Amherst Cruises to 3-0 Win Over Trinity on Senior Night

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College volleyball team avenged a 3-2 non-conference loss to Trinity College by cruising to a 3-0 NESCAC victory over the Bantams on Senior Night in LeFrak Gymnasium. The Lord Jeffs move to 19-6 overall and 7-1 in the conference, while the Bantams fall to 13-11 (2-7 NESCAC).

Wednesday night marked the final regular season home match for Amherst seniors Sara Heller (La Canada, CA), Claire Holton-Basaldua (San Rafael, CA), Alison Munzer (Beverly Hills, CA) and Hannah Wirth (Pacific Palisades, CA). In the past four years, the Amherst Volleyball Class of 2009 has posted a combined record of 94-26, including a 38-10 mark at home. 

Amherst jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first set en route to a 25-11 win, with sophomore Laura Hyman (Glencoe, IL) and first-year Katherine Kanoff (Pacific Palisades, CA) each recording four kills and Munzer adding three of her own. The Jeffs took an early lead again in the second frame before Munzer put her team ahead 19-8 and forced Trinity to call a timeout, as Amherst earned a 25-14 win in the second set. 

The final set was much more competitive, as Amherst did not pull away until late. Leading 17-16, the Jeffs went on a six-point run, with a Wirth unassisted kill resulting in another Bantam timeout at 20-16. Trinity could not battle back, and the hosts wrapped up the match with a 25-18 victory. 

Munzer entered the match averaging a career-high 2.13 kills per set, but she led all players Wednesday night with 12 kills for an impressive .478 hitting percentage. Holton-Basaldua added four kills, while Wirth had seven kills and two block assists. 

Setting up her fellow senior quad-captains all night was Heller, who finished 36 assists, three service aces, seven digs and a block assist in what was a classic performance from the 2007 All-NESCAC Second Team selection. 

Kanoff had 10 kills and 10 digs, Hyman had six kills in only seven attempts (.857), sophomore Erin Camp (Santa Monica, CA) added 10 digs, and junior Bethany Belisle (Austin, TX) and sophomore Rachel Yorke (Los Angeles, CA) each had eight digs. 

With just two conference games remaining, Amherst can finish as high as No. 1 and as low as No. 4 in the standings, with the NESCAC Championship set to begin Friday, Nov. 7 at the top seed. 

The Lord Jeffs return to action Friday, Oct. 31 when they head to Wesleyan University to take on Connecticut College in an 8 p.m. NESCAC match. Amherst will then face Wesleyan Saturday, Nov. 1 at noon in the regular season finale.