-13 win. 

The first point of the second set proved to be the most exciting point of the match, with first-year Katherine Kanoff (Pacific Palisades, CA) driving home a kill after a long rally to give Amherst a 1-0 advantage. Sophomore Erin Camp (Santa Monica, CA) was on point from behind the service line, as her fifth ace of the match forced Emerson to call a timeout with the Jeffs leading, 9-3. 

The Lions responded with a 9-5 run to cut their deficit to two points, but the Jeffs did what they do best and pulled ahead to earn a convincing 25-16 victory. Kanoff and fellow first-year Cristy Meier (San Anselmo, CA) shined in the second set, leading Amherst with six kills and five kills, respectively. 

Emerson got off to a strong start in the third set but once again could not hang on, as the Jeffs closed out the match with a 25-18 win to mark their fourth consecutive 3-0 final. With the loss, the Lions fall to an even 2-2.

Kanoff finished the night with eight kills and 10 digs, while Meier had a team-high nine kills on only 19 attempts to go along with her five total blocks. Holton-Basaldua hit at a .545 clip by driving home six kills in only 11 attempts with no errors, fellow quad-captain Sara Heller (La Canada, CA) had 18 assists, and sophomores Camp and Rachel Yorke (Los Angeles, CA) chalked up eight service aces and a team-high 12 digs, respectively. 

For the Lions, sophomore Lauren Zaniboni and junior Erin Connolly led the attack with seven kills and five kills, respectively, with sophomore Jilisa Rawding racking up 16 assists. Sophomore libero Sara Rutan and Connolly had 15 digs and 11 digs, respectively, while Connolly and Zaniboni each had three block assists.