Jeffs Salvage Weekend with Win Over Camels

Hunter2 Courtesy of Tufts University

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Amherst College volleyball team stopped a three-match losing streak in NESCAC play with a three-set victory over Connecticut College Saturday at Tufts University's Cousens Gym.

The Lord Jeffs won by set scores of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-23 to improve to 12-4 overall and 2-3 in the league. Amherst has won three of its last four overall, while Connecticut College lost its second in a row to dip to 12-6 (4-3 NESCAC). 

Lauren Antion '15 (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the Amherst effort by filling the stat sheet with six kills (.429), four service aces, two solo blocks and three block assists. Cristy Meier '12 (San Anselmo, Calif.) had a match-high 13 kills and was in on three blocks. 

Abigail Hunter '13 (Kentfield, Calif.) matched Antion's .429 hitting percentage by finishing with eight kills and just two errors in 14 attempts. The Lord Jeffs recorded nine team blocks, while Kristin Keeno '13 (Honolulu, Hawaii) was also excellent defensively with 22 digs in the three sets.

KC Kanoff '12 (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) had seven of her nine total kills in the first set for the Lord Jeffs, also adding nine digs to the defensive effort on the day. Seven kills by Meier led Amherst in the second set, and she was again the offensive leader in the third set with five kills. Callie Neilson '13 (Escondido, Calif.) recorded 35 assists in the win. 

Nine kills each by Bianca Smith and Rachel Schroff led the Connecticut College cause, with Katie Ketcham contributing 31 assists to the effort. On the defensive side, Ally Terlizzi dug 16 Amherst attack attempts, while Calli Stavola recorded a solo block and two assists.

A loss would have dropped Amherst into a tie for eighth place in the NESCAC standings, but the win moved them into sole possession of seventh. The Lord Jeffs will host Westfield State Wednesday at 7 p.m. before  traveling to Colby next weekend for three conference matches.