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AMHERST, Mass. – Kristin Keeno '13 (Honolulu, Hawaii) had 38 digs and Cristy Meier '12 (San Anselmo, Calif.) led all players with 17 kills in only 35 attempts, as the Amherst College volleyball team improved to 11-3 with a 3-1 win over Western New England University Wednesday evening in LeFrak Gymnasium.
The Lord Jeffs (11-3) won the first, second and fourth sets by scores of 25-12, 25-18 and 25-12, with the Golden Bears (7-9) earning a 25-22 victory in the third frame.
Amherst broke a 5-5 tie in the first set by going on a five-point run, and the Jeffs would gradually pull away before Lauren Antion '15 (Los Angeles, Calif.) recorded a solo block for the clinching point.
The turning point of the second set came when the hosts took a 20-13 lead after a 4-0 run that was capped off by a kill from Claire Hoffman '14 (Spokane, Wash.). The Golden Bears would get to within five points at 23-18, but Amherst got the next two and closed out the set on a Keeno service ace.
Western New England capitalized on four consecutive Amherst errors to take a 6-2 lead early in the third set. The Jeffs came back to tie things up at 11-11 and would soon hold a 13-12 lead, but the visitors pushed right back and led 17-16 after a service ace by Grace Kucharski '15. Amherst tied the set at 17-17 and again at 19-19, but a 4-0 Western New England run was capped off by a kill from Kasey Cameron '15. The Jeffs pulled to within two points, only to have Ashley McMullen '14 close out the 25-22 win with a drop shot.
The fourth set belonged to the Jeffs, who opened with a 6-1 run and scored eight of the final nine points. Meier saved her best for last, recording seven kills on only 12 attempts in the final frame. The Amherst senior captain did not record a single hitting error on the night, hitting at a .486 clip to lead the offense.
KC Kanoff '12 (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) added 11 kills for Amherst, with Callie Neilson '13 (Escondido, Calif.) dishing out 46 of the team's assists. Keeno had three service aces to go along with her 38 digs, while Neilson and Devin Pence '14 (Los Angeles, Calif.) combined for 25 digs. Abigail Hunter '13 (Kentfield, Calif.) and Meghan McCafferty '14 (Tyngsboro, Mass.) contributed to the defensive effort with three total blocks apiece.
Cameron led the Golden Bears with 11 kills and Tyler Singh '14 added six of her own. Val Smith '15 recorded 13 assists in the first two frames before Heather Mears '13 took over setting duties and dished out 12 in the second half of the match. Kucharski led her team with 15 digs, followed by Kendra Ouimette '15 with 14 and Carolyn Hajdusek '15 with 10.
Amherst will resume its conference schedule by traveling to take on Tufts University this Friday at 6 p.m. Western New England will play two matches on Saturday, hosting Babson at 11 a.m. before welcoming UMass Dartmouth to town for a 3 p.m. match.